Qualitative analysis of student perceptions of bachelor of science-to-doctor of philosophy in nursing programs

Neil E. Peterson, Karen O. Moss, Gwyneth R. Milbrath, Jane R. von Gaudecker, Eunhee Park, Mihee Chung

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: To address the shortage of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)-prepared nursing faculty, universities in the United States offer direct-entry Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-to-PhD nursing programs. Little research has been conducted to explore students’ perceptions of these programs and to formally evaluate the successes and opportunities for growth of this academic track. METHOD: Focusing on the perceptions and experiential reflection of BSN-to-PhD education, a survey with open-ended questions was distributed among voluntary participants who are current BSN-to-PhD students or recent graduates (within 5 years) from various universities in the United States. Textual data were analyzed using a qualitative descriptive approach with thematic analysis. RESULTS: This article elaborates on opportunities, challenges, and suggestions related to this educational route, as recognized by 21 participants from seven universities. CONCLUSION: The study findings may facilitate discussion among nurse educators to revise programs to be congruent with the needs of current students while paving the way for future scholars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542-549
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Volume54
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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