Qualitative Analysis of Student Perceptions of Bachelor of Science-to-Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Programs

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Eunhee Park, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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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. [J Nurs Educ. 2015;54(10):542–549.]

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Journal of Nursing Education
Language: English
Date: 2015
Nursing, students, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Bachelor of Nursing (BSN)

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