Leadership in advanced practice and clinical research

The dual doctorate DNP/PhD program is designed for students who seek to combine leadership in advanced practice with the development of nursing science through clinical research.

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Benefits of the Dual Doctorate

Dual doctorate students at FPB will benefit from the faculty and coursework of both the first DNP program in the country and one of the most widely recognized PhD in nursing programs in the world. The key advantage will be the integration of the clinical and research doctorates during the student’s program of study, thus allowing the students to develop a unique focus for their research and practice.

Graduates will be prepared to excel as clinical researchers and nursing faculty members as well as in careers in healthcare administration and public policy.


Students will complete coursework in a side-by-side fashion, taking courses in both programs concurrently. An overlap of 11 credits between the two programs will be allowed. The dual doctorate program would take a minimum of five years to complete; view a sample program plan here.

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Students will complete two research projects, with the potential for the DNP scholarly project to serve as a pilot study for the PhD dissertation. In addition, students would have the opportunity to complete course requirements for both the DNP and PhD in nursing degrees (55 credits) in three years after which they would complete their proposal development, candidacy exam, proposal defense, scholarly project and final dissertation defense (5 + 18 dissertation credits). Learn more about the combined DNP/PhD degree requirements following completion of required courses for both programs.

Financial Resources

Students in this program may apply for funding through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, which may be part of the DNP degree. It is available to all DNP and PhD students who agree to take the available courses in curriculum/instruction and teaching/evaluation, as well as complete a teaching practicum. Students may be eligible for additional funding opportunities as well.

Application and Admission Requirements

Prospective students must apply to both the PhD and DNP programs, indicating their interest in the dual doctorate within the online application.

Please note: Admission to the DNP program is determined by FPB, whereas admission to the PhD program is determined by the Case Western Reserve University School of Graduate Studies.

Dual Doc Program Info

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Program Director:

Jaclene Zauszniewski

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