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Application Deadlines

Students are admitted to the PhD program one time per year.  BSN entry students typically begin classes in the spring term.  Masters entry Students begin classes in the summer term.

The PhD program is planned for part-time study. The part-time program is expected to take 4 to 5 years of part-time study for master's-prepared applicants, with an additional year for students admitted under the BSN option. Students will be required to complete 6 credit hours of prescribed courses in the first summer term, and then 6 credit hours of prescribed courses each term (Fall, Spring, Summer) until completion of the coursework. Options exist for students who wish to complete the program faster. On acceptance into the program, each student will be required to commit to a program of studies.

For the first three years of enrollment, all students are required to come to Albuquerque for 1 week each summer term for an intensive on-the-ground experience (Residency Week). Students are also required to attend the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Research Conference for two years, where they will have opportunities to present their scholarship and meet with their faculty, classmates, and other scholars from the western states. The WIN Research Conference is held in a different city in the western region each year. After attendance at two WIN Conferences, students are required to attend at least one research conference each year (approved by their Committee on Studies) until completion of their degree. Students are responsible for the cost of conference registration and travel to the meetings.