How Online Programs Work
Learn about how to earn your Nursing Ph.D. online through the University of North Dakota.
You can earn your degree from the University of North Dakota while you continue to live and work in your own community. Your transcript and diploma will look the same as for a student who graduated from UND by taking traditional on-campus courses.
You'll receive the convenience of online learning with the personal contact and connection of being with classmates through online tools - ways of communicating across distances, connecting to others and their ideas, and presenting information.
While the entire degree is offered online, you will be required to come to campus once per year to complete your intensive experiences
The Ph.D. nursing courses are offered online with synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Ph.D. designated synchronous classes are most often offered on Tuesdays from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. CST, although some variation from this schedule may occur.
To complete your coursework, on-campus intensive experiences (NURS 556 1 credit) are required once per year (usually in the fall semester). These intensive experiences are 3-4 days in length. During your intensive experience, you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, your advisor, and your peers. You will be submersed into a community of scholars, gain skills in scholarly discourse, and be mentored into your future role as a nurse scientist, through a variety of activities, presentations, and workshops.
“Live” Online Classes
As an online student in “live” online classes, you’ll:
- Interact with your instructors and other students using web conferencing technology
- See your instructor’s materials as though you were sitting in a classroom on the UND campus
- Participate in “live” class lectures and discussions, which are typically held on Tuesdays from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
In this manner, the class lectures, discussion and collaboration are conducted in a very similar fashion to traditional on campus classes.