PhD in Nursing

Bridge Option for Students With a DNP

Save time in earning your online PhD in Nursing with our DNP to PhD Bridge Option.

Save time in earning your online PhD in Nursing with our DNP to PhD Bridge Option.

Program Details


Minimum Degree Requirements

  • 81 quarter credits* 
    • Foundations course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (20 cr.)
    • Research courses (20 cr.)
    • Doctoral Seminar (5 cr.)
    • Focus area courses (15cr.) Applicants with an earned MSN and DNP will be awarded 15 credits.
    • Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Four PhD residencies (Students will participate in four residencies during their second, fourth, sixth, and eighth terms.)


Walden students have up to eight years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required four terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Admission Requirements

 Program Admission Considerations (DNP-PhD): To be considered for this doctoral program track, you must have a current, active RN license, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements.

General Admission Requirements:Completed online application and transcripts. More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition-Coursework 36 quarter credits  $775 per quarter hour for coursework credits $27,900^
Tuition-Dissertation  20–130 quarter credits $775 per quarter hour for dissertation credits $15,500–$100,750*
Technology Fee   $170 per quarter $1,700–$5,440*
Residency Fee Four residencies $1,420 each (virtual)
$1,520 each (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional.
Estimated Range:     2.5-Year Minimum 8-Year Maximum
      $50,780 $140,170*+

These are ranges of what a student can expect in terms of time and tuition cost to complete a degree. It does not include other fees, nor is it adjusted for tuition increases over time. Walden faculty has concluded that generally students who do not complete their program in eight years are unlikely to complete and only allow students to exceed that time frame when a student petitions for an extension and provides good reason for the delay and assurances that obstacles to completion can be overcome. Time is calculated using the time allowed for each semester or unit that the student completes. Students are encouraged to work continuously during the program so as not to extend the time needed to complete the degree as work can become stale and students lose focus. Students who earn two grades of “Unsatisfactory,” who repeatedly drop a course before a semester or unit has been completed, or are unable to complete in the eight year time frame, should expect that they may be dismissed from the program. Walden believes that it is in the best interest of a student who is unable to complete the degree in the stated ranges to strongly consider withdrawal or obtaining a lesser degree.

Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic such as tuition and fee increases and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; and/or individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; leaves of absence; and/or other personal circumstances.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included. Students may incur additional costs for remedial writing assistance, if necessary.

^This assumes students successfully complete their coursework on the first attempt.

Based on a 2.5-year minimum completion requirement and an eight-year maximum time frame as outlined in Walden academic policy.

*Tuition and fees will be higher if students petition to extend the eight-year maximum time frame or choose to take more expensive elective courses.

+Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-642-0198.

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.


Looking to reach your potential with a doctoral degree? We want to support you by making your goals more achievable. Receive up to a $5,000 grant if you start this program on July 10, 2023. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.


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