Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

The Ph.D. (Nursing) degree was first instituted on September 27, 1979. The latest curricular revisions were approved by the UP Board of Regents on February 1, 1995.

The main purpose of the program leading to the Ph.D. (Nursing) is to strengthen and deepen the intellectual and scholastic capability of graduate nurses in order to enhance the theory and science-based practice of the profession.


Program of Study
Completion of forty-eight (48 units) is required by the program. Thirty-six (36 units) are credited to academic courses and twelve (12 units) for the dissertation. A full-time doctoral student enrolls in 12 units of academic work per semester.

Curricular Program Requirements Units
Major 6
Core 24
Electives/Cognates 6
Dissertation 12
TOTAL 48


Admission Criteria
The following are the minimum NGOHS requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in nursing;
  2. Good scholastic record from any recognized institution of higher learning;
  3. Master of Arts in Nursing or other health-related field. If masters degree is not in Nursing, the applicant must take relevant courses in the masters level and pass the qualifying examination;
  4. At least 2 years of experience as a professional nurse in a hospital/community or public/private health agency;
  5. Duly accomplished Application Form (available at the Graduate Office or through www.upm.edu.ph/gradoffice) together with the following documents:
    1. Original copy of the official Transcript of Records;
    2. Two (2) letters of reference;
    3. Receipt of processing fee paid at the UPM Cashier’s Office;
    4. Certified true copy of college diploma with the seal of the university and the signature of the registrar in ink;
    5. Birth certificate (original to be presented for verification);
    6. Marriage certificate (present original for verification);
    7. 4 passport-size photos;
    8. Essay on an 8-1/2 x 11” sheet of paper describing your motivation for pursuing graduate study and your view of self-directed learning as a method of instruction, and a description of your research interest;
    9. Outline of a dissertation proposal with an acceptable title.
  6. For foreign applicants, additional requirements include:
    1. Original Transcript of Records duly authenticated by consulate/embassy;
    2. Certified true copy of the English translation of the diploma with the seal of the university and the signature of the registrar in ink, duly authenticated by the consulate/embassy;
    3. Official TOEFL (or its equivalent) score of at least 500 (written test) or 173 (computerized test) if English is not the medium of instruction in the country of origin;
    4. Affidavit of support or certification of financial capability.


Graduation Requirements

  1. GWA of 1.75 or better in all courses taken and in major courses provided there is no grade of 5.00 in any of them.
  2. Completion of at least 36 units (24 units of core courses, 6 units of content courses and 6 units of cognates) of the prescribed academic courses.
  3. Passing the comprehensive examination.
  4. Satisfactory completion and submission of 6 bound copies of the dissertation.



The courses are distributed as follows:

Content Courses
Two to three courses (6 units) of any of the following nursing subjects meant to give depth in theoretical and experiential knowledge of the profession.

N-320     Behavioral Perspectives in Health & Illness
N-330     Dynamics of Human Development (Research Approaches)
N-331      PathoPhysiologic Processes & Management
N-332     Seminar in Maternal & Child Health Nursing
N-333     Seminar in Families in Crisis
N-334     Seminar in Body Image
N-341      Dynamics of Psychopathology
N-342     Organization of Mental Health Service
N-344     Seminar in Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing
N-345     Research Psychotherapy
N-351      Issues in Health Legislation
N-352     Program Evaluation
N-354     Transcultural Nursing
N-364     Seminar in Nursing
N-390     Independent Study


Core (Theory and Methodology) Courses
Eight subjects (24 units) a designed to establish knowledge base and enhance critical thinking necessary in the development of the Nurse Scientist.

N-301     Nursing Theory I
N-302     Nursing Theory II
N-303     Seminar in Philosophy & Bioethics
N-304     Research Methods
N-350     Nursing and Health Program Development
N-353     Dynamics of Nursing Practice
N-398     Advanced Statistics in Nursing
N-399     Seminar in Nursing Research


Cognates
Two to three courses (6 units) from any of the following disciplines to broaden learning in non-nursing, but related, fields.

Administration Philosophy
Anthropology Physiology
Biostatistics Public Health
Economics Psychology
Education Social Work
Epidemiology Sociology
Home Economics Statistics



Dissertation (N-400)
Twelve units of study done as a final phase of the program. It involves a high level of analytical and research competence. Presentation of the proposal and defense of the findings of the study are required.

N-400 may be enrolled in after the student has successfully passed the Comprehensive Examinations.