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Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program is designed to prepare nurse scientists who will assume a variety of roles in education, research, leadership and health policy. The goal of the program is to prepare nurse scientists to:

  • generate knowledge, test interventions and evaluate outcomes to reduce risks of illness/disability and promote quality of life
  • collaborate with other disciplines to improve the delivery of health care
  • assume research, leadership, executive, public policy and/or teaching roles
  • affect health policy through the application of scientific knowledge.


Two progression tracks are offered in the program:

  • BSN to PhD : This track is an innovative approach to recruit students into graduate study at an early point in their nursing career.  These students will complete the first year of coursework at the master’s level and then continue on to the doctoral level work without earning a master’s degree.
  • MSN to PhD : The MSN to PhD students will enter directly into the doctoral coursework.

Plan of Study

Full or part-time programs of study are available, but  full time study is highly recommended so students can devote themselves entirely to the program and immerse themselves in the life of a scholar.

Each student’s plan of study will include required core courses and elective courses based on individual student interests. Health policy, leadership, and research practicums are also part of the plan. This allows doctoral students opportunities for application of the various roles expected of them as future nurse leaders.

A dissertation will be required once coursework is completed and qualifying exams are successfully taken. Learn more about the PhD program...

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