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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

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About the Program

Established in 2005, The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing prepares nurse scientists to assume roles as healthcare researchers, faculty and healthcare administrators with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in underserved and rural populations. The Ph.D. program educates nurse scientists in academic, research, practice and policy roles to address healthcare issues in urban, rural, frontier and reservation areas.

Emphasis Options

  • Health promotion and disease prevention in underserved and rural populations
  • Health outcomes
  • Nursing education

All emphases are available on a part-time basis (the length of which is determined on an individual basis). Nursing courses are delivered face-to-face utilizing videoconferencing technology and also web-based instruction. Course schedule will include fall, spring and summer requirements.

Pathways and Curriculum Plans

Pathway 1: 60-credit Ph.D.

This option is for applicants with a master's degree in nursing or related field. We are making some revisions to our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program to better serve our students, as a result, the curriculum plan is currently being updated.

Pathway 2: 90-credit Ph.D.

This option is for applicants with a bachelor's degree in nursing. We are making some revisions to our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program to better serve our students, as a result, the curriculum plan is currently being updated.

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    Program Competencies

    The graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program will demonstrate the competencies:
    • Conduct original research relevant to the discipline of nursing.
    • Integrate nurse scholar and scientist role components of research, teaching, leadership, mentoring and service to the profession.
    • Contribute to the advancement and dissemination of nursing science.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, the graduate will demonstrate the following competencies:
    • Conduct original research: Conduct original research relevant to the discipline of nursing. (Communication Skills; Transferable Skill: Leadership - Management)
    • Integrate nurse scholar and scientist role: Integrate nurse scholar and scientist role components of research, teaching, leadership, mentoring and service to the profession. (Communication Skills; Transferable Skill: Diversity Awareness; Awareness of Public Policy - Regulatory Affairs)
    • Contribute to advancement of nursing science: Contribute to the advancement and dissemination of nursing science. (Communication Skills; Transferable Skill: Leadership - Management)

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