The Ph.D. program prepares expert clinicians as nurse scientists; it is the preferred research intensive doctorate in nursing. Through the investigation of clinical problems, graduates contribute to the development, validation, and refinement of theory and the advancement of the body of nursing knowledge. Ph.D. nurses are prepared to assume leadership positions in practice, education, and research with the ultimate goal of improving health care.
The Ph.D. program consists of 70 hours, 24 of which may transferred from master's level work. The remaining credits are distributed among nursing science, philosophy, research, and support courses. A graduate-level statistics course is a pre- or co -requisite to the first semester of study. This course is offered in the School of Nursing as NURS 671 - Biostatistics.
After admission to candidacy the semester following successful completion of the comprehensive examination, PhD students undertake significant, original research in nursing as the basis for completing their dissertations. They have 5 years to complete an acceptable dissertation.