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Nursing Science, Ph.D.

College of Nursing

Prepare for a nursing research career in an academic, clinical or health system setting with the power to transform the health of patients, families and communities.

This degree is designed to prepare graduates for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry through creative scholarship and research. Students in this doctoral program acquire the knowledge and skills to conduct research that will contribute to furthering nursing science, practice, education and administration.

Program Highlights

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    Earn a doctoral degree with generous tuition support and executive-style weekend course delivery.

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    Research Leadership

    Learn from mentored research experiences and electives that lead to dissertation preparation and defense.

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    Flexible Delivery

    Enjoy mixed curriculum delivery within an executive-style program integrating monthly campus sessions.

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    Learn and Work

    Join a flexible and rigorous Ph.D. education with convenient online learning that allows you to continue working.

What You’ll Study

The curriculum includes courses in nursing research roles, theories and methods. Beyond the core curriculum, develop an individual course of study, including mentored research experiences and elective courses that lead to the preparation and defense of a dissertation.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

  • Examine Evidence

    Gathering and analyzing information for decision-making or problem-solving purposes


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Nursing Scientist
  • Nursing Scholar
  • Academic Faculty Member
  • Researcher

Workplace Settings

  • Nursing Science
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Administration