Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) introduction
For nurses who wish to excel in research and scholarly activities
It is estimated that of the nearly 2.7 million registered nurses licensed in the United States today, fewer than 10 percent have an advanced degree. Fewer than one percent of nurses have a doctoral degree. You have the opportunity to contribute to the profession of nursing as a scientist and scholar during an exciting time in the history of the profession, and a time of great need for your expertise. Nurses provide care and services to improve the health of individuals and populations. The PhD program in the College of Nursing supports this goal by preparing nurse scientists who can advance the knowledge base for nursing practice through research and scholarly activities.
There are three major foci of scholarship within the college. The first area addresses risk reduction, health promotion and symptom management. The second area addresses health promotion in women, infants, and youth and the third area on acute and complex illness. All three areas overlap with and complement each other. In all areas, faculty integrate biological, psychological, behavioral, and social measures to capture the dynamic processes underlying these phenomena and test innovative approaches to improve health and healthcare outcomes.
The emphasis of our program is on collegial relationships between expert and developing scholars with regard to research, grant writing, and publications. Our graduates serve as scientists and scholars in the profession of nursing, contributing at all levels of practice and teaching. As a graduate of the PhD program at Ohio State, you will be able to:
• synthesize knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to develop and test theory that affects health
• conduct research that builds nursing science and theory
• develop and implement collaborative research projects with nurses and scholars from other disciplines
• promote the delivery of quality health care through leadership in practice and education
Wealth of opportunities
The College of Nursing is one of seven health sciences colleges located on the Ohio State campus, which affords a wealth of opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research collaboration.
The College of Nursing houses two laboratories equipped to measure genetic and protein biomarkers expression in tissue and fluid samples. The laboratory is staffed with a research technician to help faculty and students learn particular bioassays to be performed in the laboratory in the course of their research. The Center for Research and Transdisciplinary Scholarship provides statistical consultation and access to editorial services to assist you in the development of your research and dissemination of the findings.
Full- and part-time study is available. Student loans are typically deferred when enrolled in graduate school.
Full-time students can compete for generous scholarships to support their doctoral studies. These awards pay tuition and a stipend for up to two years. Students receive assistance with preparing applications for grants and research support. Graduate students in nursing are eligible for appointment as a graduate associate in administration (GAA), research (GRA), and teaching (GTA) within the College of Nursing and throughout the university. These positions provide a stipend and full graduate tuition and fees in exchange for a 50% FTE work commitment.
Eligible students may be awarded a Graduate School Fellowship, which includes a stipend and graduate tuition and fees with no work commitment. Fellowship funding is limited to the first year of doctoral study, with a second year of fellowship paid once the Candidacy Examination has been passed and the dissertation period begins. Additional financial aid, including scholarships, is available on a competitive basis. Student loans are typically deferred when enrolled in graduate school.
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