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, and 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 knowledge on health determinants through transdisciplinary research and team science. Our program emphasizes collegial relationships between expert and developing scholars with regard to research, grant writing and publications. We are proud of our graduates, who 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, 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 healthcare through leadership in practice and education
Upon conclusion of your studies, you will have developed expertise in conceptualizing, conducting and translating research relevant to health and wellness of patients, their families and communities.