The program addresses the two-pronged mission of The Graduate Center: to address the needs of the community and to provide doctoral education for traditionally underrepresented groups. The specific purposes of the Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) program are to: 1.Provide education in nursing, related theories, and empirical research methodology to prepare nurse leaders for quality-based health care for culturally diverse people; and to 2.Expand the knowledge base of nursing practice, health care management, health care policy, and economics through the research and scholarship of faculty and students in the nursing doctoral program.
Graduates of the nursing doctoral program will deepen their ability to think analytically and innovatively to allow them to respond to the complex health care needs of the urban population of New York City and beyond. Students are prepared to assume leadership positions in health care settings and academia and develop and implement nursing outcomes research. The curriculum includes the study of nursing theories as well as other health-related theories, research methods, and health policy/health economics in a context of multidisciplinary partnerships to provide quality-based, comprehensive health care. As the DNS is a clinical research degree, a dissertation is required. This course of study prepares graduates to undertake systematic, applied, funded, research to improve patient outcomes that are the sensitive to the quality of nursing care. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in health care settings and academia and develop and implement nursing outcomes research.
Graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
Demonstrate intellectual leadership in health policy for the promotion of health and elimination of health disparities;
Evaluate theoretical concepts related to nursing and health care;
Conduct nursing outcomes research to promote quality nursing and health care; and
Synthesize research findings to develop and implement multidisciplinary programs that promote the health of people from diverse cultures.
All of CUNY’s campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. All of CUNY’s degree programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education.