The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in nursing program was designed to prepare nurses for leadership positions in academia; of which there is an enormous national demand. The goal of the program is to prepare nurse scientists and academicians who will contribute to knowledge development, theory generation, and hypothesis testing. Students are educated to communicate and function across disciplines, therefore will also advance multidisciplinary teaching and research. PhD graduates will be nurse scholars who:
Develop the empirical and theoretical bases of nursing practice within a defined research program
Utilize advanced research methodologies and technology in the pursuit of knowledge
Demonstrate expertise in communication of research findings to the scientific and social policy communities
Provide leadership in the development and application of knowledge to nursing research, practice and education using multidisciplinary perspectives
Relate nursing research to the development and/or implementation of health care policy regionally, nationally and internationally
Integrate knowledge of our multicultural society into nursing research to improve and enhance health care and reduce disparities in health outcomes.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission