East Tennessee State University

College of Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


807 University Pkwy

Johnson City, TN 37604

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. Nursing

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) degree program at ETSU is to prepare expert practitioners and nurse scientists who are capable of conducting research that will improve health and provide leadership in the health care delivery system. Graduates of the program will meet an escalating need for nurse educators and researchers in schools of nursing, health agencies, and complex health care delivery systems across the state and nation. The Ph.D. program prepares students with advanced knowledge and skills in the science of nursing, with an emphasis on the application of knowledge to improve the health of rural and/or under served population groups. The student is expected to demonstrate a sound knowledge of research methods and techniques of data analysis,and acquire analytical and leadership skills for dealing with social, ethical,cultural, economic, and political issues related to nursing, health care education, and research. The curriculum is designed to provide the student with coursework in the philosophy of science, ethics, statistical procedures,research methods, nursing science, and selected in-depth study in a selected cognate area. The curriculum is designed to accommodate working professionals. A dissertation on a topic of interest is required.


East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033, telephone (404) 679-4500, or Website with any question regarding the accreditation of East Tennessee State University.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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