The School of Nursing, one of the oldest doctoral programs in the state, has prepared nurse scholars for the areas of teaching and research since 1986. Because the doctoral program is academic, research-based program there is no clinical practice requirement in the course of study. All students enrolled in the Ph.D. program are assumed to be licensed registered nurses and hold a master’s degree, in nursing. The Ph.D. program focuses on health promotion, protection and restoration with an emphasis on vulnerable populations.
The Ph.D. program prepares nurse scholars and researchers to make tangible and socially relevant contributions both to the profession and to the larger society. It is centered on developing and maintaining an active, dialogical learning community, one in which faculty and students are viewed as co-learners and which embraces communities of professionals and the larger society.