Doctoral Program Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program in the School of Nursing at Georgia State University is one of the oldest in the state, having been initiated in 1986. Education at the doctoral level prepares nurse scholars in the areas of research, practice and education. Because the Ph.D. program a research-based doctorate, there is no clinical practice requirement in the course of study.

Most students enrolled in the Ph.D. program are licensed registered nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing. A program of study is also available for nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing who intend to pursue an academic research career.

The doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program at GSU is a distance-accessible program. Courses include limited on-campus meetings, with most classes being taught on a web-based learning management system.


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Regena Spratling, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP
Assistant Professor
Director, PhD in Nursing Program
Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions

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The Doctor of Philosophy program is offered as a web-facilitated program.  Courses include onsite and synchronous and asynchronous classes.

Fall Application Deadlines:

Deadline:  February 1st

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