The College of Nursing Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) program prepares nurse scholars to become leaders that advance nursing as an academic, research and practice discipline. During this program, doctoral students will participate in critical appraisal, knowledge generation, research synthesis and knowledge transfer. As graduates, these nurse scientists will contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities with recognition of their diversities, vulnerabilities and their environments for health and care.
The PhD program prepares nurse scientists who will:
- develop in-depth knowledge of a substantive area of nursing science
- develop conceptual and analytical skills in nursing knowledge, theory development and theory testing
- integrate knowledge from nursing and related disciplines that supports health for individuals, families and communities at the local, national and international levels
- actively participate in the development of nursing knowledge, adding to the evidentiary base for nursing practice
- demonstrate excellence in nursing scholarship
- model values consistent with integrity in science and professional nursing
- provide leadership in the nursing profession
- advance nursing as an academic and practice discipline
- demonstrate skills in scholarly writing, grant application and knowledge transfer
- work collaboratively with professionals, scientists in other disciplines and other stakeholders to solve problems and challenges to effect improvements in health for populations within the context of diversity and vulnerability
- conduct original doctoral research that will lead to a future program of research.