The Doctor of Philosophy prepares nurse researchers with expertise in vulnerable populations. The PhD prepared nurse serves the public by designing and conducting research on relevant clinical, educational, health systems, and/or health policy topics. Following graduation, a nurse with a PhD may pursue a research career in the academic, business, government, or industrial setting. Nurses with a PhD may also serve as educators and/or administrators and develop or consult on health care policy in a variety of settings.
To ensure successful completion of all requirements for graduation, including the dissertation, PhD students are carefully matched with skilled researchers on faculty at MCN who serve as the student's advisor throughout their program of study. Core course content enables the student to achieve the American Association of Colleges of Nursing quality indicators for research-focused doctoral programs.
Students in the PhD Program are required to attend courses on campus. Faculty may use video conferencing and web-enhanced course delivery as an alternative method of instruction, at the faculty's discretion. An intensive full-day orientation is provided to prepare new students with the tools necessary for a quality graduate experience.