The Doctor of Philosophy prepares nurse researchers with expertise in vulnerable populations. The Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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.
The Ph.D. in Nursing is an asynchronous online program. Online asynchronous class sessions may be incorporated at the discretion of faculty. PhD specific courses are offered on Fridays during the fall and spring semesters and then on Tuesdays and Fridays in the summer semesters. An intensive orientation is provided to prepare new students with the tools necessary for a quality graduate experience.
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"The PhD in Nursing Program at MCN was the perfect fit for me because of the flexibility in scheduling courses around my work schedule. Some coursework is completed online but I always had the option of on campus assistance anytime I needed, and that is important to me. The faculty work with students and mentor us into the role of nurse researcher. As a student in the PhD program I have always felt supported and valued."
Joe Degitz, PhD '16