Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Starts August 18, 2021

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) offered by the WVU School of Nursing prepares you to contribute to the body of nursing knowledge, educate the next generation, and assume collaborative leadership roles in shaping health policy, improving health, and reducing disparity. The program prepares nurse scientists for roles research, teaching, clinical and policy leadership positions. Upon graduation, you can be employed as faculty members in university settings, nurse researchers in academic institutions, senior nursing administrators in hospitals or other health care systems, in high level legislative or policy positions, or as independent consultants.

  • Online Courses
  • Residency Required
Degree Awarded
  • Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
Next Start Date
  • August 18, 2021

The Ph.D. in Nursing offers both part-time and full-time options, composed of in-person and online learning components. Currently, three years of coursework is delivered online during fall and spring semesters, and summer courses are offered in a seminar-style, face-to-face format. Once students defend a dissertation proposal, they advance to become doctoral candidates. Students then complete the research and dissertation phase, which culminates in a written and oral dissertation defense.

The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to educate nurse scholar-scientists for research-intensive roles. The program prepares graduates who are well prepared to contribute to the body of nursing knowledge; educate the next generation; and assume collaborative leadership roles. These objectives are achieved through upholding the following expectations of WVU School of Nursing scholars:

  1. Rigorously test, generate, and extend knowledge to inform nursing science, practice, and policy.
  2. Contribute to the development of knowledge and interventions to address health disparity and promote or improve health.
  3. Assume collaborative leadership roles in academia, healthcare organizations, research teams, and scholarly networks.
  4. Demonstrate expertise within an area of study that incorporates nursing and transdisciplinary perspectives.
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