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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
"The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) represents the highest level of formal education for a career in research and the scholarship of discovery. In the scientific arena within and beyond the Academy, the PhD is the beginning preparation for the development of independence in scientific pursuit. Post-doctoral study is recommended for depth in a field" (AACN).
The PhD in nursing program prepares nurse scientists and scholars with a heavy focus on scientific content and research methodology, and requires an original research project including completion and defense of a dissertation.
The doctoral program is designed with both post-baccalaureate and post-master's entry points.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2010) The researched-focused doctoral program
in nursing: Pathways to excellence. Report of the AACN Research-Focused Task Force.
Washington, D.C.: Author.