PhD in Nursing
Saint Louis University's Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree program is an intellectually stimulating, innovative, and student-friendly PhD program that prepares RNs as scholars and skilled researchers. Students who complete the PhD program contribute to the continued development of the discipline and profession of nursing by:
- Integrating advanced knowledge to construct and test models.
- Developing and implementing programs of research to expand the knowledge base.
- Applying ethical principles in analyzing health- and practice-related issues.
- Providing leadership for academic and/or clinical nursing.
PhD Program Options
The School of Nursing gives students two options of study in the PhD nursing program. Students are admitted annually to both options in the fall semester. School of Nursing offers full-time and part-time study for the PhD nursing program:
- Full-time: Features most nursing classes are offered on Friday mornings and afternoons during fall and spring semesters. An additional course during the week in the late afternoon or early evening may be required. The schedule time for the class takes in consideration students in different time zones, as necessary. Also, the first summer offers two shorter courses.
- Part-time: Features usually two courses each semester for fall and spring semesters
Program requirements are the same whether you choose to study on-campus or use real-time Web technology to join classes. Only the method of course delivery varies. Students at a distance may find that their area of concentration may focus on the nurse educator role because not all departments at the University off online courses. However, there is some flexibility to take individual courses from other departments. Prospective students are encouraged to discuss their options with the director of the PhD nursing program. Saint Louis University's programs are open to all without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran's status. Minority and international students are encouraged to apply.
Generous scholarships are available. Full-time research assistantships are available to students in the St. Louis area. The School of Nursing participates in the federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program.