Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Established in 1975, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program is designed to prepare researchers and scholars to provide leadership to the profession and discipline of nursing. The program emphasizes the development of the student's capacity to make significant, original contributions to nursing knowledge.

The understanding that nursing provides services that help individuals, families, and communities achieve health drives the PhD program. These services are based on systematic knowledge about human health and human-environment relationships. Particular attention is given to the kinds of human-environment relationships that are optimal for health. This systematic knowledge base is the foundation of nursing science.


The PhD program prepares nurse scholars who create new knowledge to advance the science of nursing.


Director, PhD Program
April Hazard Vallerand PhD, RN, FAAN

Academic Services Officer
Alicia Scheerhorn, MBA: DNP and PhD students