DISCOVERY HAPPENS HERE!
The PhD program at the College of Nursing prepares nurse scientists to advance nursing practice, improve health care delivery, and educate the next generation of nurses. Our faculty and PhD students are engaged in research aimed at enhancing effectiveness of nursing care and practice in specific populations and within various health care settings, contributing to evidence-based knowledge in todays rapidly changing health care system.
PROGRAM DELIVERY: IN CLASS & ONLINE
The program combines in-person course work with a distance/online format. Students need to attend classes at WSU Spokane for the first and last two weeks of the first summer semester. Remaining classes will be delivered over a live video conferencing system and are typically held on Thursday and Friday mornings and afternoons. Additional course work is self-guided and can be completed online within specific timeframes. »View specific program format information.
FACULTY MENTORS ENGAGED IN RESEARCH
The College of Nursing is a research-intensive college, with many of our faculty members actively engaged in funded research programs and projects. Faculty members are accessible and committed to each student’s success, assisting with grant writing and the research process, providing regular mentorship.
Course work focuses on core areas of nursing science, research, education, and methodology. All course work contributes to the development and completion of dissertation work. A flexible, individualized program is available.
WHAT ARE MY CAREER OPTIONS WITH THIS DEGREE?
The PhD in nursing program qualifies nurses for advanced faculty appointments or for research roles in a number of health care settings. Students may focus on research relevant to their current field or practice, engaging in evidence-based research that will help shape health care delivery and processes.
- Advanced faculty appointment
- Positions in business, private, or public sectors in health care
- Nurse Scientist
- Chief of Clinical Research
- Director of Clinical Performance Lab
- Director of Research
- Director of Interprofessional Education
RESEARCH AND TEACHING ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITIES
Research and Teaching Assistant positions are available. Contact the program coordinator for more information.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
There are many resources available for nursing students. Visit our Scholarships and Funding Opportunities page for more information. For information on tuition waivers or Research and Teaching Assistant positions, please contact the program coordinator.
Are you interested in teaching? Students who take nursing education courses and then go on to teach full-time in a nursing school somewhere in the U.S., can have up to 85% of the amount of their loans forgiven through our Nurse Faculty Loan Program. » learn more
To learn about pre-application and admission requirements, visit the PhD Application & Admission page.