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PhD in Nursing

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Enroll in the PhD in Nursing program and learn how to design, conduct, and disseminate research that will generate new knowledge. Your work can help change nursing science, healthcare, and nursing practice. You will join a small cohort of nurse scholars, developing supportive relationships with these fellow students and faculty. Faculty and staff are accessible and committed to your success, and you will have regular research and academic mentoring through the establishment of your career as a nurse scientist. Approximately two-thirds of our students are funded through research/teaching assistantship, scholarships, or Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program awards.

Western Regional Graduate Program

If you’re a resident of 16 western states or territories, you may qualify for the in-state tuition rate – a savings of thousands of dollars per semester.

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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 completed online within specific time frames.

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.

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Course work

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.

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Graduates are qualified for advanced faculty appointments or for research roles in a number of healthcare 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.

Careers and job titles of our graduates include:

  • Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor
  • Positions in business, private, or public sectors in health care
  • Nurse Scientist
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Chief of Clinical Research
  • Director of Clinical Performance Lab
  • Director of Research
  • Director of Inter-professional Education

Research and Teaching Assistant positions are available. Contact the Academic Coordinator for more information.