The PhD degree in nursing is designed to prepare nurse researchers, educators and leaders who are ready to engage in knowledge development relevant to nursing science and practice. The program is offered in a hybrid format, only requiring 2-4 days on campus each quarter. Concentration and elective courses are taken during the academic year, with LLU, through the NEXus partnership, or at another university (a limited number of units may be transferred). A student’s dissertation interest should fit with established research programs or professional expertise of School of Nursing faculty. After completion of coursework, the student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to integrate all that was learned in their didactic coursework through completion of a comprehensive examination. In consultation with the student’s chosen committee the dissertation proposal is written and presented. Following approval, data collection ensues and the final defense conducted.
This schedule is designed to accommodate the needs of adult learners, either full time or part time students who have a professional commitment during the academic year. The program may be completed in 3-4 years full-time and up to 7 years part-time.
Program Length3-4 years full-time; Up to 7 years part time
Possible CareersNurse Scientist, Nurse Faculty, Nurse Leader
|Quarter||Application Open||Priority Deadline||Final Deadline|
|Winter of 2023||Jul 1, 2021||—||Nov 1, 2022|
|Spring of 2023||Mar 31, 2022||—||Nov 1, 2022|
|Autumn of 2023||Sep 1, 2022||—||Apr 1, 2023|