Program Description

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.

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Program Length

3-4 years full-time; Up to 7 years part time

Possible Careers

Nurse Scientist, Nurse Faculty, Nurse Leader

Application Deadlines

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
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Notes

70-75% of LLU Nursing students receive financial aid