The goal of the PhD program at the College of Nursing is to prepare students to conduct clinical research by developing and testing mid-range theories for the generation of new knowledge applicable to nursing practice.
Interdisciplinary research opportunities are emphasized. Invaluable mentoring by faculty members and collegial interactions among doctoral students support the development of nurse researchers.
Established research programs such as the RICH Heart Program and the Tobacco Policy Research Program provide students with the opportunity to work with mentors on long-term studies while working on their dissertations and developing their own research agendas.Research assistantships
are available, and students are supported in applying for extramural funding in the form of grants, scholarships
, and fellowships. Students also are assisted in submitting their research and course projects for publication