Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Advance Health Care through Innovative Research
Do you aspire to make innovative discoveries to improve human health? Consider our online Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program offered at a full-or part-time pace.With a focus on research in a clinical, academic or scientific environment, our PhD program coursework is completed fully online. Our program is built to work with your education experience with a 79-credit BSN-PhD option, 64-credit MS-PhD option, a PhD/DNP dual degree and a post-DNP PhD option with an individualized plan of study.
Dynamic Online Environment
- Commitment to student success
- Inspirational and effective teaching and mentoring
- Connected online community of faculty and students
- Cutting-edge curriculum
- Leaders in online teaching
- Robust resources and technology
- Leading-edge research and scholarship
- Faculty engaged in multidisciplinary research
- New thinking for the future in nursing science, health and healthcare
As a graduate from our PhD program, you will:
- generate and disseminate knowledge to advance nursing science and facilitate its translation into practice
- design and evaluate innovations to improve health outcomes
- engage in and lead collaborative research teams
- influence health science agenda-setting and policy initiatives
Our Areas of Research Excellence
Beyond a one-size fits all approach, creating personalized health treatment and prevention based on people’s specific profiles (e.g., genetics, background, history).
Studying complex systems (e.g., big data, health care settings, populations, disease states) and novel approaches to improve the delivery of health care.
Discovering the complex factors that influence health (e.g., personal, economic, societal, environmental) and translating them to actions that will advance health and well-being.
Meet Our Students & Graduates
Even a BSN student, Brooke Finley knew she wanted to pursue research. “I always asked ‘What’s next?’ ‘What does this mean?’” said Finley. “There’s always something more you can know. That first day, I felt like all my questions were answered and more.”Read more
"I was born and raised in rural South Africa, where health care services are either unavailable or inaccessible. My research topic was self-care behaviors of rural women post-invasive coronary interventions. Rural women and cardiovascular disease are my passion."Read more
"I see my journey as a future nurse scientist as an opportunity to be a caregiver and a researcher to improve health outcomes. Although my research focus is in technology, I still believe in the power of human touch. I would like to find the appropriate balance of the use of technology with patient care..”Read more
Accreditation & Affiliations
The University of Arizona College of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing.
Recent changes to the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 include a series of regulations on individual state authorizations concerning distance education programs. The State Authorization Regulations require The University of Arizona and the College of Nursing to comply with individual state higher education authorizations of our programs and thus we may not be able to offer programs in certain locations.
The College of Nursing also complies with state Board of Nursing and/or Nurse Practice Act requirements, which may limit the availability of our programs in certain states where teaching is considered an integral part of nurse practice.
At present, The University of Arizona College of Nursing is NOT authorized to offer or award the PhD degree as a distance education program in: