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

Innovative Program

  • Cutting-edge curriculum 
  • Leaders in online teaching
  • Robust resources and technology   

Visionary Discovery

  • Leading-edge research and scholarship
  • Faculty engaged in multidisciplinary research
  • New thinking for the future in nursing science, health and healthcare

Your Success

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

Precision Science

Beyond a one-size fits all approach, creating personalized health treatment and prevention based on people’s specific profiles (e.g., genetics, background, history).

Data and Systems Science

Studying complex systems (e.g., big data, health care settings, populations, disease states) and novel approaches to improve the delivery of health care.

Health Determinants Science

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

Brooke Finley

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.”

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Mosima Choshi

"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."

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Anthony Tolentino

"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..”

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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

State Authorizations

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:

  • Alabama
  • Washington DC
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Massachusetts
  • American Samoa
  • Puerto Rico
  • Tennessee
  • Guam
  • US Virgin Islands

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) State Authorizations Map

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Director of the PhD Program

Lois J. Loescher, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor & PhD Program Director
loescher@email.arizona.edu
University of Arizona College of Nursing
P.O. Box 210203
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0203