Shape the Future of Nursing
Learn from renowned faculty members in a Top-Tier 1 Research Institution, while preparing for a career in research. Surround yourself with passionate peers. Transform the nursing discipline by advancing the theories behind practice and delivery.
The College of Nursing continuously generates research regarding key areas such as women's health, diabetes, health equity and accessibility, caregiving, cancer, and more.
Preparing Student for Research Careers
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program prepares students for research careers. The distance PhD nursing program admits students who have earned a bachelor's degree with a major in nursing (BSN, BS) or a master's degree in nursing or related disciplines. The traditional BS-PhD and MS-PhD tracks share a common program of study with the exception of nine (9) additional MS cognate credits required for BS-PhD students. Occasionally the PhD program also admits cohorts of BS- and MS-PhD students with a specialty focus (such as gerontology or oncology).
The PhD program is offered through synchronous distance education technologies for all students, local and non-local. The core courses are offered utilizing live synchronous videoconferencing technology, allowing students living outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, to participate and complete the program without relocating to Utah.
DNP vs. PHD
|FOCUS||Nursing Practice||Nursing Research|
|DEGREE OBJECTIVE||Prepare the highest level of nursing practice scholars for clinical, administrative, and academic career; terminal degree in practice||Prepare scholars for research and academic careers in public or private sectors of healthcare; terminal degree in research|
|CAREERS||High-level advanced leadership/practitioner within health care system, quality improvement management, health care informatics, clinical educator or professor, policymaker||Nurse researcher, nurse scientist, policymaker, academic professor, educator for health care facility, author|
|CURRICULUM||Coursework will focus on research and analytical methods, theory, and nursing science. Most programs allow student to specialize in research interests that will directly relate to their careers—this research will culminate in a dissertation.||Coursework will focus on a combination of health care policy and advocacy, information systems and technology, health care quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and organizational/systems leadership.|