The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Distance Program prepares graduates for research careers. After establishing a research trajectory in the PhD Program, graduates will be prepared to make lifelong contributions to theory, practice, policy, leadership, and education. The goal is preparation of researchers in a defined area of nursing inquiry.

Learning Outcomes

The PhD in Nursing Expected Learning Outcomes have been adopted from AACN (2010) THE RESEARCH-FOCUSED DOCTORAL PROGRAM IN NURSING: PATHWAYS TO EXCELLENCE, American Association of Colleges of Nursing. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/pdf/PhDPosition.pdf. Accessed November 20, 2010.

Develop the Science

  • Master in-depth knowledge in a substantive area
  • Appreciate the history and philosophy of science
  • Understand the evolving nature of the nursing discipline
  • Critique and integrate different science perspectives in the conduct of research
  • Generate new ideas based on a critical evaluation of existing knowledge
  • Conduct original research
  • Utilize professional and research ethics and judgment in the conduct of research
  • Assume leadership in the conduct of culturally competent scholarship to improve nursing practice
  • Communicate research findings to lay and professional audiences and identify implications for policy, nursing practice, and the profession

Steward the Discipline

  • Integrate the components of scholarship: research, teaching, mentoring, and service to the profession
  • Communicate scholarship including peer-refereed publications and presentations for professional interdisciplinary audiences
  • Understand the evolving roles and responsibilities of a nurse scholar
  • Lead in advancing the profession

Educate the Next Generation

  • Conduct team science and participate and lead interdisciplinary research teams
  • Provide professional and research mentorship to others
  • Contribute to a global community of scholars
  • Contribute to the formal and informal education of future nurses through discovery, application, and integration


Application for Fall 2020 opens in September 1st and the deadline is December 1st

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Program Manager
Carrie Radmall
Phone: 801-581-8798
Email: carrie.radmall@nurs.utah.edu

To consult faculty on the program of study or your research career, contact:

Assistant Dean, PhD Program
Paula Meek, RN, PhD, FAAN
Email: paula.meek@nurs.utah.edu

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