School of Nursing Doctor of Philosophy

The OHSU School of Nursing offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program to prepare nurses for expanded research, teaching, and clinical roles.


Program at a Glance

  • The Ph.D. program opened in the fall of 1985, the 28th in the US, 6th in the West.
  • The Ph.D. is a research-intensive degree and faculty have expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Approximately 40 Ph.D. students are enrolled
  • See meet our students for examples of dissertation topics.
  • Courses are taught to both face-to-face students and distance students using "distance friendly" technology.
  • OHSU is a health sciences campus with access to laboratories, clinical populations and research centers.
  • The average time to completion of the degree is 5.4 years
  • Ph.D. students from Western states in the western Regional Graduate Program pay in-state tuition.

Contact the Program Director

Jill Bennett

Jill Bennett, Ph.D., R.N.

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