School of Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy

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 Program at a glance

  • The Ph.D. is a research-intensive degree to prepare nurse scientists.
  • A Ph.D. can be completed in 3-7 years.
  • Courses are taught in person on the Portland campus.
  • OHSU is a health sciences campus with access to laboratories, clinical populations and research centers.
  • See meet our Ph.D. faculty to learn about faculty research expertise.
  • Meet our Ph.D. students to learn about their research.

Dual admissions options

Accelerated Bachelor's to PhD
Earn your bachelor of science with a major in nursing degree in 15 months and transition directly to the PhD in nursing program.

Program Mission: Prepare graduates who

  • Contribute to the advancement of nursing science in a substantive area of research
  • Provide leadership in the discipline directed toward accessible, high-quality health care, excellent nursing education and translation of research into practice

Program Purpose: Prepares scientists who will be educated to develop new knowledge through research and assume positions of leadership in academic and health care settings.

Featured news

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Robin Tarter, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.

Celebrating Robin Tarter!
Robin Tarter, R.N., B.S.N., M.S

Please join us in congratulating Robin Tarter, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., who received the Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP) for Ph.D. candidates. This award helps support select students in the final stages of their dissertation.

Robin’s dissertation, “Unpaid Care Labor for Older Adult Parents: Gendered Agency, Constraint, and Health”, will consist of three manuscripts. The HARP will support statistical analysis of secondary data for just one manuscript, “Perceived Choice, Care Intensity, and Social Position: The Health Impact of Unpaid Care Labor for Older Adults”. 

The roles and numbers of unpaid caregivers will swell with the growing population of older adults. The care they provide is essential, as is support for them. Robin’s dissertation chair, Dena Hassouneh, Ph.D., A.N.P. P.M.H.N.P., F.A.A.N., wrote in support of Robin’s application, “Robin seeks to understand the complex interplay of individual, familial, cultural and structural factors in the experience of providing unpaid care labor to older adults and associated caregiver health outcomes (Hassouneh, D., personal communication, April 14, 2020.)”.

Robin expressed her gratitude writing, “I have been incredibly lucky to have the wonderful mentorship of Drs. Dena Hassouneh, [Allison] Lindauer, and [Martha] Driessnack, and I want to recognize and thank them as well.  It is a true honor to receive this grant and it will make a great difference in my work (Tarter, R., personal communication, April 24, 2020)”.

Congratulations to Robin as she advances to the next stage of her nursing career! 

At the end of the PhD program the graduate will be able  to:

  1. Master in-depth  knowledge in a substantive area.
  2. Appreciate the history and philosophy of  science.
  3. Critique and integrate different science perspectives  in the conduct of research to generate new ideas.
  4. Design and  conduct original research.
  5. Participate in  interprofessional research.
  6. Utilize  professional and research  ethics and judgment in the  conduct of research.
  7. Assume leadership in the conduct of culturally competent scholarship to improve policy and practice.
  8. Communicate scholarship to multiple  audiences including through peer referred publications and presentations.
  9. Appreciate the  components of scholarship: research,  teaching, and service to the profession.
  10. Understand the evolving roles  and responsibilities of a nurse scholar.
  11. Lead in  advancing the profession.
  12. Contribute to the education of future scholars through discovery, teaching, and healing.
Course Catalog

For all program specifics, Student Learning Outcomes and detailed school information, check out the School of Nursing Catalog/Student Handbook.

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