Doctor of Philosophy Program Information

A Research-Focused Doctoral Degree

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The OHSU School of Nursing offers an innovative mentored education leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Students usually complete PhD courses in 2 years, then conduct an independent research study under the guidance of a faculty Dissertation Chair. When research is complete, students write a dissertation either in a traditional format or a manuscript-based dissertation. The total time to earn a PhD degree is 3-7 years.

PhD coursework and mentored research opportunities are designed to provide a solid foundation in nursing science, methodology, and scholarship while focusing on the development of each student's individual abilities and research interests. Benchmarks for success in the program--an integrative literature review (year 1) and a research proposal (year 2)—are intended to help students learn the real-world skills they will need as future scientists, faculty members, and nursing leaders.

Prospective students may enter study for the PhD with a prior master's degree in nursing or with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. OHSU School of Nursing is a partner in NEXUS, a partnership of Schools of Nursing across the country that offer online doctoral courses to PhD students enrolled in partner universities. OHSU School of nursing participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program therefore PhD students from WICHE states pay resident tuition.

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The Nursing Education exchange is a partnership among universities offering doctoral programs in Nursing (PhD & DNP). The goal is to provide the opportunity for students at one collaborating institution to take course(s) from another collaborating institution.

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