PhD Program in Nursing

PhD Program in Nursing Program Goals

The goal of the PhD Program in Nursing is to prepare nurse scholars who will build nursing science by leading interdisciplinary research initiatives targeting the interface between chronic illness and care systems. The purpose of these initiatives is to better understand, develop, and test innovative interventions, and to translate research into practice. PhD student tuition and 12 month stipends are fully funded for the first two years of the program. Tuition and 9 month stipends are fully funded in years 3-5. PhD students have the option to apply for competitive summer stipends in years 3-5, but summer funding is not guaranteed.

The Duke University School of Nursing PhD Program builds on the foundational knowledge and expertise acquired in a BSN education and on the advanced substantive and expert knowledge gained in a MSN education to develop nurse scientists who will contribute significant new knowledge related to chronic illness and care systems.

Our approach at Duke University School of Nursing is to admit a small number of highly qualified applicants so that every student will work closely with one or more faculty members in a series of mentored experiences, supported by formal course work.

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Your work with our faculty will:

  • Socialize you to the role of research scientist;

  • Ensure you gain the significant knowledge and acquire the skills for launching a successful program of independent research post doctorate; and

  • Prepare your for an entry level role in an academic setting.

To help our students succeed, the Duke School of Nursing PhD Program provides:

  • A broad perspective on philosophy of science and its application to solving challenging health problems facing our nation, particularly those related to chronic illness and care systems;

  • Experience with common and emerging research design and methods;

  • Rigorous training in statistics; and

  • Mentored research and teaching experiences to reinforce knowledge acquisition and skill development.

In addition to addressing the standards of Duke University, and to ensure the highest-quality PhD education, the Duke PhD Program in Nursing is designed to meet the indicators of quality in research-focused doctoral programs set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Study with Duke expert faculty focused on:

  • Acute & Long-Term Care Systems

  • Adaptive Leadership

  • Decision Making

  • Disease Prevention

  • Family Caregiving

  • Informatics

  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care

  • Perioperative Care

  • Symptom Management

    • Specialty Populations

    • Premature and High Risk Infants

    • Children with Acute and Chronic Illnesses

    • Adults with HIV, Hepatitis C, Diabetes, Sickle Cell Disease, Cancer, or Cardiovascular Disease

    • Older Adults

PhD Program in Nursing Theme and Description

The PhD Program in Nursing will prepare nurse scientists to conduct nursing research in the broad area of Trajectories of Chronic Illness and Care Systems. Graduates will assume roles primarily in academic and research settings. Our approach is to admit a small number of highly qualified applicants so that every student will work closely with one or more faculty members in a series of mentored experiences, supported by formal course work, to:

  • ensure socialization to the role of research scientist;

  • ensure significant knowledge and skill acquisition for launching a successful program of independent research post doctorate; and

  • prepare for an entry level role in an academic setting.

The program requires a minimum of 47 credit hours of graduate course work (post-MSN) prior to a dissertation. Students will work on active research projects, and it is expected that most will graduate with a record of publication. Course work is structured with a substantive core (36 credits) of nursing science and research methods to be taken in the School of Nursing. This core will be expanded with elected statistics, research methods, and minor area courses (9 credits) to be taken mainly outside of nursing in other Duke University departments. Additional requirements include a 1-credit research practica, and a 1-credit teaching practicum.

In addition to course work, the PhD Program in Nursing will require each student to develop a scholarly portfolio, complete a preliminary examination, and the dissertation.

PhD students will be fully supported for a minimum of five consecutive years, beginning with their year of matriculation.  Graduate students are supported in a variety of ways. While financial commitments are made to students for 5 years, all students are expected to make a good faith effort to obtain external support.

The Graduate School establishes a recommended minimum stipend level each year for the different schools in order to maintain the competitiveness of its graduate awards relative to peer institutions. 

Terminal Objectives

At the completion of the PhD Program in Nursing, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate expertise on trajectories of chronic illness and care systems, and the intersection between these, as applied to a specific population (e.g., age, gender, ethnic or specific illness groups).

  2. Contribute to the development of conceptual models and theories about trajectories of chronic illness, care systems and their intersection, which reflect synthesis of knowledge from nursing and other disciplines.

  3. Evaluate and synthesize research conducted in nursing and related disciplines.

  4. Demonstrate scientific integrity in designing and conducting nursing research using appropriate methods and analysis techniques, especially longitudinal methods.

  5. Conduct interdisciplinary research addressing trajectories of chronic illness, care systems, and the intersection between these, using culturally competent approaches.

  6. Disseminate research findings to advance the evidence-base for practice in nursing and health care, particularly addressing trajectories of chronic illness and care systems.

Goals

The goal of the PhD Program in Nursing is to prepare nurse scholars who will build nursing science by leading interdisciplinary research initiatives targeting the interface between chronic illness and care systems. The purpose of these initiatives will be to better understand, develop, and test innovative interventions, and to translate research into practice. The PhD Program builds on the foundational knowledge and expertise acquired in BSN education and on the advanced substantive and expert knowledge gained in MSN education to develop nurse scientists who will contribute significant new knowledge related to chronic illness and care systems.To that end, the Program provides the student with:

  • a broad perspective on philosophy of science and its application to solving challenging health problems facing our nation, particularly those related to chronic illness and care systems;

  • experience with common and emerging research design and methods;

  • rigorous training in statistics; and

  • mentored research and teaching experiences to reinforce knowledge acquisition and skill development.

In addition to addressing the standards of Duke University, to further ensure the highest-quality PhD education, the PhD Program in Nursing is designed to meet the indicators of quality in research-focused doctoral programs set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

 

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