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Ph.D. in Nursing Science


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The doctoral program in nursing science prepares students to become nurse scientists who conduct cutting-edge research in nursing education, health systems, and clinical science to enhance the care of individuals and families across the lifespan.

The Ph.D. curriculum consists of 90 credit hours, and includes courses in nursing theory, measurement and data analysis, nursing research methods, relationship-centered leadership, quantitative research, statistics, experimental designs and methods, data analysis, and more.

All of your courses use online forums that allow you, your course mates, and your instructors to interact. You and your peers provide feedback to one another, and your instructors respond to comments and facilitate discussions. Some courses also use videoconferencing to enhance interaction.

You may complete those credit hours by choosing either the B.S.N. to Ph.D. option or the M.S.N. to Ph.D. option. The B.S.N. to Ph.D. option allows you to earn certification as a clinical nurse specialist, or to complete other graduate course work that will enhance your area of research. The M.S.N. to Ph.D. option allows you to transfer in 30 of the credit hours from your M.S.N. course work that is relevant to your research area.

Graduates of the nursing science program are well positioned for successful careers within academic and practice settings.

Program Contacts

Website: Ph.D. in Nursing Science
Email: dgrew@iu.edu
Phone: 317.274.5119