PhD in Nursing
Saint Louis University's Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree program is an intellectually stimulating, innovative, and student-friendly PhD program that prepares RNs as scholars and beginning nurse scientists. Students who complete the PhD program contribute to the continued development of the discipline and profession of nursing by:
- Integrating advanced knowledge to construct and test models.
- Developing and implementing programs of research to expand the knowledge base.
- Applying ethical principles in analyzing health- and practice-related issues.
- Providing leadership for academic and/or clinical nursing.
PhD Program Options
The School of Nursing gives students two options of study in the PhD nursing program:
- Distance learning. Distance students interact live with students on-campus using Web teleconference technology.
- On-campus classroom. On-campus students interact live with those at a distance in a real-time, dynamic classroom with Web teleconference technology.
Most PhD nursing classes are offered on Friday mornings and afternoons during fall and spring semesters. The scheduled time for the class takes in consideration students in different time zones, as necessary. Also, the first summer offers two shorter intensive courses scheduled during the week.
- Generous scholarships are available.
- Full-time research assistantships are available to students in the St. Louis area.
- The School of Nursing participates in the federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program.
Full-time and part-time study is available for the PhD nursing program:
- Full-time: 9 credit hours each semester is considered full-time study
- Part-time: 6 credits each semester is typically part-time study.
Students at a distance may find that their area of concentration may focus on the nurse educator role because not all departments at the University off online courses. However, there is flexibility to take independent study with nursing faculty and some individual courses from other departments.
Prospective students are encouraged to discuss their options with the director of the PhD nursing program. Saint Louis University's programs are open to all without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran's status. Minority and international students are encouraged to apply.
Facts of the PhD Nursing Program
Based on students who graduated between calendar years 2000 and 2010 (n=56)
Age: 40 years (median)
Sex: 96% female
Race/Ethnicity: 77% Caucasian
Prior GRE test
Quantitative: 535 (median)
Time to Degree: 5.4 years (median)
Employment/Placement: 100% (in one year)
Academic setting: 87.5%
Before graduation: 2.1 (mean)
After graduation: 5.6 (mean)