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Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Lipp, Susan M.S.N., R.N.
Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services
(804) 828-5171

Admission requirements summary

Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

of entry:

Fall of even years: full- and part-time study

Fall of odd years: part-time study only

For funding/scholarship consideration: Dec 1

Priority consideration for applications (no funding requested): Feb 1

Note: Applications may be accepted after the Feb 1 deadline on space-available basis.


Special requirements:
See the School of Nursing website for areas of study.

The goal of the doctoral program in nursing is the preparation of scholars to develop knowledge in the discipline of nursing. The program examines knowledge development in nursing through an understanding of the impact of a wide range of historical influences on the discipline and through analysis of how emerging societal issues influence knowledge development. Knowledge in the humanities and social sciences and an understanding of knowledge development in other disciplines is viewed as foundational to a full understanding of knowledge development in nursing. Methodologic competency (i.e., knowledge of research designs, methodologies and tools) is also essential to a full understanding of the scope, range and path of knowledge development and the relevance to nursing practice.

The VCU School of Nursing will enhance its current Ph.D. program by incorporating a hybrid instructional format beginning fall 2012. The program will include a combination of online courses and traditional classroom experiences to offer students a dynamic, interactive learning experience that will prepare them to become nurse scholars and scientists. This new format is designed to expand the Ph.D. program’s reach to a wider range of highly motivated, independent students who aspire to become scholars, make a significant difference in the field of nursing and study with nationally recognized nurse scientists who conduct biobehavioral clinical research.

Student learning outcomes

At the completion of the doctoral program, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply, transmit and generate knowledge in the discipline of nursing.
  2. Construct, test and modify theories for nursing in the context of social, ethical, scientific, cultural and economic influences.
  3. Analyze and synthesize knowledge from related disciplines for use in nursing.
  4. Exhibit scientific integrity in scholarly inquiry.
  5. Engage in interdisciplinary collaboration in knowledge development and dissemination.



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