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    Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog 
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Nursing

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Program Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Nursing is aligned with national recommendations to prepare nurse scientists who design and implement research focused on solving pressing health challenges to optimize health and advance health equity into the future. Emphasis is placed on mentoring students into fundable programs of research while mastering work with interdisciplinary teams via experiential research and leadership opportunities, grant writing, and innovative dissemination skills. Mastery of these skills, and development of new knowledge in a substantive specialty area will be applied to translate their research to affect policy and practice at all levels.

Program Contact
Elizabeth NeSmith, PhD, RN
Progression & Graduation Requirements
  • The PhD curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. A minimum of three years full-time attendance (at least nine credit hours per semester) or four years part-time attendance (less than nine credit hours per semester) is required.
  • Order of courses may vary.
  • Students take NURS 9250 from the third semester in the program until they officially enter candidacy; then they take NURS 9300 for 3-9 hours each semester until graduation. A minimum of 18 dissertation credit hours (NURS 9300) is required over two semesters.

The student’s advisory committee may require more than the minimum number of elective credit hours in the student’s area of concentration (AOC; minimum 17 elective credit hours, with 15 hours being in the student’s AOC). AOC courses include NURS 9240: Independent Study and NURS 9020: Special Topics.

Students can request approval for transfer of up to nine credit hours of doctoral level courses into the PhD program. 

Program Length: 4 Years to 7 Years
CIP Code: 51.3899
Program Code: DPHIL_NURS
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