Why earn a doctorate in nursing?

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June 1

You'll join a highly collaborative environment at the University of North Dakota with unique resources to study rural health in behavioral and environmental contexts. To actualize the focus of becoming a nurse scientist, you will gain skills in:

  • Rural health, rural population, and rural programs and policies;
  • Conduct original research as a s nurse scientist, which includes rural populations
  • Disseminating new knowledge through publications and presentations
  • Obtaining grant funding to support your research

Before graduation you'll be required to develop and submit a nationally competitive grant to support your doctoral research; submit an article for publication to a refereed journal; and, present dissertation progress or results to a regional or national audience.

Research Opportunities

Students get the opportunity to collaborate with the Center for Rural Health; the federally funded USDA Human Nutrition Research Center; the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, and the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center (MPATTC) and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MPMHTTC), both located within the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, and funded by SAMHSA to serve Region 8 in the U.S.

Nursing Ph.D. at UND

  • Connect 1-on-1 with doctoral faculty who share your passion for nursing research.

  • Engage in annual on-campus intensive experiences that supplement your online learning and immerse you into a community of scholars.

  • Participate in the UND chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honor society.

Nursing Ph.D. Careers

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Average salary for nurse researchers

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Nursing jobs available by 2026

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Most Ph.D. in Nursing students go on to teach in academic or clinical settings or conduct research on topics designed to improve patient health, health care services and health care outcomes. UND alumni of the Ph.D. program have gone on to hold a wide variety of positions, some of which include:

  • Assistant professor of nursing at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
  • Associate professor of nursing at Bethel University in St Paul, Minn.
  • Associate professor at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Winona State University-Rochester Campus, Rochester, Minn.
  • Chair/director of nursing at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn.
  • Dean of Health Sciences at Rappahannock Community College in Glenns, Va.
  • State representative in North Dakota House of Representatives
  • Postdoctoral Fellows at Virginia Commonwealth University, Yale University and Mayo Clinic

Ph.D. Nursing Courses

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UND is increasingly regarded as one of the top academic and research institutions in the nation for nursing. We consistently rank among the best for educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes.

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