Conduct original research as a nurse scientist to inform policy and improve the health of rural America.
The development of a scholar requires immersion into research. The Ph.D. in Nursing program at UND will educate you to synthesize in-depth knowledge of rural populations and rural health, integrate philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of science to guide research, conduct ethical and rigorous research, and contribute to a global community of scholars.
- Program type:
- Doctoral Degree
- Est. time to complete:
- 3 years (part-time), plus dissertation
- Credit hours:
Why Study Nursing at UND?
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.
Top Online Nursing Degree in the Nation
Every nursing program offers instruction, but not every program prepares students to make a real impact the way UND does. 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.
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.
Opportunities to collaborate with the Center for Rural Health; the federally funded USDA Human Nutrition Research Center; the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, the only information center serving all of the American Indian nations in the U.S., 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.
Participate in the UND chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honor society.
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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