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Earn your PhD in Nursing from the leader in graduate nursing education.¹

Whether you want to influence policy or shape the next generation of nurses, earning your PhD in Nursing from Walden can empower you to impact the healthcare industry at a higher level. Find your voice, and gain the confidence you need to turn your knowledge, experience, and ideas into action.

The PhD in Nursing is the highest-level graduate degree in the nursing field. It’s geared toward those who wish to teach in academia or contribute original new research to the profession.

5 Specializations to Choose From

Focus your coursework in your chosen area of expertise.

Impact lives and communities

Walden’s unique curriculum is focused on helping you become a catalyst for social change.

Join a community of learners

Complete interdisciplinary coursework and participate in engaging discussions with other students to deepen your understanding of the healthcare landscape.

Robust Dissertation Support

From writing and research assistance to one-on-one faculty guidance, dedicated dissertation support is central to Walden’s nursing PhD program.

VIRTUAL RESIDENCIES

This program includes four residencies which can be attended virtually and are designed to help you reach your professional goals.

Program Savings

Receive a $5,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Specializations

Bridge Option for Students With a DNP

This option builds on your current knowledge and experience with scholarly research and relevant coursework that will further prepare you for leadership positions in nursing administration, policy, or academia.

Education

Research, design, implement, and evaluate educational programs for nurses, including formal academic programs that lead to a degree or certificate and more informal continuing education programs designed to meet individual learning needs.

Healthcare Administration

Explore principles that impact healthcare decisions and practice as well as the theoretical foundations of governance and public policy.

Interdisciplinary Health

Design an interdisciplinary focus area that reflects your professional goals and interests, broadens your perspectives, or enables you to work more effectively with diverse populations and teams.

Leadership

Through the Leadership focus area, you can build competencies in organizational change management, team building, mediation, collaboration, and systems thinking and planning.

Population Health

Develop leadership and advanced population health nursing skills in community-based assessment, program planning, interventions and outcomes.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A master's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements:Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Lead Nursing Into the Future

Drive continuous improvements in nursing science, education, or practice with a PhD in Nursing online from Walden. Gain the expertise to conduct research and develop healthcare policies, systems, and services for tomorrow’s nursing professionals. By earning your PhD at Walden, a pioneer in distance learning, you will benefit from our 50 years of experience educating doctoral students.

Meet Your PhD in Nursing Faculty

  • Nancy Moss

    Program Director

    With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Moss is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner (FNP). She received her PhD from the University of Utah in Health Education and Health Care Administration with a focus on stress management. Dr. Moss has developed and implemented a university nurse-midwifery program as well as several nurse-midwifery practices for rural communities.

    Read Nancy's Bio
  • Leslie Hussey

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Hussey served as a tenured faculty member at several universities with a teaching and clinical focus on intensive care nursing. She received her PhD from the University of North Texas in Higher Education and Administration with a focus on Gerontology. Dr. Hussey has experience developing and implementing MSN-level practitioner and doctoral program curriculum.

    Read Leslie's Bio

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Utilize current research and theory to develop prevention and intervention strategies that advance the knowledge and practice of nursing.
  • Demonstrate advanced competency in research design and methodology to address social problems and needs.
  • Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in the profession.
  • Evaluate the role of research and scholarship in the field of nursing in relation to its role in improving health interventions and advancing the development of related theory.
  • Synthesize nursing’s philosophical and/or theoretical underpinnings in the practice of research.
  • Contribute to the science of nursing through social change and social policy initiatives.
  • Apply ethical decision-making and values to the profession.
  • Advocate for policies and programs that improve health outcomes among culturally diverse populations.
  • Lead professional communication that supports the discipline and practice of nursing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to act as a role model and mentor to others who wish to pursue the profession.

Career Impact

Demand for nursing faculty is especially high. A lack of nurse educators is forcing many nursing schools to turn away thousands of qualified applicants to bachelor’s and graduate programs.2 The nursing field needs leaders and innovators who are committed to transforming the profession.

A PhD in Nursing degree can empower you to reach your full potential as a nursing professional and impact the lives of many. Pursue meaningful work that makes a difference while opening the door to the possibilities of increased salary, promotion, and new career opportunities.3

A PhD in Nursing can prepare you to pursue career options such as:

  • Nursing educators
  • Nursing professor or assistant professor
  • Director of public or private research
  • Chief nursing officer

A PhD in Nursing can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Public health agencies
  • Research institutions
  • Healthcare organizations

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Testimonials

Drive continuous improvements in nursing science, education, or practice with a PhD in Nursing online from Walden. Gain the expertise to conduct research and develop healthcare policies, systems, and services for tomorrow’s nursing professionals. By earning your PhD at Walden, a pioneer in distance learning, you will benefit from our 50 years of experience educating doctoral students.

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