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PhD Program

The PhD program prepares nurse scholars to conduct research both independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams.

The program provides students with an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of nursing science, and a strong foundation in research methods (design, statistics, measurement) for clinical, translational and health services research. In addition, all students are mentored by research advisors as they move toward independent research and assuming the roles of doctorally prepared scholars.

Traditionally, post-Master’s nurses or those who hold an advanced degree in a related discipline are admitted to the PhD Program. Columbia Nursing encourages post-BSN nurses who have research-focused career goals but who don’t have advanced nursing practice/nurse practitioner preparation at the Master’s level to apply. Both post-MS and post-BSN students admitted to the PhD program will take a minimum of 47 credits. Most students complete the PhD program in four years with approximately 55 credits of doctoral study. Prerequisite courses are determined individually for each student. The PhD program director is Arlene Smaldone, PhD.

Areas of Research

Featured areas of research include:

  • Spread of infectious disease
  • Managing acute and chronic pain
  • Improving the health of women and children
  • Understanding health disparities
  • Health care policy
  • Comparative effectiveness