We are curious, innovative problem solvers and we are building the future of nursing research. As nurses, we work hard every day to make a difference in the lives of our patients. As nurse scientists, we strive to make a difference in the lives of entire groups of people. Whether it is through symptom science, studying socio-economic factors that influence disease risk, developing new methods of patient support, or examining accessibility to life saving medications, our purpose is to solve the bigger problems and improve the quality of life for patients, families, and communities as a whole. 

The University of Iowa College of Nursing PhD program prepares scholars to move nursing science forward and helps students build on their knowledge base relevant to nursing and contribute to the body of nursing knowledge. The program strengths include student participation with nursing and interdisciplinary faculty engaged in research teams, focused coursework, involvement in presentation and publication of research based knowledge, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers as researchers, college and university faculty members, consultants, and as nursing leaders in the profession.

  • Full-time students receive competitive funding packages 
  • Internal grant funding available for dissertation research projects 
  • Strong commitment to mentoring 
  • Participation in interdisciplinary research teams 
  • Involvement in presentation and publication of research based knowledge 
  • Collaboration with clinical partners at UI Hospitals and Clinics, the first Magnet–designated, and only tertiary hospital in Iowa 
  • College–wide commitment to evidence–based practice and translational research and moving our research findings from theory and science into care delivery, resulting in improved health outcomes. 

Dec 1

Application Deadline