Student Outcomes

The University of Iowa College of Nursing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program prepares scholars to advance nursing science and contribute to transdisciplinary efforts to improve health outcomes. Graduates of the program are prepared to be leaders who engage in the three roles highlighted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). These roles are: develop the science; steward the discipline; and educate the next generation of nurses.

PhD graduates of this program will:

  • Master in-depth knowledge in a substantive area of nursing;
  • Conduct original research that generates new knowledge;
  • Disseminate research results and articulate implications for policy, practice and the profession;
  • Assimilate evolving roles and responsibilities of a nurse scholar.

Plan of Study

The Doctor of Philosophy program in nursing requires a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate credit. Students may enter the program after earning a BSN, an associate’s degree in nursing with a bachelor’s or advanced degree in any field, or a BSN and a Master’s degree in nursing or a health-related field. Applicants with a BSN and an advanced degree outside of nursing may apply and will have an individualized curriculum plan developed based on their transcript review.

To see sample plans of study and course requirements, visit the General Catalog.