Nursing Doctor of Philosophy

About us

For nurses who wish to excel in research and scholarly activities …

It is estimated that of the nearly 2.7 million registered nurses in the United States today, fewer than 10 percent have an advanced degree and fewer than one percent have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). With a PhD, you have the opportunity to contribute to  nursing and health care as a scientist and scholar. The program at The Ohio State University College of Nursing provides you with the opportunity to transform healthcare and the nursing profession while studying alongside expert scholars.

In Ohio State's College of Nursing PhD program, mentorship of students focuses on the development of skills in original research and the completion of a dissertation. It prepares nurse scientists to advance knowledge on health determinants, which includes the array of personal, biology, social, economic, and environmental factors that affect health, through transdisciplinary research and team science. Our program emphasizes collegial relationships between expert and developing scholars with regard to research, grant writing, and publications. Over the past three years, our students have had a 65 percent funding rate on all grant submissions, providing support for their research and education.