Doctoral Degrees

The UMSL College of Nursing recognizes the doctoral degree is for serious students seeking the highest academic preparation in nursing. Our doctoral programs focus on preparation either for clinical and translational analysis for improved practice outcomes (DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice), or for original research (PhD – Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing) to develop nursing knowledge.

The Doctoral programs involve core coursework and independent research projects for dissertation. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The AACN does not accredit Doctor of Philosophy programs. 

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Doctoral Program Options

The DNP program prepares graduates for the highest level of clinical practice, including clinical and translational analysis for improved practice outcomes.
The PhD program  prepares nurses to pursue theoretical inquiry and conduct original research for the purpose of extending knowledge in the field.