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The PhD in Nursing program is designed for students seeking a traditional research doctorate with the desire to master both the broad discipline of nursing as well as the depth of a specific area of study. The PhD graduate is dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge and science of nursing, the stewardship of the profession and educating new nurse researchers.

The PhD curriculum includes core coursework in nursing science, theory, research, statistics and cognates that may be taken throughout the University of Missouri System. The PhD culminates in the student’s design, implementation and completion of dissertation research under supervision of the graduate faculty. Dissertations demonstrate scientific competencies and a contribution to the discipline and practice of nursing.

While each program of study is individualized, BSN to PhD students complete a minimum of 72 hours of graduate-level course work. MSN to PhD students complete 57 credit hours. The overall PhD in nursing program design includes nursing science and theory, research methods and statistics, cognates or support courses and dissertation.

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What UMSL Nursing has to offer

Since its founding in 1981, the UMSL College of Nursing has grown exponentially. Why? Because the UMSL College of Nursing has been at the forefront of delivering quality, affordable nursing education to the St. Louis region and beyond. Born out of a desire to meet the ever-growing need for a competently trained, professional nursing workforce, today nearly 1,000 students call the College of Nursing home. Of these, more than 20 percent are minority students and approximately 40 percent are first-generation students.

The college has developed innovative partnerships with local health-care agencies to deliver state-of-the-art clinical experiences to its students and prides itself particularly on its impact on the local region, as nearly 90 percent of its alumni stay and work in St. Louis after graduation. Offering traditional BSN, RN to BSN and doctorate-level degrees in multiple formats – including online, off-campus and accelerated options – the college is a recognized leader in delivering compassionate, innovative, evidence-based care that quite literally results in a healthier St. Louis.

The UMSL College of Nursing is fully accredited/approved by the following bodies:the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Missouri State Board of Nursing (pre-licensure program), and the Pediatric Nursing Certificate Board (PNCB, PNP program).

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