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PhD Program Overview

Advancements in nursing science and health care emerge from the creative research and theory development of nurse scientists. The professionals behind such innovations are most often those who hold a doctorate of philosophy, or PhD. These researchers and scholars, who explore and develop the science that drives nursing practice and education, are the stewards of the discipline.

The ECU College of Nursing PhD program equips students for this crucial leadership role. Students are prepared to design and implement a unique research project that will contribute to a lifelong program of discovery and contribution in nursing. Students also develop skills and analytical ability to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects. The curriculum enriches learning through study in the social, behavioral and biological sciences, and the areas of administrative leadership and education. Research in the doctoral program focuses on either systems science (such as safety, organizational and patient outcomes related to nursing) or bio-behavioral science (such as symptom management, self-management, and wellness/prevention).

Hybrid PhD program
The PhD program prepares graduates to:
  • Advance nursing science through intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to promote quality nursing practice, health system improvement, and education
  • Contribute productively as scholars within health care, health policy, and academic arenas
  • Assume positions as researchers,administrators in public and private health care organizations, policy makers and analysts, or university faculty

The location and mission of the college as well as the expertise of the faculty provide a unique opportunity for knowledge discovery related to nursing and health issues in rural, underserved areas. Faculty in the ECU nursing PhD program are committed to individualized, interdisciplinary education based on the student's interests and career goals as congruent with the program's purpose and the college's mission.

The location and mission of the college as well as the expertise of the faculty provide a unique opportunity for knowledge discovery related to nursing and health issues in rural, underserved areas. Faculty in the ECU nursing PhD program are committed to individualized, interdisciplinary education based on the student's interests and career goals as congruent with the program's purpose and the college's mission.

Contact Us

Interested in pursuing a PhD at the ECU College of Nursing? We invite you to contact us to schedule an appointment.

Laura B. Jackson
PhD University Program Assistant
barnesla@ecu.edu
252-744-6423

Information Sessions

The College of Nursing offers information sessions about the PhD program throughout the year. Click here for details.


*All applicable ECU academic programs prepare students to sit for licensure in North Carolina. In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina. ECU cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina. Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student's responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside North Carolina.*