The purpose of the PhD in nursing is to prepare nurse researchers and scholars to explore, develop, and move forward the scientific bases of nursing practice and nursing education. Advancements in nursing science and healthcare emerge from creative research, theory development and clinical trials. Students are prepared to conduct research in the domain of nursing science and collaborate with other professionals on interdisciplinary projects. The innovative curriculum enriches learning through cognate study in social, behavioral, and biological sciences, administrative leadership, and education. Dissertation research prepares graduates to contribute their discoveries to the body of nursing and health care knowledge. Upon graduation students assume positions as researchers, administrators in public and private health care organizations, policy makers and analysts, and university faculty.
The emphasis of the PhD program at East Carolina College of Nursing is to prepare nurse scholars to advance the science of nursing practice, education, and administration/health policy. The location and mission of the college as well as the expertise of the faculty provide a unique opportunity for the discovery of knowledge related to nursing and health issues in rural underserved areas. The faculty, moreover, 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 PhD program prepares graduates to:
- Advance nursing science through intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship.
- Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to promote quality nursing practice.
- Contribute productively as scholars within health care, health policy, and academic arenas.
- Contribute to resolutions of health disparities in rural populations.