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The Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) program prepares nurses for roles as researchers and to make substantial contributions to nursing theory, scholarship, research, and practice. The PhD program is delivered by distance learning technology. Whether the students live in-state or out-of-state, or even if they live in another country, all students join the live, synchronous classroom by two-way videoconferencing to enjoy fact-to-face scholarly discussion with their professors and student colleagues. The goal is preparation of researchers in a defined area of nursing inquiry. The PhD program has two admission tracks: 1) the MS-PhD track admits students who have earned a Master’s degree in Nursing, 2) the BS-PhD track, which admits registered nurses who have earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing (BSN, BS, BA). The purpose of the BS-PhD track is to accelerate the preparation of nurse scientists to address the shortage of nursing faculty and enhance nursing research programs. The traditional PhD track (MS-PhD) and the BS-PhD track share a common program of study. However, the BS-PhD program of study includes 9 additional credits in an MS cognate area. Additional information and programs of study are available at nursing.utah.edu.
For additional information on the Ph.D. degree, please see the Graduate School section of this catalog.