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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing

Become a Nurse Scientist

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Nursing is a research degree designed to prepare nurse scholars to advance the art, science and practice of the discipline. 

We offer three research foci to students pursuing the PhD in Nursing:
The College of Nursing’s online PhD program equips nurses to conduct research and to engage in knowledge development and scholarly inquiry across a variety of roles and settings including:
  • scientist/researcher 
  • scholar 
  • educator 
  • administrator 
  • health care policy analyst 

Nurse scientists on the faculty are focused in several areas of interestDiscuss the program with the PhD Program Director, Dr. Paula Meek.

Program Overview 

Program Overview

The PhD program is fully distance accessible. The competency-based curriculum is taught with a combination of online and intensive formats. Applicants must have an BS or MS in nursing to apply for the PhD program.



All PhD students are admitted through the Graduate School – view more information on admissions policies and forms.


How to Apply

Tuition & Funding 

Tuition & Funding

View costs of attending the University of Colorado and explore ways to help fund your education.

Tuition & Fees



Nursing Education Xchange Program (NEXus)

NEXus is a distance-accessible academic collaborative of select Western Institute of Nursing doctoral institutions that facilitates enrollment in doctoral courses that are not available on your home campus.

Information Sessions  

Information Sessions​

Sign up for an information session to learn more about the programs offered by the College of Nursing.