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The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program is to develop nurse scholars for careers in education, practice, and research.  Graduates of the program will advance nursing knowledge, improve nursing practice, and be leaders in the profession.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) student learning outcomes:

  • Develop advanced expertise in the application of theories and conceptual models to nursing education, practice, and research
  • Conduct research that advances nursing knowledge
  • Evaluate the influences of ethical, social, political, demographic, and economic issues on health care and nursing
  • Assume leadership roles in education, practice and research to improve health care

Distance Learning

The PhD in Nursing is offered as a distance learning program.  Admission and enrollment in distance learning programs depend on the state laws where the student resides.  Mercer University seeks authorization or exemption in U.S. states and territories in compliance with federal and state regulations that govern offering online education programs. Mercer University monitors regulations governing online education at the state and federal level.

Individuals who are interested in the PhD and who reside outside the state of Georgia may contact the Director of Admissions for more information about state authorization or exemption for students applying from your state. Mercer University may not be able to offer the PhD to students who reside in some states.

Get More InformationPhD Students

Mercer University is pleased to receive Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). This funding is available to qualified nursing students enrolled in the graduate education which includes coursework in nursing education.  Funding can be applied towards tuition and fees.