Ph.D. in Nursing

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The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in nursing 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.) in nursing student learning outcomes:

  1. Develop expertise in an area of inquiry.
  2. Make meaningful contributions to nursing knowledge through original research.
  3. Advance the discipline of nursing through inter-, intra-, or trans-disciplinary research, teaching, mentorship, and/or service to the profession.
  4. Demonstrate leadership within the evolving healthcare landscape of diversity, health equity, and inclusivity.

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.  Georgia is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  This is an agreement among member states that estalishes comparable national standards for interstate offerings of distance learning.

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 graduate education which includes coursework in nursing education.  Funding can be applied towards tuition and fees.