PhD Program Overview

PhD Program

The Doctoral Program offered by the College of Nursing at Villanova University is designed to prepare nurses as teacher-scholars for academic careers in higher education. Doctoral education builds upon baccalaureate and masters preparation in nursing, through emphasis on research and theory development. Villanova's program is distinguished by its special focus on the application of nursing knowledge and scholarly inquiry that address professional and practice concerns as they relate to teaching-learning processes in clinical as well as educational settings.

The program driven by Augustinian Catholic values that characterize the mission of the University: the unity of knowledge, the holistic nature of human beings, the importance of community, the discovery of truth and a commitment to addressing the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

The College of Nursing, established in 1953, has a reputation of excellence and is highly respected for its contribution to graduate education, which commenced in 1980. Nursing deans, faculty and leaders in higher education throughout the United States and abroad are alumni of its programs.

Program in Nursing

The PhD Program in Nursing seeks to educate graduates who will be well prepared to teach diverse populations of students in a variety of educational and clinical settings using state of the art technology; who will be equipped to provide leadership as the architects of curricula and members of evaluative bodies; who will be active contributors to the advancement and development of research; and who will be active participants in the various roles of faculty within academic institutions.

The program combines innovative, traditional modalities and delivered predominately using distance learning technology combined with an on-campus feel. Fall and Spring classes are delivered via distance learning and are scheduled between 4:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on two weeknights, Monday through Friday. Summer semester classes are taught on VU campus. All students are expected to attend the summer sessions while they are enrolled in course work. Designed as a 51-credit program, the length of the program will vary depending on previous education, currency of graduate education and individual needs.

Students will begin the program with an orientation at the beginning of Summer Session I (late May/early June). At that time students will continue their on-campus course work over a period of two to three weeks.

Villanova University is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Higher Education to grant the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Doctoral programs in nursing do not have specialized accreditation. Doctoral programs exist within regionally accredited universities. Villanova University is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education.

My View

"I believe that this program's focus on both research and education would best help me to achieve my goals for a career in the academic setting."

Janet E. Fogg, MSN, RNC
Doctoral student

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