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PhD in Nursing

College of Nursing PhD Students

The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing (FCN) PhD Program reflects a unique Teacher-Scholar Model educating PhD-prepared Nurses as academic educators and nurse scientists. The richness and depth of our faculty support students pursuing a program of research to advance nursing education science, as well as those seeking a career focused on clinically-based research. We educate our graduates with the knowledge and skill to conduct high-quality studies that reflect topics that are significant, timely and support quality patient outcomes among diverse populations.
Based on a college or university’s Carnegie Classification of Institutions®, a PhD-prepared nurse can hold an academic position focused primarily on teaching, while others will dedicate their time and effort to conducting research. All nurses who hold a faculty role are expected to engage in scholarship. Our recently revised curriculum supports the range of responsibilities among doctorly-prepared educators and enhances research and scholarship skill.

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Important Notices for Online Prospective and Current Students

The following includes important information regarding the University’s authorization status, students’ responsibilities related to relocation and programs leading to professional licensures, and the complaint process for online students.

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