Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.)

The doctoral nursing degree is offered jointly between Kent State University College of Nursing and The University of Akron School of Nursing. The Ph.D. in Nursing program is designed to prepare you for discovery, integration, application and teaching. 

The collaborative Ph.D. program provides a rigorous, state-of-the-art curriculum and prepares you to develop and test concepts that can change and improve the course of healthcare in the future. This joint program takes advantage of the diversity and combined strength of these two universities’ exceptional faculty and students.

Graduates of this program:

  • Generate new knowledge that contributes to the advancement of health, health care, and nursing science.
  • Disseminate advances in scientific knowledge.
  • Use collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to knowledge generation.
  • Assume leadership roles in health care and education as researchers, educators, and advanced clinicians.
  • Serve as stewards of the body of knowledge for the discipline of nursing.

Want to know more? Follow these links to learn more about the doctoral nursing program and how to apply!Overview of the Joint Ph.D. in Nursing Program

Ph.D. Faculty and Research Interests

The faculty in this program are from both Kent State University and the University of Akron. This allows us to offer you mentorship and research opportunities in a variety of subjects, including:

  • End of Life
  • Health Systems
  • Pain
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Transgender Access and Health Promotion
  • Women's Health

View a list of faculty & research interests

Ph.D. or DNP: Which is Right for Me?

Click below to compare the Ph.D. and DNP and discover which degree is best for you!
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