Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

PhD in Nursing Program

The Ph.D. in Nursing program prepares nurse scholars who contribute to the body of nursing knowledge in order to improve the health of society. Graduates of the program will be prepared to launch a program of research; expand nursing knowledge through a variety of philosophical and scientific methods; address the social, cultural, political and ethical issues related to an area of nursing scholarship; and participate in a community of scholars for the purpose of disseminating research for improving the health of society.

The PhD in Nursing program was initiated in 1988 to meet the needs of nurse scholars, teachers, and leaders. There are 115 PhD in Nursing graduates who have assumed leadership roles in research, education, clinical practice, and healthcare administration. Our PhD in Nursing students have been successful in obtaining predoctoral fellowships, and graduates have distinguished themselves through postdoctoral fellowships and research supported through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. 

For more information, see our PhD in Nursing Science Program Brochure.