Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Caroline Etland
Caroline Etland, PhD, RN

"The PhD education I received at the University of San Diego went far beyond research design and statistics. It fundamentally changed my view of the nursing profession and our role in leading change and advocating for patients and families. The faculty, staff and fellow students provided the tools and support I needed to reach my goal, and I developed lifelong colleagues."

To achieve expertise as beginning level nurse scientists, students are educated and socialized for their roles both didactically through course work, seminars and tutorials and experientially through research assistantships, collaboration with faculty mentors and independent research. Students receive a strong foundation in scientific inquiry with a focus on a clinically relevant area for scholarship and research.

Students are encouraged to prepare three publishable articles related to their dissertation focus, research process and findings, or a substantive grant application and two publishable articles in lieu of the traditional dissertation format.

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