Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

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Carmen Spalding
Carmen Spalding, PhD, RN

"Achieving a PhD in Nursing through USD is truly a life altering experience. The program is versatile enough to keep students focused on their own research trajectory and allows for growth and development as new ideas are considered and explored. The faculty is awe-inspiring yet approachable, and provides much needed support to students along this challenging and stimulating endeavor. Learning with the brightest minds in nursing kept me ever eager to come to class each week. I will be forever grateful for this amazing time, and look forward to being a small part of furthering the cause of nursing for the benefit of our patients, their families, and our country."

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.

BSN to PhD

Post-MSN PhD

DNP to PhD


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