The UMSL College of Nursing recognizes the doctoral degree is for serious students seeking the highest academic preparation in nursing.
The College of Nursing provides coursework leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD). The DNP program prepares graduates for the highest level of clinical practice, including clinical and translational analysis for improved practice outcomes. The PhD program prepares nurses to conduct original research and pursue theoretical inquiry for the purpose of extending knowledge in the field.
The doctoral programs involve core coursework and independent research projects for dissertation. The DNP program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The PhD program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The PhD program prepares nurses to conduct original research and pursue theoretical inquiry for the purpose of extending knowledge in the field.
"I had the opportunity to visit a number of programs and faculty when I was deciding upon a program. UMSL provided an opportunity to learn the research process. The program also encourages you to develop your own program of research while matching your research interest with a senior research mentor who can assist with all facets of research and development."
-Susan Jones, PhD Graduate
Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.