Unlimited Opportunity for Leadership and Impact
The UW–Madison School of Nursing provided me the experience to conduct interdisciplinary research with scholars from different areas that could build from nursing research questions. This allowed me to conduct a dissertation study that involves nursing, neuroscience, and sleep medicine.Chooza Moon PhD ’16
Two Doctoral Programs
The 52-credit PhD program includes core courses in Scholarly Inquiry, Theory and Practice of Nursing, Policy and Leadership, and Nursing Education. The core is supplemented through intentional and collaborative coursework outside of nursing, and guided research experiences.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares scholars for research and academic careers in public or private sectors of health care. Students evaluate nursing scientific findings and apply them to clinical settings for improved health care outcomes. Graduates are positioned to translate evidence into practice with diverse populations, inform health care policy, and implement and evaluate clinical programs.
As a student Theresa Watts, PhD '19, had questions. When UW–Madison let her look for answers, she found some. Now the New York Native wants to use her PhD to find solutions to vexing public health problems and to eliminate health disparities.
Maichou Lor, who received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, was born in a refugee camp in Thailand before her family immigrated to Madison. Lor is the first Hmong-American nurse to earn a PhD in the U.S.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares experts in specialized nursing practice. Core competencies in systematic evaluation of practice, leadership/policy, and clinical practice are developed through a combination of coursework, a scholarly project, and supervised clinical hours.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares the highest level of nursing practice scholars who will translate evidence into practice. Students conduct and disseminate independent research and participate as interdisciplinary researchers who respond to regional, national, and international priorities. Graduates advance the nursing discipline and practice through research, education, and health policy.
A partnership between the Monroe Clinic-SSM Health and the UW–Madison School of Nursing provides DNP students opportunities to engage in rural practice, and many return to it.
DNP student Troy Lawrence has a favorite clinical setting. The kitchen table. Lawrence believes home health is a better alternative to clinic-based care for many older-adult patients. Plus, it captures the essence of nursing—of meeting patients where they are—in both the literal and figurative sense.
Leaders in Research & Practice
As a top-tier research institution, we are committed to advancing nursing science. Researchers in our doctoral PhD program use both qualitative and quantitative methods in their efforts to broaden and deepen nursing knowledge across the lifespan of care—from pediatrics through family care to aging populations and end-of-life.
PhD Program (Research)
The DNP, a doctoral-level advanced practice degree, prepares our students to employ critical thinking and evidence-based practice in their work and to position them as leaders capable of facilitating organizational change that leads to better patient care, improved operations, and greater nursing workforce satisfaction and efficacy.