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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Faculty working with Students: 43
Students: 26
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 65.38%
Priority deadline:
  • Summer January 10 for those applying to the PhD program
  • Fall March 10 for those applying to the Bacc to PhD program
Campus:
  • Spokane: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

Enroll in the PhD in Nursing program and learn how to design, conduct, and disseminate research that will generate new knowledge directed toward changing nursing science, healthcare, and nursing practice. You will join a small cohort of nurse scholars, developing supportive relationships with these fellow students and faculty. Faculty and staff are accessible and committed to your success, and you will have regular research and academic mentoring through the establishment of your career as a nurse scientist. Approximately 66% of our students are funded through research/teaching assistantship, scholarships, or Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program awards.

Admission Requirements:

Click here to go to the College of Nursing’s PhD admission requirements page.

 

Please also check out the Steps to Apply page to get started today!

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Contribute to advancing nursing science and practice through clinical research.
  2.  Analyze, construct, and test theoretical frameworks that guide nursing research design, methodology, data analyses, and the transfer of new knowledge into practice.
  3.  Create effective interdisciplinary collaborations to foster research and the transfer of evidence-based knowledge into best clinical practices.
  4.  Synthesize knowledge from a variety of disciplines to create research designs and methods for nursing science and to address ethical, social, cultural, political, and professional issues.
  5.  Implement proven and emerging technologies to enhance nursing research and education.
  6.  Implement innovative research designs, methodologies, leadership skills, health education, and/or lifestyle modification techniques to address the health care needs of vulnerable  populations and disparities in the access to or delivery of care.

Student Opportunities:

Opportunities to collaborate and publish with research faculty, present at national conferences

Career Opportunities:

Graduates are qualified for advanced faculty appointments or for research roles in a number of healthcare settings. Students may focus on research relevant to their current field or practice, engaging in evidence-based research that will help shape health care delivery and processes.

Careers and job titles of our graduates include:

  • Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor
  • Positions in business, private, or public sectors in health care
  • Nurse Scientist
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Chief of Clinical Research
  • Director of Clinical Performance Lab
  • Director of Research
  • Director of Inter-professional Education

Career Placements:

Colleges and schools of Nursing, Education and Research departments of hospitals and other health care environments, state and local government departments related to health care

Faculty Members:

Banasik, Jacquelyn Lou, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Barbosa-Leiker, Celestina, PhD

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Examining psychosocial risk factors of heart disease, specifically the predictive ability of stress, depression, and anger on traditional heart disease risk factors such as hypertension, adiposity, and dyslipidemia.

Burduli, Ekaterina

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Butterfield, Patricia, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental health nursing, Household environmental risk reduction, Occupational and environmental health in rural settings, Conceptual approaches to public health nursing.

Chacon, Christina

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Davis, Andra, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Interprofessional education

Day, Lisa

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

DePriest, Dawn

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Diede, Tulla

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Dotson, Joann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Eddy, Linda Lee, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Eide, Phyllis, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Rural health, global climate change, and public health

Eti, Deborah

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Fincham, Sarah J, D.N.P.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

HPV Vaccine education and uptake
Immunization education
DNP student education
DNP project development
Communicable disease
Patient-provider communication-exploring what is most effective
Contraceptive Management
The role and contributions of the nurse practitioner in health care
Adolescent health
STD prevention and treatment
Public health

Fritz, Shelly, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Geil, Shelly

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Graves, Janessa, Ph.D.

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Pediatric injury research, health services research, head injuries in children & adolescents, occupational injuries among working adolescents, impacts of work on young people, global health.

Haberman, Melvin R, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Oncology, cancer survivorship, health-related quality of life, demands of illness, alternative therapies for cancer, mixed methods research designs.

Hoeksel, Renee Celeste, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Hunter, Anita, Ph,D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Global health, child and adolescent health, curriculum development, organizational systems, and leadership, resilience, global health and environment

James, Lois

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

James, Steven

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Kaplan, Louise, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

ARNP prescribing of controlled substances
APRN workforce
ARNP reimbursement
DNP program evaluation
Landscape assessment of readiness for implementation of the family nurse practitioner role in Swaziland
Medical marijuana

Katz, Janet Ruth, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Klein, Tracy Ann, Ph.D.

Location: Vancouver

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Interface between public policy and prescribing patterns as they relate to practitioner, patient, and institutional factors”

Mason, Anne Michele, D.N.P.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Nelson, Lonnie

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Nguyen-Truong, Connie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Cervical cancer screening health disparity

Odom-Maryon, Tamara, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Application of statistical methods, with an emphasis on longitudinal data analysis techniques, to health data including studies focusing on nursing interventions, environmental health, and asthma.

Oneal, Gail Ann, Ph.D.

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Health literacy, risk communication and health information use, risk messages, environmental and occupational health, population health, underserved and rural populations

Postma, Julie Marie, Ph.D.

Location: Puyallup Research and Extension Center

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental health promotion, socio-cultural aspects of environmental health, environmental justice, social determinants of health

Purath, Janet, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Rasmor, Melody

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Sarkinen, Bonnie

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Schenk, Elizabeth

Location: Spokane

Severtsen, Billie M, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Ethical decision making in health care, life narratives of illness and quality of life, Heideggerian Hermaneutic Phenomenology, and health care policy   

Shishani, Kawkab, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Sinclair, Ka'imi

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Smart, Denise, D.P.H.

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Work place safety, military health, women’s health and health and safety for disaster response workers.

Stover, Pamela, DNP

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Geriatric mental health; vulnerable populations and mental health; therapeutic communication; dementia care; integrated mental health care

VanSon, Catherine, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Gerontology, managing chronic conditions, qualitative methods, late-in-life migration, health literacy, gero-education

Wilson, Marian L, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Pain, self-management programs to assist patients with persistent (chronic) pain, mood disorders, opioid dependency/misuse, addiction.

Wood, Natsuko

Location: Spokane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Contact Information:

Gail Oneal
Rychelle Wagner
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
509-324-7445