CU Anschutz provides one of the nation’s top online PhD in Nursing programs, thanks to our innovative programming, exceptional faculty, and unique resources available at the Anschutz Medical Campus. In three to four years, you can complete a PhD in Nursing as a culmination of your nursing education. This is a degree that opens the doors of academia and research to you so that you can become a teaching professor, a clinical researcher or a healthcare policy analyst, among other career options.
Students who come to our program are highly motivated and eager to work with our excellent faculty mentors. Our professors are invested in student success and research excellence. Combined, our student/faculty dynamic is community-focused and results-driven.
Unlike fully online programs, the PhD in Nursing is offered as a blended program. Most of your coursework is completed via asynchronous online classes, but we also require students to attend short intensives throughout the academic year that foster community and relationships while also helping to develop your research skills.
These on-campus experiences are at the heart of our program because they take the online coursework to the next level while maintaining the flexibility you need to complete your PhD if you are also working full-time as a nursing professional or administrator.
Our blended program provides each student with three different research tracks. You may choose the research track that matches your professional and research goals. As a newly admitted student, you will be paired with a faculty advisor from your chosen area who will help you acclimate to the PhD environment, accomplish each requirement of the degree and develop the research question that will be the foundation of your dissertation.
Once per semester (fall, spring and summer), you will come to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus for a week-long intensive. This will provide you with rich opportunities to get to know your colleagues and faculty and benefit from the collective knowledge you all bring to in-person conversations.