Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)


Offered on-site with computer assisted curriculum platform 

Dr. JurgensProgram Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) represents the highest level of formal education for a career in nursing research and the scholarship of discovery. It prepares scholars for expression and communication of the knowledge base in the profession of nursing. PhD graduates develop the scientific foundation, steward the profession, define its uniqueness, maintain its professional integrity and educate the next generation of nurses. The PhD in Nursing program at Stony Brook University (SBU) School of Nursing (SON) will have a strong scientific emphasis within the discipline of nursing and an understanding of the science of related disciplines and translation science. The program is designed in a broad, cross-functional perspective to prepare nurse scientists to collaborate across disciplines to solve complex problems and address multiple issues facing individuals, families, communities and populations. Translational and innovative research, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration at the highest level, will be foundational to the program. To foster success and promote transformational, far-reaching opportunities, students will engage in a diversified curriculum. The 54-credit curriculum is designed for Master’s-prepared nurses who aspire to research and academic roles within health care and educational settings. It will build on the foundation of research and scholarship gained at the master’s level. The full-time, cohort-based program, to be offered on-site (one day/week) with web- enhanced technologies, contains three phases: Coursework, Proposal Development and Dissertation. Coursework and proposal development will take two and one-half years to complete with an additional one year for dissertation completion. The PhD candidate will select an area of research congruent with interdisciplinary faculty expertise. The SBU intensive research environment provides opportunities for mentorship by faculty within and outside the SON. Our Office of Nursing Research assists faculty and doctoral students in meeting research goals by providing administrative support, grant preparation support and management, statistical consultation, and dissemination of research findings through poster/podium presentation and manuscript preparation.

PhD Program Outcomes

1.Master in-depth knowledge in a substantive area of study.
2.Ethically conduct original research to advance nursing knowledge and practice. 
3.Demonstrate distinguished expertise in scholarly writing and intellectual critique.
4.Provide leadership in academic nursing through research, education and professional practice.
5.Influence policy by integrating nursing knowledge within social, cultural, political and economic contexts.
6.Contribute to a global community of scholars through continued professional development and scholarly dissemination.


PhD Course Requirement




Statistics/Research Design

HND  635 Biostatistics



HND 636 Advanced Statistical Methods


HND 635

HND 647  Doctoral Research Seminar



HND 660 Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research



HND 661  Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research





HND 630 Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science



HND 631 Concepts, Theories and Knowledge Development in Nursing Science



HPH 531 Introduction to Biobanking, Biomedical Informatics and Biomarker Research 

Or comparable course



JRN 501 Distilling Your Message:  Communicating Science 



MCR 562 Data Management and Informatics for Clinical Scientists

Or comparable course


HND 635

HND 636


Research Practicum 

Cognates (3)



HND 690 Dissertation Seminar I


Successful completion of Qualifying Examination

HND 691 Dissertation Seminar II


Successful defense of Dissertation Proposal


Doctoral Role Formation

HND 697 Research Practicum



HND 698 Teaching Practicum









By Advisement


Qualifying Examination


To be taken prior to dissertation phase

HND 699 PhD Dissertation Research – On campus; or,

HND 700 PhD Dissertation Research – Off campus (Domestic); or,

HND 701 PhD Dissertation Research – Off campus (International)

(until Dissertation Defense)


Following completion of Dissertation Seminar II, students will register for one (1) credit per semester until dissertation is completed and defended

For more information please contact Linda Sacino, PhD Program Assistant, at or 631-444-3262.