Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)


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Dr. WoodProgram 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. The PhD program in nursing will attract candidates oriented towards developing new nursing knowledge who will select an area of research congruent with interdisciplinary faculty expertise in basic and clinical sciences. A key strength to this program is the School of Nursing’s research partnerships with the five health professions schools of Stony Brook Medicine as well as partnerships with biomedical engineering and computational science, biomedical informatics, and basic sciences. Key areas of nursing science in which potential PhD students may focus include, but are not limited to; symptom science, health promotion and illness prevention, and self-management.

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 minimum of 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. Demonstrate leadership in academic nursing through research, education, and professional practice.
5.Demonstrate the ability to 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

NUR 635 Biostatistics



NUR 636 Advanced Statistical Methods


NUR 635

NUR 647  Doctoral Research Seminar



NUR 660 Quantitative Designs & Methods in Nursing Research



NUR 661  Qualitative Designs & Methods in Nursing Research





NUR 630 Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science



NUR 631 Concepts, Theories and Knowledge Development in Nursing Science


NUR 630

NUR 680 Integrating Big Data to Evaluate Population Health/VIP 695 Multidisciplinary Project Leadership



COM 565 Foundations of Science Communication 



NUR 662 Data Management & Informatics for Clinical Scientists


NUR 635

NUR 636


Research Practicum 

Cognates (2)



NUR 690 Dissertation Seminar I


NUR 691 Dissertation Seminar II


Successful completion of comprehensive Qualifying Exam


Doctoral Role Formation

NUR 697 Seminar Series: Investigator Role and Research Practicum



NUR 698 Seminar Series: Academic Role and Teaching Practicum




By Advisement


NUR 699 PhD Dissertation Research – On campus; or,

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

NUR 701 PhD Dissertation Research – Off campus (International)

(until Dissertation Defense)


Following completion of all core courses and Qualifying Exam students will register for a minimum of 2 semesters (spring and fall semesters) of 3 credits each. Additional enrollment of (1-6) credits per semester is required until dissertation is completed and successfully defended






For more information please contact Amy Prokop, PhD Program Assistant, at or 631-444-3549.