PhD in Nursing

The PhD in Nursing is a joint program between The University of Akron School of Nursing and Kent State University College of Nursing.  

Mission Statement

Like a shooting star, aim high, and strike a star-bright path.

PhD StarThe focus of the Ph.D. program is to prepare nurse scholars with expertise in discovery and integration, and it provides opportunities for the development of scholarship in application and teaching.

As a nursing scholar, you gain the ability and the opportunity to develop nursing knowledge, shape health care policy and advance new avenues of patient care.

Throughout the Ph.D. program, you will be involved in a vibrant exchange of ideas on many levels addressing important health care issues. After graduation with the doctorate, you will be able to shape the vision of nursing in research, advocacy, service and education.

*The design of the objet d'art was donated by our local artist, Don Drumm, of Akron, Ohio, exclusively for graduates of the PhD in Nursing Program.

Overview and admission information

Tuition and Cost

The University of Akron provides an affordable tuition and fee schedule. Scholarships as well as part-time and full-time graduate assistantships, including both tuition and a stipend, are available. Learn more.

Curriculum planning

Curriculum planning worksheets

Preliminary exam (effective for students admitted prior to fall 2015)  


Dissertation and graduation

PhD Faculty Information