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College of Nursing - PhD Program

Welcome to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program at East Tennessee State University’s College of Nursing!   

The mission of the PhD in Nursing program is to prepare nurse scientists who will conduct research in nursing and engage in scholarship that will improve health care and health care delivery systems. We achieve our mission through an outstanding and relevant curriculum, delivered by talented faculty who mentor and support our student through their learning experiences. As a college, we are nationally known for our nurse managed centers that provide primary care in rural and underserved settings, and for our inter-professional learning experiences. Our faculty members conduct research that aims to reduce health disparities, improve health services and systems, and promote high quality nursing education.

Our program is offered in an "online and blended" format. This structure provides students with classroom experiences through an on-campus session at the beginning of each semester, combined with the convenience and flexibility of online learning for the remainder of the semester. We are eager to recruit well-qualified applicants whose research interests and goals match the strengths of our program.

Doctoral classes begin in the fall, and if you are interested in applying for admission to the next fall class, please contact the School of Graduate Studies to obtain an application packet, or you can apply online. Even though we begin to interview candidates for the program in the early spring, we will continue to accept applications until the class is filled for the fall semester.

Students can enroll in full-time (minimum of nine credit hours each semester) or part-time study plans, and excellent financial assistance is available to full-time students.

For additional information, please submit the following form: PhD/Graduate Contact Form

AACN Contrast Grid of the Key Differences between DNP and
PhD/DNSc/DNS Programs 


Important Dates for Current Students

Sigma Theta Tau Research Day

Dates to be posted when available.

  Academic CalendarClick here.
  Thesis/Dissertation BootcampClick here for details.


Spring: January 9 – 13

Summer: May 8 – 12

Fall: August 21 – 24





Contact Us
We recommend as a quick, reliable method of contact; however, you may also call to schedule an appointment or get general information at:

888.37NURSE or 423.439.4578
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