Applications for Fall 2024 admission are open August 10, 2023 - May 15, 2024.

Advance your nursing career in PhD in Nursing program, which features interdisciplinary research opportunities in multiple areas such as cardiovascular health, community-based participatory interventions, and health promotion.

The PhD in Nursing is a hybrid program. The program features excellent mentoring and teaching by faculty, extensive research experiences, and committed peers. The PhD in Nursing program emphasizes interdisciplinary knowledge development and dissemination. The College of Nursing offers two campuses: in Augusta and in Athens, Georgia. Dissertation research may occur at approved sites near home or work.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing




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Elizabeth NeSmith, PhD, MSN, RN

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The PhD in Nursing is a hybrid program. The program features excellent mentoring and teaching by faculty, extensive research experiences, and committed peers.

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Experience-based Education

Program Outcomes

With a Ph.D. in Nursing, you will possess the skills needed to apply leadership strategies to address ethical, political, economic, and socio-cultural issues in nursing. You will demonstrate expertise in your field using an interdisciplinary approach to generating and applying scientific knowledge in the field of healthcare.

You will be prepared to critically evaluate behavioral and biological theories of health and illness and design clinical nursing studies to research the effectiveness of health care within selected communities.


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Educational Opportunity

Students have access to the latest classroom technology in a new, state-of-the-art facility that includes an Interdisciplinary Simulation Center and Augusta University's research centers and institutes.

You will have the opportunity to engage in ground-breaking research in a dynamic, resource-rich health sciences university environment. We offer collaboration with world-class researchers and provide you with a wide range of services to support your research interests, including research monitoring and assistantship for students enrolled full-time.

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) helps students cover educational costs. Students may even be eligible to have up to 85% of this loan forgiven while serving as a full-time nurse faculty member at an accredited nursing school.



The College of Nursing is pleased to offer several scholarships to current undergraduate and graduate Nursing students.

The criteria for each fund is determined by the donor and is available upon inquiry. The availability of funds is variable. Students seeking financial assistance should complete an application form at the Financial Aid Office as well as provide required information specific to the scholarship to the College of Nursing.


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Learn the latest innovations in health care and advances in nursing science at the region's only academic health center. Impact the world through collaboration and team work, expanding the scope of your educational experience beyond the traditional classroom.