Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

  • Critically evaluate behavioral and biological theories of health and illness.
  • Generate, test, and extend knowledge of linkages between behavioral and biological dimensions of health and illness.
  • Design basic and clinical nursing studies to investigate behavioral and biological phenomena within a selected area.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary approaches to generate and apply scientific knowledge.
  • Apply leadership strategies to address ethical, political, economic and socio-cultural issues in nursing.

Our PhD program is designed for advanced students interested in working closely with faculty mentors in nursing and related disciplines within the context of established programs of research.

  • The latest in classroom technology in a new, state-of-the-art facility.
  • An opportunity to engage in ground-breaking research in such vital areas as health disparities, cardiovascular risk reduction, cancer treatment/prevention, diabetes treatment/prevention and smoking cessation.
    (Learn more about our faculty researchers)
  • Access to a wide range of service to support their research interests through our Center for Nursing Research.
  • Avenues to advance their research interests through our Interdisciplinary Simulation Center and through the Augusta University's centers and institutes such as the new Cancer Research Center.
  • Excellent opportunities to collaborate with world-class researchers in a dynamic, resource-rich health sciences university environment. (Learn more about AU research)
  • Research monitoring and assistantship available for fulltime enrollment. (Learn more about Graduate Research Assistantships) 
  • Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) can be used for tuition, fees, and books. Recipients of the loan may be eligible to have up to 85% of this loan forgiven while service as a fulltime nurse faculty member at an accredited school of nursing. Please contact Program Director, Dr. Zadinsky at for more information.