Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
Indiana University Online

Program Details

The online PhD in Nursing Science from Indiana University Online prepares students to become nurse scientists who conduct cutting-edge research in nursing education, health systems, and clinical science to enhance the care of individuals and families across the lifespan. Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • ​Synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological and behavioral sciences to investigate health phenomena
  • ​Utilize analytical and empirical methods to extend nursing knowledge and scholarship
  • ​Conduct and communicate independent research that advances the body of scientific knowledge 
  • ​Defend the social significance of the extended knowledge base of nursing
  • ​Interpret nursing science within an inter-disciplinary context


  • Copy of official college transcripts
  • Research Advisor Letter
  • Three references
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of your current registered nurse licensure (RN) in state of US residence
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Complete the required statistics course

While the entire program is conducted online or via videoconferencing technology, there is an on-campus intensive session, usually held for a week or two at the start of each summer.

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission