New Nursing PhD Program Answers Need for More Nurse-Scientists

Patricia Bruckenthal

Patricia Bruckenthal is Director of the PhD in Nursing Program, slated to begin in summer 2018.

The Stony Brook University School of Nursing is launching a PhD in Nursing that will begin in the summer of 2018. The PhD in Nursing Program emphasizes education and training at the highest level in order to develop the next generation of nurse scientists and educators skilled in research methodologies useful in all areas of nursing science to improve the health and well-being of the population.

The 54-credit program is designed to take 2.5 years to complete, with an additional year for dissertation completion. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, (AACN), the current national demand for nurses with PhD-level education is high, particularly in academia where retirement numbers this decade are expected to create a need for more nursing faculty.

Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, Director of the Program and Associate Dean for Nursing Research and Innovation, says the strength of the Stony Brook program is the School’s ongoing research partnership with researchers university-wide and particularly from many departments in the School of Medicine and other health sciences schools.

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