Kenrick Cato, PhD Student
Kenrick is a pre-doctoral fellow whose interest in combining technology and health care was piqued as a nursing undergraduate. His belief that informatics is integral to improving health care has led him to study clinical decision support tools, examining how new technology can help clinicians provide safer and more effective care. “In the clinical space, your research always involves people,” he says, “either on the clinician side or the patient side. Humans are difficult to research because you can’t control them in the same way you can a chemical reaction or cells in a petri dish.”
The PhD program is a research-intensive curriculum that prepares nurse scholars to conduct research independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams. To accomplish this, the program provides students with an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of nursing science, and a strong foundation in research methods (design, statistics, measurement) for clinical, translational and health services research. In addition, all students are mentored by research advisors as they move toward independent research and assuming the roles of doctorally prepared scholars. Read about the PhD program faculty. See a listing of the doctoral dissertations.
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Graduates of the PhD program will have the research skills necessary to make a major impact on health care nationwide and to further nursing knowledge at the local, national and international level. Specifically, graduates will be prepared to:
Traditionally post-MS nurses or those who hold an advanced degree in a related discipline and who desire doctoral preparation in research are admitted to the PhD Program. We encourage post-BSN nurses who are exceptionally well-qualified, with research-focused career goals and who desire doctoral preparation but who do not opt for advanced nursing practice/nurse practitioner preparation at the master’s level to apply. Both post-MS and post-BSN students admitted to the PhD program will take a minimum of 47 credits. Most students complete the PhD program in 4 years with approximately 55 credits of doctoral study. Prerequisite courses are determined individually for each student.
For program requirements, continue reading or click HERE to view a slideshow of the program overview.
A complete application must be submitted by the deadline for consideration for admission to the program the following September. Please refer to Admissions for application deadline dates: http://nursing.columbia.edu/admissions/index.html
Applications are reviewed and applicants may be invited to interview with at least two members of the Doctoral Program faculty. Admission decisions are generally sent by early March. Doctoral students are admitted for Fall entry only and, if accepted, students must be full time in the program.
The PhD curriculum builds upon the foundation of nursing science. It provides the basis for graduates to expand the horizons of nursing by bringing together practice, policy, translational research, leadership and interdisciplinarity. The core courses provide the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct relevant, thoughtful and well-designed research studies. Electives can be used to strengthen an area of clinical interest or to intensify understanding of a specific research or analytic method.
Students must be registered as full time for the duration of the degree (typically 4-5 years). The minimum number of semester credits in required coursework is 37 beyond the master's degree (4 semesters). In addition to coursework, the student must successfully complete a comprehensive examination with written and oral components, and must write and successfully defend a dissertation reporting an original research study. Dissertation credits range from 4-8 credits per semester depending on the intensity of mentored work. Upon completion, graduates will have approximately 55-60 credits, assuming 4 years of doctoral study.
Additional Optional Courses:
Upon completion of the required courses, students will take a qualifying exam to progress to the dissertation phase. After which the following courses will be taken:
Last updated 09/12/2011