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Welcome & Introduction
Welcome and Introduction to the PhD in Nursing Program

Message from Christine Williams, Professor and Director of the PhD in Nursing Program

Thanks for your interest in our PhD Program. The PhD program at the Christine E Lynn College of Nursing is both a scaffold for building strong research programs in the present through collaboration with committed faculty mentors and a foundation for growing Caring science into future decades through the contributions of our PhD graduates.

Faculty members engage with PhD students to create a learning environment that is accessible as well as noteworthy. We see you as our colleagues and we strive to mentor you and support your development as an emerging nurse scholar. At the same time, you challenge us to consider our ideas, shaping our ongoing growth as more senior scholars in the discipline of Nursing. As a graduate of this PhD program, you will be an expert in the Caring science that underpins our discipline; you will carry the thread of Caring science into your own research; and, you will have command of foundational research knowledge with experience essential for beginning on your path as an accomplished nurse scientist. We look forward to working with you.

If you are interested in our PhD Program, please know that you can be a full or part-time student, that there is financial support for full time students, our core courses are most often on weekends (once a month during each semester with cyberspace interaction between face-to-face classes) and we are here to help you. The Office for Nursing Research, Scholarship, and PhD studies is located in Suite 215 at the College of Nursing. Please stop by to see us!

Introduction to the PhD in Nursing Program

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing offers a Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Nursing (Ph.D.) degree program.  The program is grounded in the philosophy of caring and focuses on the integration and application of advanced nursing research for improved nursing practice and betterment of humankind.   The Ph.D. graduate is expected to expand application of clinical nursing knowledge and theory, enhancing the practice of the profession and directly impacting the health of clients and communities.  The focus of the Ph.D. program is to prepare nurses as scholars in conducting nursing research on clinical problems and creating innovative responses to practice issues.

The over-arching and grounding framework of the PhD program is the concept of caring.  Graduates of this program, educated within a caring-based philosophical framework, will create innovative and culturally sensitive responses to practice issues.  In addition to developing advanced research skills, they will assist in meeting the tremendous demand for qualified faculty from diverse backgrounds to teach and serve as role models for underrepresented students in colleges and universities. Click on this link to see Dissertation Topics of Recent Graduates

Program Outcomes of the PhD in Nursing Program
Graduates of the Doctoral Program will be able to: 

  • Develop self as a researcher with a foundation in caring science
  • Evaluate theory-guided approaches to synthesize an evidence-base that informs the development of caring knowledge and practice
  • Create research designs that honor the calls in nursing situations and integrate understanding gleaned from complex patterns of knowing
  • Demonstrate accountability as an ethical nurse researcher
  • Integrate cultural humility into research methods, including study design, sample selection and data collection plans
  • Lead systematic inquiry that enhances nursing practice, improves healthcare delivery, and contributes to nursing science
  • Analyze available technology and information systems for use in collaborative research
  • Construct the foundation for a research program intended to promote well-being for a particular population within the context of lifespan development
  • Engage with colleagues living values expressive of caring in all endeavors, including ones where communities or research scholars convene
  • Design research that reflects valuing for human dignity and understanding of complex local, national, and global policies that affect the lives of populations of interest
  • Establish a foundation for transforming complex healthcare systems through intra and inter disciplinary research informed by caring science
  • Become an example of responsible stewardship by advancing the discipline through well-designed research; honoring the profession through engagement in meaningful nursing leadership activities; preserving resources and respecting the environment through everyday actions

Financing the PhD in Nursing Degree
There are a limited number of assistantships and fee waivers available for full-time students.  In addition, there are limited scholarship funds available for students who meet the criteria.  Interested students should obtain information on financial assistance from the Director and/or Coordinator of the PhD Program.

Stipends for Incoming PhD Students
The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing will award $25,000 a year stipends to 2 new PhD students each year. These stipends will be available for 2 years enabling the recipients to complete their doctoral course work. Applications are competitive; those applying must be willing to enroll full-time and work as teaching assistants or research assistants for at least 10 hours a week. Two of the stipends are awarded to students who state their intention to teach in a Nursing program in the State of Florida. Go to the Financial Aid and Scholarships section of the website for more information.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) provides funds to advanced education nursing programs that prepare graduates to serve as future faculty in a school of nursing. Students enrolled in FAU’s PhD in Nursing program who plan to work as nursing faculty are eligible to apply for funds from the NFLP.  Up to 85% of the NFLP loan can be cancelled when loan recipients work as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing for a period of four (4) consecutive years.  Visit the College of Nursing’s Financial Aid and Scholarships section of the website for more information.

Cost to Attend FAU

Florida Atlantic University offers a quality education experience at a reasonable rate. FAU’s graduate tuition and fees are slightly below the average cost for other Florida public universities.  Click here to view current graduate tuition and fees for FAU.


Information & Advising for the PhD in Nursing Program
Director, Doctoral Programs:
Christine Williams, DNSc
777 Glades Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431


Phone: 561-297-0095
Fax: 561-297-1074


PhD Coordinator:
Jen Carmona

Phone: 561-297-0006

Fax: 561-297-1074

Office Hours: M-F / 8:30am-5:00pm
Office is located in NU 215
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