Graduate Studies

Nursing Doctorate Degrees (PhD, DNP)

Join a proven doctoral program that will prepare you to lead as a nurse scientist or nurse scholar in advanced clinical practice.

Nursing doctoral student with faculty mentor

Program Overview

In our nursing doctoral programs, you’ll take the inside track to a future as a nurse scientist or nurse scholar in advanced clinical practice through one of two program options:

You’ll experience the benefits of close faculty mentorship from professors who are advancing the science of nursing.

Our flexible course delivery system is designed for working practitioners to ensure that you can meet the program requirements in a timeframe that fits your schedule.

Doctorate Degrees in Nursing Program Options

With a nursing PhD degree, you’ll graduate ready for a career as a faculty, scholar, leader, and researcher that will advance and inform the nursing profession.

With a DNP degree, you’ll be prepared as an advanced practice nurse ready to translate evidence to practice, lead innovative change, and deliver high quality healthcare.

Nursing Doctorate Program Highlights

With a doctoral nursing degree from Widener, you'll leverage experiences from a program known for clinical, academic, and research excellence.

2020 National League for Nursing Center of Excellence

For enhancing student learning and professional development

Nursing students in clinicals

Renowned in the Region

Our School of Nursing was ranked 16th in the Mid-Atlantic region and 8th in Pennsylvania among private colleges.

1 of 6

schools nationwide designated as a Center of Excellence for Advancing the Science of Nursing Education.

Founders Hall, home to Widener's School of Nursing, at dusk

Top 50 in Nation

Our School of Nursing is proud to rank #46 out of more than 1,100 private institutions evaluated across the nation.  

Source: Nursing Schools Almanac


Accredited Programs

Our bachelor's, master's, and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Leadership Development

Our program emphasizes personal leadership development. Your student experience will be enriched with a specialized leadership course focused on the behaviors required as a leader and the necessary skills to overcome the challenges that face higher education and health care settings.

Faculty Mentorship

Thrive in a learning community that provides close mentorship and one-on-one support. Our full-time faculty members bring active clinical and academic research experience to the classroom. Here, you'll build a network that will follow you long after graduation.

Research Opportunities

You'll have opportunities to collaborate with Widener's Leadership Center for Nursing Education Research whose mission is to advance the science of nursing education through rigorous educational and educational-clinical research. Expert research consulting services for constituents within the nursing and nursing education community and professional development are available. 

Clubs & Organizations

Nursing majors have the opportunity to join multiple clubs and organizations across campus to expand their network, including the Widener Alumni Nursing Network (WANN), Sigma—International Honor Society of Nursing, and many more.


Clinical Assistant Professor

"My goal is for students to challenge themselves to become life-long learners who contribute new knowledge to this wonderful profession. Both novice and experienced nurses should take risks to seek out new learning experiences that ignite their passion for nursing and drive them toward improving outcomes for their clients."

Barbara J. Patterson

"As an educator, researcher, and student advisor, I am passionate about preparing the next generation of nurse leaders, educators, and scholars. I believe advancing the science of nursing education is dependent upon preparing doctoral students who question and explore how they teach while generating the best evidence for their teaching practices."

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Financial Aid

At Widener, opportunities for financial aid extend to graduate students. Discover how Widener can help make obtaining your degree possible.

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