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PhD Program at The College of Nursing

We are excited you are considering our nursing PhD program, which is designed to prepare nurse scientists to address pressing needs in health and nursing.  There is a strong emphasis on issues associated with health disparities, rural health care, health policy and access to care.  Because of the close interaction and mentoring our nursing faculty offer, our program provides students with a supportive and stimulating environment that also is interdisciplinary with high quality connections throughout New Mexico’s largest university.

We offer two program tracks: individualized and health policy.  In the individualized track, the student’s advisor and Committee of Studies guide our students in selecting coursework that will help meet personal, professional and scholarship goals and needs.   UNM’s College of Nursing is one of the few programs in the U.S. that offers a health policy concentration.  Whether you want to advance scientific knowledge in the field, educate the next generation of nursing professionals, or influence policy and practice in the increasingly complex healthcare environment, UNM’s PhD in Nursing program can prepare you to make a difference in patients’ lives, in communities, and across the nation.

Graduates of the PhD program will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Conduct independent research pertaining to the generation and synthesis of new knowledge and theory that contributes to the health of individuals and communities. 
  • Conduct independent formal inquiry pertaining to health care, reflective caring practice, critical synthesis of existing knowledge, and generation of new knowledge and theory.
  • Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence, and integrating creative and critical thinking.
  • Cultivate research expertise relative to a particular population, setting, or human response to health or illness.
  • Evaluate and critique social policy relevant to the organization and delivery of health care.

The UNM College of Nursing’s PhD program is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) which offers students tuition-reciprocity arrangements.  Students in AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible for in-state tuition .  For more information on this program, please contact our PhD Program Manager.

Please take a moment to learn more about our program and our faculty.  If we can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our PhD Program Manager.

PhD Program Manager

Mary Jastrzemski

The University of New Mexico has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Very High Research University (VHRU) and also as a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution.