Best universities offering the PhD in Nursing degree programs:

Medical University of South Carolina (US)
- The PhD Program in Nursing is offered online. The College of Nursing uses WebCT as a course management program to deliver online courses.
- The student with a Masters in Nursing can complete the Doctoral Program in three to four years of full-time study or four to five years of part-time study.
- The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commision on Accreditation.
- MUSC is an academic health sciences center ranked within the Top 100 in the nation for receipt of federal funding.

University of Virginia (US)
- The PhD in Nursing program is designed to prepare scholars with expertise in selected substantive areas who will contribute to nursing theory and practice through systematic inquiry.
- University of Virginia is consistently ranked as one of the top nursing schools in student awards by the National Institutes of Health. Each year UVa PhD nursing students have been awarded F31 training grants (National Research Service Awards) for their doctoral studies.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (US)
- The PhD program in nursing was initiated in 1989 and is the first PhD program in nursing in New Jersey.
- Beginning in Fall 2006, Rutgers College of Nursing began to offer the PhD program in an online and blended format.

University of Florida (US)
- The UF College of Nursing has the oldest and one of the most respected nursing doctoral programs in the state. The PhD of Nursing Science degree is offered through the North Florida PhD Nursing Consortium.
- The College is consistently ranked in the top ten percent of all baccalaureate and graduate degree-awarding nursing schools in the nation.
- The College graduates one of the largest number of baccalaureate prepared RNs in the state.

University of Alberta (Canada)
- It implemented the first graduate program in Nursing in Alberta in 1975 with the MN program, and in 1991 became the first Canadian nursing faculty to offer a fully-funded PhD program.
- PhD (Nursing) candidates are required to write a comprehensive examination at the completion of their specified course requirements.

The University of Manchester (UK)
- The Nursing PhD degree can be completed in 36 months Full-time, or 72 months Part-time.
- The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work was placed top of the table for nursing and midwifery research in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008.

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