School of Nursing

PhD of Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing degree is a research-focused doctorate, widely recognized for its emphasis on intellectual inquiry, scholarship, and research. The PhD in Nursing is conferred for work of distinction in which the student displays the ability to make an original contribution of scholarship in nursing. The PhD program prepares nurse scientists to generate knowledge that advances the science of nursing. The PhD in Nursing graduate will design and conduct original research, lead inter-professional research teams, and disseminate research findings. Commensurate with the LSUHNO SON mission, vision, and core values, the PhD in Nursing student embraces ethically and scientifically responsible research.


The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing curriculum is to prepare nurse scholars for academic careers, and a variety of roles including those in clinical practice and administration, to include research to inform their work in healthcare.

For information regarding the PhD in Nursing Program of Study, please contact:

Marie Adorno  
Marie Adorno, PhD, APRN, CNS, RNC, CNE
Director of PhD in Nursing Program
Phone: 504-568-5206