The goal of the doctoral program in nursing is to prepare scientists capable of conducting innovative research that results in new and significant contributions to nursing knowledge. The students engage in creative thinking, critical appraisal and synthesis of scholarly work in their field of interest using a wide range of philosophical, theoretical and methodological perspectives.
Admissions are for full-time students only. To be considered as having full-time status, students must register to a minimum of 6 credits per session and must be geographically available and visit the campus regularly. The courses in the program are offered in French and in English. In accordance with University of Ottawa policy, students can write exams, course assignments and theses in either English or French. The program is governed by the General Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS), which are available on the FGPS Website.
The PhD program consists of three fields:
- Evidence informed decision making in nursing and health care;
- Sociopolitical, educational and historic contexts of nursing;
- Nursing practice and delivery systems.
Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research (Temporarily suspended.)
The Doctoral program and the MSc in nursing program (thesis option) offer a Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research that permits students in the Master’s or Doctoral program to be sufficiently competent to carry out independent policy-relevant health services research. Although they may have acquired some of these competencies within the master of science and doctoral program in nursing, the Diploma permits them to tailor their education to ensure that they have the relevant and sufficient competencies needed to engage in high quality research in this field. Diploma recipients have the knowledge and skills to contribute to improved accessibility, quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of health services for Ontarians and all Canadians. They work as effective partners with policy-makers to ensure that newly created information is shared with relevant decision-makers and is used to help create a healthier, more productive population. To obtain relevant information, consult the website of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral under Diploma.