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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Research Process

william f. connell school of nursing

“The Connell School is advancing the leadership role in the nursing science community and building relationships across a range of health and scientific disciplines. We’re positioning ourselves based on what we see happening in the national scientific community, especially with trends related to translational research, which bridges the gap between basic and applied science.”                      Barbara E. Wolfe, Associate Dean for Research

Research expertise is developed through courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistics, clinical research topics, a series of research practica, and dissertation advisement. Relevant cognate or elective courses are planned with the advisor for the chosen area of research concentration. Students are challenged to look at nursing phenomena from a variety of perspectives, to appraise critically the state of knowledge, and to propose new questions to extant and emerging problems in nursing and health care.

Our Ph.D. program offers the opportunity for each student to develop the knowledge and skills that provide the basis for scholarly inquiry - whether in clinical practice, research, teaching, or leadership positions. Our graduates can be found in a variety of positions, combining their clinical and research expertise to advance health care and the science of nursing, many with careers in academia. View Ph.D. completed dissertations »

The Office for Nursing Research was established to serve as an institutional research resource for faculty and students. The goals are to facilitate the scholarly contributions of the nursing school faculty, intra and interdisciplinary research collaboration, and dissemination of research findings. Read more »