Newswise — Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is offering a convenient weekend program for nurses seeking a doctoral degree.

PhD in Nursing Science Program classes will meet one weekend each month during the course of a semester (Saturday and Sunday). These classes will be supplemented with a one- to two-hour online meeting between each weekend class. The weekend format will make it possible for students to attend the program while only having to commute to campus four times each semester.

“Loyola recognizes the time limitations the changing health-care environment places on the nursing profession and wants to make our doctoral program more accessible for busy nurses,” said Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD, RN, professor and director of the PhD Program. “This format permits students to maintain their full-time employment, while completing the program in a timely manner.”

Loyola’s program consists of a minimum of 45 credits beyond the Master of Science in Nursing degree. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing to PhD program also is available. Coursework focuses on nursing science development, preparation for the researcher role, philosophical and ethical foundations, academic role preparation, secondary specialization coursework and teaching methods. Students also are required to complete a minimum of six credits of advanced statistics and nine credits in cognates and electives.

In the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, Loyola University Chicago offers an education aimed at empowering and transforming students to be of service to our community and our world.

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