University Senate                                                          Proposed: February 1, 2008

                                                                                    Adopted: February 1, 2008








WHEREAS,               The School of Nursing proposes to establish a program leading to a Ph.D. in Nursing, to replace the current program leading to a Doctor of Nursing Science, and


WHEREAS,               the proposed Ph.D. Program is designed to prepare the highest level of nursing scholars for careers in clinical and health policy research, advance the body of knowledge essential to the practice of nursing, and prepare future leaders in the profession, and


WHEREAS,               other institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University and the University of California at San Francisco now offer Ph.D. programs in nursing, and


WHEREAS,               this transition is consistent with the emergence of the Ph.D. as the accepted standard research degree in nursing, and


WHEREAS,               the Ph.D. in nursing does not duplicate any other program in the University, and


WHEREAS,               there is a national shortage of nursing faculty, and


WHEREAS,               this proposal has been approved by the Executive Committee of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of the School of Nursing, and


WHEREAS,               the Education Committee of the Senate has favorably reviewed the proposal,


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the University Senate approve the proposed program and forward it to the Trustees for appropriate action with the proviso that the Education Committee will review the program in five years.





                                                                        Education Committee