Ph.D. Degree Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing program at Molloy College prepares nurses for leadership roles in a variety of organizations, health related agencies and educational institutions.

Doctoral education fosters the highest level of scholarly inquiry to promote self-transformation, enabling graduates to demonstrate excellence in leadership, education and service. A Doctor of Philosophy degree represents the culmination of the formal educational process. Through scholarly inquiry and intellectual engagement, the graduate will generate new knowledge by designing and conducting research to advance the science of nursing.

The underlying beliefs of the Division of Nursing at Molloy College are rooted in its humanistic framework. It is the role of the nurse to stand against the occurrence of dehumanization that may happen in health care settings. In an environment where there may be a devotion to technology and cost containment and where others may be less concerned with the patient as a human being, the Molloy Ph.D. prepared nurse will lead in knowledge development and nursing interventions that demonstrate value and respect for persons vulnerable to illness. Leadership by the Molloy College Ph.D. prepared nurse will be directed toward transforming vulnerabilities to strengths and attaining and maintaining optimum health. Humanistic nursing behavior, rooted in the principles of caring, is a goal of the doctoral program. A curriculum enriched by the study of the humanities assists in achieving that goal.

Goals
Goals of the program are to educate future nursing leaders who will take their place alongside other disciplinary leaders to maintain, monitor and improve health for all individuals in society.

The objectives of the program are evident in the eight characteristics of the graduate. The recipients of the Molloy College Ph.D. in Nursing are prepared to:

  1. Serve as leaders in advancing the practice of nursing through research, education, administration and health policy.
  2. Participate fully in multidisciplinary contributions to the creation of nursing knowledge.
  3. Generate, test and extend knowledge through research and theory development and to disseminate the findings.
  4. Influence health policy to advance nursing and health care in a global society.
  5. Integrate theory and practice through advanced ethical analysis.
  6. Appreciate and extend the aesthetic values of nursing.
  7. Value the inherent dignity of all humans and protect them from dehumanization of health care.
  8. Treasure the ideals of nursing through the stewardship of caring. 

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Nursing Program
The underlying beliefs of the Division of Nursing at Molloy College are rooted in its humanistic framework. The Molloy Ph.D. nurse graduate will lead in knowledge development and nursing interventions that demonstrate value and respect for persons vulnerable to illness.

The Molloy College Ph.D. prepared nurse will exert leadership and develop knowledge to:

  •  Transform vulnerabilities to strengths, attaining and maintaining optimum health. 
  • Guide humanistic nursing behavior, rooted in the principles of caring, as a goal of the doctoral program.
  • Enrich the discipline by the incorporating the humanities to assist in achieving goals.

Unique Aspects of the Molloy College Nursing Ph.D. Program
The goals of the Ph.D. program are consistent with the mission of the College which places emphasis on the dignity of the individual, scholarly inquiry, self enrichment and achievement, high personal and professional standards and the responsibility to improve the quality of life of a diverse and dynamic global society. There are four unique aspects of the Ph.D. program plan:

  • Program emphasis on health policy with an experiential learning component in Washington, D.C. and a doctoral course in health policy through affiliation with Catholic University of America (CUA)
  • Molloy traditional modes of faculty-student engagement via small classes and interactive, face-to-face dialogue
  • Planned, individualized research residency experiences where students can select among faculty research mentors
  • Affiliation with North Shore LIJ Health System, the third largest non-religious health system in the country and largest employer on Long Island

Ph.D. Program Information