The program is designed as a distance enhanced, blended-learning program with the cooperation and commitment of the nine departments of the School: Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Gerontology, Health Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Patient Counseling, Physical Therapy, Radiation Sciences, and Rehabilitation Counseling. Structured as a four-year course of study, it is intended to meet the critical need for doctorally prepared allied health professionals across the nation in the areas of teaching, research and administration. The program utilizes a combination of on-campus and online instruction. On-campus sessions feature lectures, seminars, class discussions, and in-person mentoring. Online instruction is primarily asynchronous, providing students with flexibility in course access and participation..
This program is the first nursing Ph.D. hybrid program based in Virginia and will place VCU among only a few Mid-Atlantic region-based universities that offer this degree option. The program will include a combination of online courses and traditional classroom experiences to offer students a dynamic, interactive learning experience that will prepare them to become nurse scholars and scientists. This new format is designed to expand the Ph.D. program’s reach to a wider range of highly motivated, independent students who aspire to become scholars, make a significant difference in the field of nursing, and study with nationally recognized nurse scientists who conduct biobehavioral clinical research.