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College of Nursing PhD Distance Learning

In fall 2002, the University of Utah College of Nursing implemented a pilot program that would utilize Internet-based videoconferencing technology to deliver doctoral nursing coursework to students located across the country. The program has since proven to be a great success, as 17 of the 29 students enrolled in the original cohorts have graduated, and the 11 remaining students are still making excellent progress through the program. As a result, the College of Nursing PhD Program transitioned to the piloted distance format in fall 2008, and continues to accept applications from around the globe from applicants who wish to obtain a PhD from the University of Utah utilizing the same Internet-based videoconferencing technology.

University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Student Experiences

Bristlecone CohortIn January 2009, nine gerontology-focused students were admitted to the PhD program. Let them tell you, in their own words, why they chose the University of Utah College of Nursing.

Video: Start Here

As a PhD student, you will come to campus for orientation in your first year, then week-long intensives each subsequent year of coursework.

Video: On-Campus Orientation

The PhD program is designed to foster strong relationships between students, advisors and faculty. This is accomplished in a variety of ways: from working with advisors and together on projects, to each year, PhD students and faculty meet at the Gerontological Society of America annual meeting. Other PhD students attend different conference as a cohort, depending on their research interests.

Video: Working with Advisors

Video: Cross Country Collaborations

You've listened to the students, and seen the set up of the "classroom." Teaching and learning takes place in a variety of ways. Lectures, discussions, and group work. You might be wondering, "What about statistics?" How is that taught?

Video: Join a Statistics Class in Progress

Video: Going to Conferences

Entering a PhD program is a big decision; it is an investment of your time, your energy, financially, intellecually and emotionally. Every student has their own story to tell.

Video: Being Stretched in a PhD Program

The gerontology-focused PhD program is offered through the College of Nursing's highly acclaimed distant program format. This format allows students to "educate in place" while receiving a doctoral education that is designed for self-motivated, independent learners ready to engage in the intellectual rigors of an academic community.

For more information about the gerontology PhD program contact:

Melissa Pederson, MEd
PhD Program Administrator & Graduate Scholarship Coordinator
University of Utah - College of Nursing
10 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Office: (801) 585-1671
Fax: (801) 585-9705