Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Prepare to help fill a local, national, and international need for quality advanced nursing educators.

Envisioning and equipping the next generation of nursing.

Provincially, nationally, and globally, there is a deepening shortage of doctorally prepared nursing faculty. TWU’s School of Nursing is offering a groundbreaking PhD in Nursing program designed for nurses who are in or who want to be in academic positions and those who work in or desire to work in health care organizations.


Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)

Program Highlights

  • Delivery Method

    Mix of online and in class (Langley and Ottawa)
  • Anticipated Length

    48 months
  • Credit Hours

    45 semester hours

Program Overview

The PhD in Nursing program actively engages a community of nurse scholars who deepen their own nursing knowledge, contribute to new nursing knowledge, and lead in academic and health-care contexts.

Rooted in the Christian ethos of TWU, students will have opportunity to develop a values-based approach to higher education, leadership, and research. The flexible and accessible online approach is tailored for learners who are working in educational institutions or health-care organizations. The program features:

  • Annual summer residences
  • Online courses (synchronous and asynchronous delivery)
  • Internships in education, policy, or research


  • Graduate seminars
  • Completion of a comprehensive dissertation

Dean & Director's Message

The nursing faculty in the TWU School of Nursing are delighted to welcome our first cohort of students into a much-needed, novel PhD in Nursing program. 

The shortage of doctorally prepared nursing faculty, both nationally and internationally, has been well documented. This is the gap we are oriented toward—the next generation of the nursing professoriate.

This need has led us to the design of a groundbreaking PhD program. We have thought carefully about our niche in Canadian higher education. Along with the uniqueness of our well-rounded program educating for the full scope of the nursing professoriate, we are distinct in offering a values-based approach to higher education, leadership, and research, rooted in the Christian ethos of TWU. No other faith-based doctoral program in nursing exists in Canada (and few internationally), despite a growing cadre of nurses who desire to engage in the deep theological and philosophic traditions that underpin health, compassion, and healing, as well as sickness and suffering for the planet.

More than 25 years of undergraduate nursing education, a well-regarded MSN program, and the outstanding calibre of faculty provide the platform for this program. Our world-class faculty, with interdisciplinary colleagues at TWU and transdisciplinary connections beyond, have built a collaborative research environment while maximizing competitiveness for extramural funding. At a relatively small university, it is important that we are well connected to nursing and health researchers and leaders locally, nationally, and globally. 

With an ever-changing planet, we are equipping the next generation of nurse leaders and scholars to work alongside other disciplines for the well-being of the global community.

Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, PhD, RN
TWU Dean of Nursing

Barbara Astle, PhD, RN
Director of MSN Program