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The Nursing Science Program 2018-2019 applcation cycle is now open. The Fall 2019 application Deadline is Dec. 1, 2018. 


From the Desk of The Executive Officer

Welcome to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Our program is the only publically funded Nursing Ph.D. program in New York City with a unique mission to improve the health of the people New York City and beyond. We are pleased to celebrate and welcome our incoming cohort students, now numbers at #12 who will join our community of scholars committed to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Our goal is to prepare nurse scientists, leaders, and educators who conduct research, discover new knowledge, advance the science, and become stewards of the profession. Our values of excellence, health equity, and respect are demonstrated in an uncompromising commitment to academic rigor, accountability, evidence, and steadfast insistence on the ability to serve all students.


Our graduates have a keen ability to think analytically and innovatively allowing them to respond to their complex health care needs of the urban populations locally and globally. They are prepared to assume leadership positions in diverse health care settings and academia with a particular focus on urban at risk, under-served and vulnerable populations.

The Nursing Science program at The Graduate Center fosters scholarship, professional development, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Your success is our success. Our website contains the essential information about the program, faculty, students, and policies. Please be sure to check it often as announcements and news are frequently up dated.

Best Wishes and Welcome Aboard.

Donna M. Nickitas, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FNAP, FAAN
Professor and Executive Officer

Donna Nickitas

Executive Officer, Professor
Graduate Center
Room 4116.07

Phone 212-817-7987

Deputy Executive Officer

Eileen Gigliotti

Deputy Executive Officer, Professor
College of Staten Island, Marcus Hall
Room 3317

Phone 718-982-3819

Martha Whetsell

Associate Professor
Lehman College, Shuster Hall
Room 3317

Phone 718-960-8199

Assistant Program Officer

Tricia Plummer

Graduate Center
Room 4116.09

Phone 212-817-7987