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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 PhD program in New York City. Our goal is to prepare nurse scientists, leaders and educators who conduct research to improve the health care quality of new York City culturally diverse, urban population. Our values of excellence, diversity, and respect are demonstrated in an uncompromising commitment to academic rigor, accountability, evidence, and assessment; a steadfast insistence on the ability to serve students from all backgrounds; and a dedication to meet the needs of the University urban setting.

Our graduates have deepened their ability to think analytically and innovatively allowing them to respond to their complex health care needs of the urban populations of NYC and beyond. They are prepared to assume leadership positions in diverse health care settings and academia with a special focus on urban underserved and vulnerable populations.

We are pleased to welcome you into our community of scholarship, professional development and a journey of lifelong learning. Your success is our success. Our website contains all the information you need to know about the program, faculty, students, and policies. Please be sure to check it often as announcements and news are up-to-date.

Best Wishes and Welcome Aboard!!

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

Executive Officer

Donna Nickitas

Executive Officer, Professor
Graduate Center

Phone: 212-817-7987

Deputy Executive Officer

Eileen Gigliotti

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

Phone: 718-982-3819

Martha Whetsell

Associate Professor
Lehman College, Shuster Hall

Phone: 718-960-8199

Assistant Program Officer

Tricia Plummer

Graduate Center

Phone: 212-817-7987