PhD in Nursing

Our PhD in Nursing prepares you to advance the science and practice of the nursing profession. Working closely with faculty advisors, students tackle complex health care questions and become experts in the field with the ability to assume leadership roles in a variety of academic and clinical settings.

The rich learning environment of our program includes:

  • Scholarship and funding opportunities
  • One-on-one mentorship with experienced research faculty
  • Interprofessional collaboration opportunities through the Academic Health Center and university at large
  • Strong research support through our Institute for Nursing Research and Scholarship
  • Small cohorts that promote collegiality, stimulating dialogue and scholarly growth
  • The option to add a Nurse Educator Certificate to your degree

Applicants to the PhD program must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, or a master’s degree and potential to develop new knowledge related to nursing and/or health care.

PhD Campus Visit Day

Experience a day in the life of a UC College of Nursing PhD student! Meet our PhD faculty and current students and attend a morning or afternoon seminar. Admissions counselors will be available to answer your questions and lunch will be provided.


  • 8:15 a.m.: Check in
  • 9 a.m.: Morning seminar (NPHD9031 - Role of the Nurse Scientist I, taught by Gordon Gillespie, PhD, DNP, associate dean for research and PhD program director)
  • Noon: Lunch (provided)
  • 1 p.m.: Afternoon seminar (NPHD9011 - Philosophy of Science, taught by Carolyn Smith, PhD, assistant professor)
  • 4 p.m.: Wrap-up and admissions Q-and-A session

PhD Sample Schema

Application Deadline

The PhD program admits students for a fall semester start.

PhD in Nursing Deadlines
Oct. 15
Priority NursingCAS verficiation Dec. 1
Feb. 1
Secondary NursingCAS verification Mar. 1

Nurse Educator Certificate

If teaching nurses is part of your career plan, learn about program development, assessment, evaluation and other aspects of the educational process by adding a Nurse Educator Certificate to your degree. The certificate requires only four online courses (12 credit hours) in addition to your curriculum to gain skills that will prepare you as a future educational leader in academic settings.

In addition, students who add the certificate to their degree are eligible for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. After graduation, up to 85 percent of the loan and principal interest is canceled for individuals who work as full-time nursing faculty at a school of nursing.


Contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or