Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
The University of Texas Medical Branch

Program Details

The online PhD in Nursing degree program from The University of Texas Medical Branch prepares students to become researchers, educators, or administrators in nursing. Graduates of the program possess the knowledge and skills required to:

  • ​Create conceptual systems that reflect synthesis, coherence, and the extension of knowledge about health promotion, human response, and healing within the context of biobehavioral research, vulnerable populations, and contemporary pedagogies
  • Design, conduct, communicate, and evaluate research that contributes to a body of knowledge in nursing science
  • ​Test, generate, and extend knowledge about nursing practice that includes health promotion, human response, and healing into clinical settings
  • ​Collaborate with others on the integration of conceptual, practical, and ethical knowledge of human health in the organization, implementation, and evaluation of health care practices and policies
  • Provide leadership to improve the local, national, and international health care environments


  • MSN from an accredited program
  • Official transcripts
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • Writing samples
  • Statement of purpose
  • Interview
  • Letter(s) of recommendation

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges