Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (BSN to PhD)
University of Utah

Program Details

Use your nursing knowledge for a career in research with a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing. This nursing degree online is designed for students who have achieved a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. 

Students in the program participate in synchronous online courses with a cohort, with additional on-campus and conference-based intensives. The Nursing PhD program is split into two parts, the coursework phase and the dissertation phase. Topics covered in the coursework phase include:

  • Research ethics and protection of human subjects
  • Applied informatics for health sciences research
  • Introduction to grantsmanship
  • Critical appraisal and synthesis of literature
  • Leadership and health care policy

Learning Pace


Learning Schedule


% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

University of Utah is accredited by:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.3 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Essay/Writing Sample, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires attendance at a week-long on-campus immersion and a week-long research conference each year for the first three years of the program
  • Must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited nursing program with a major in nursing
  • Provide verification of licensure as an RN or APRN in at least one jurisdiction of the National Council State Boards of Nursing