Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing / Biobehavioral Health (BSN to PhD)
Virginia Commonwealth University

Program Details

The online Nursing PhD program from Virginia Commonwealth University gives nursing professionals the flexibility of online classes with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous coursework. Students attend campus once at the beginning of each semester and complete the rest of their studies remotely. This program is well suited for students interested in becoming scholars or pioneering researchers in the field of Biobehavioral Health.

Bachelor’s-prepared nurses pursuing this degree focus on the many different processes that affect health, including biological, psychosocial, environmental, and more. This discipline examines ways to develop interventions to positively affect these processes and overall health outcomes. PhD candidates develop a thorough understanding of research methods and practices through experimental studies and a dissertation.

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Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Virginia Commonwealth University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

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

Additional Info

  • Students are required to come to campus for 2-3 days at the beginning of each semester. 
  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in nursing from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program.
  • Applicants must have a current, unrestricted RN license or authorization to practice as an RN in the US.