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

Program Details

Virginia Commonwealth University offers multiple options for its online Nursing PhD program, depending on students’ current education level and research interests. This track is designed for nurses with a master’s degree who are interested in examining Biobehavioral Health topics.

Students in this nursing degree online have the flexibility of both synchronous and asynchronous classes, along with one campus visit each semester. Biobehavioral Health focuses on the various processes, including biological, psychosocial, and environmental, that affect health. Nurse researchers can work to develop interventions to positively affect these processes and overall health outcomes. PhD students develop a through understanding of research methods and practices through experimental studies and a dissertation.

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Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master 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.