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Prepare to lead in nursing research and education with a research-focused Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing from Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. We now offer two entry points to a rewarding career as a nurse scientist.

Unparalleled Collaboration Opportunities

PhD nursing students at Cizik School of Nursing have unique opportunities to collaborate with expert researchers and clinicians within UTHealth Houston’s seven schools and from affiliated institutions within the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.



Outstanding Faculty

Our faculty mentors are leading nurse scientists. Their top priority is helping graduate nursing students achieve their academic, professional, and research goals. Whether you are coming in with a BSN or a master’s degree, you will gain the skills to succeed in PhD nursing courses that focus on the integration of research, theory, and practice.

Meet PhD Students

Hannah Zeller, Chantell Thompson, and Otit Fletcher have widely different backgrounds and research interests, and each chose the PhD program at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston because of unique opportunities to study with outstanding faculty mentors in the Texas Medical Center.


Diverse Patient Populations

Live, work, study, and discover in one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the nation. Cizik School of Nursing PhD candidates benefit from many opportunities to begin meaningful programs of research that benefit specific communities and patient populations.

Supporting Scientific Discovery

The Center for Nursing Research at Cizik School of Nursing provides laboratory and administrative resources and support needed to prepare grant proposals, conduct research, and publish results.



Affordability Meets Excellence

At Cizik School of Nursing, we offer one of the most affordable PhD programs in Texas. We also offer scholarships to PhD students based on research interests in addition to academic performance and financial need.

Loan Forgiveness for Future Faculty

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is low-interest federal loan forgiveness program offered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for PhD students who plan to become faculty members. The three nursing education courses are required.  For eligibility requirements and application information, please contact Heather Bright in the UTHealth Financial Aid office at 713-500-3860.

PhD or DNP?

At Cizik School of Nursing, you can pursue a research-focused Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (DNP) or a practice-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Learn more differences between these doctoral degree options.



Get Started toward Your Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Build upon your master’s degree or Bachelor of Science in Nursing and take the next step on your health care journey at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. Earn a PhD in nursing from a nationally renowned nursing program. We are here to answer your questions and help you get started.

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