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BSN to PhD

Get an earlier start toward a career in nursing science through the BSN to PhD program at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston.

BSN to PhD Program at a Glance

Nurses interested in leading meaningful research can fast-track careers in nursing science with the BSN to PhD option at Cizik School of Nursing. Our Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program is rooted in foundations of theory and research needed to develop nurse scientists. Our mission is to prepare nurses to lead the development and dissemination of knowledge through nursing and interprofessional research. Through the integration of theory, research, and practice, our goal is to prepare nurse scientists who will improve health and health care for patients and families.

Admit Term

Fall only

Program Length

11 to 16 semesters

Credit Requirements


Educational Mode

Online and on-campus courses

Enrollment Level

Full or part time

Estimated Tuition

Among the lowest in the state

From Practice to Discovery

As a practicing nurse, you have ideas about ways to improve patient and family care. With a PhD in Nursing from Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston, you test your ideas and advance the body of scientific evidence. Students entering at the BSN level can earn doctoral degrees more quickly and less expensively than they would if earning a master’s degree first.



Find Your Mentor

At Cizik School of Nursing, you can build relationships that benefit you throughout your career. Each PhD student is assigned an advisor from among our outstanding faculty who works with you from admission to graduation. Review our research faculty page to find a mentor whose research interests align with your own.

Unmatched Interprofessional Collaboration

Located in the world’s largest medical center, Cizik School of Nursing offers PhD students the opportunity to work with and learn from faculty and peers within UTHealth Houston’s seven schools as well as clinicians in the Texas Medical Center’s internationally renowned institutions.



Diverse Patient Populations

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

Affordable PhD in Nursing

Excellence meets affordability at Cizik School of Nursing. Our tuition and fees are among the lowest in the state, and we offer a variety of scholarships to PhD students to support education and research.



Discover with Us

Take your next step toward addressing the most pressing health care issues of our time by earning your PhD from Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston.

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