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Are you ready to begin a life of inquiry and discovery? The PhD in Nursing program prepares advanced students to become scientists who conduct research in health care and who contribute to the expansion of knowledge as nursing educators and leaders in the healthcare system. Graduates will be leaders who improve health and enrich healthcare systems through the integration of theory, research and practice.

In contrast to the practice-based Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), this doctoral program is rooted in foundations of theory and research needed to develop educators, leaders and discoverers of knowledge in the field of health care.

We understand that students have varied needs and learning styles, so courses are offered in a mixed face-to-face and online method. Also, our dynamic PhD program may be completed on a part-time or full-time schedule.

Our outstanding faculty is committed to preparing nurse scholars and scientists who can lead in extending the body of nursing knowledge. We foster a collegial and supportive environment with close faculty interaction. Our learning atmosphere is distinctive, challenging and includes rich mentoring experiences.

The School’s dedicated Center for Nursing Research promotes collaborations, enhances scholarship and stimulates clinically relevant investigative questions and innovative approaches. We offer unique access to expert faculty researchers in a comprehensive six-discipline academic health center. Doctoral students also have access to courses and resources in the affiliated institutions of the Texas Medical Center, a vibrant academic and healthcare community in the heart of Houston.

Whether you see your future in the nursing world as a faculty member or as a clinical researcher, UTHealth's PhD in Nursing program is the next exciting step toward enhancing your career trajectory.


Our flexible curriculum is anchored by solid core requirements for the degree, which include successful completion of 66 hours of course work, a written and oral candidacy examination to determine a student’s readiness for pursuing dissertation research, and an original research dissertation.


Program Characteristics

Prospective students should be aware that all School of Nursing students are required to have a computer and must have basic computer skills. For more information on computer requirements see computer requirements and recommendations.

Program Coordinator

Geri L Wood, PhD, RN, FAAN

Coordinator, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program (Email)