Doctoral Programs

PhD Program in Nursing Science

Admission Requirements

The College is committed to recruiting a diverse pool of applicants who are highly motivated to achieve the doctoral program objectives. Admission to the program is based on a number of factors that measure a student's potential for academic success at the doctoral level.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to apply for the program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • B.S. in Nursing from a regionally accredited program (for post‐bacc entry)*
  • M.S. in Nursing from a regionally accredited program (for post‐masters entry)*
  • Clinical Doctorate from a regionally accredited program (for post-doctorate entry)
  • Clear potential for research contributions
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Demonstrated commitment to doctoral study and scholarly productivity
  • Evidence of potential for leadership in nursing profession
  • GRE
  • Licensure as a registered nurse if performing clinical work
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Written Statement of Professional Goals
  • Prerequisite NGR 7848 or equivalent prior to full‐time enrollment 

*Applicants with degrees in other fields may also be considered. 


All admitted nursing students are required to complete a Background Check, Immunization Verification, and Drug Screening. Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process.

Complete By:
First week of class
MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tdap Booster (Documentation), TB Skin Test, CPR Certification (American Heart Association), Flu Shot
Note: This requirement is not the same as the USF Student Health Services (USF Health Form) and cannot be submitted as a substitute.

* Applies only to those who are doing clinical coursework or collecting clinical data.

For More Information:

The College of Nursing offers prospective students a number of ways to obtain more information about our programs:

All information contained is for informational purposes only and is superseded by the catalog for your intended term of entry.