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Transforming Healthcare Transforming Lives:
Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health

PhD Program in Nursing Science (NUS)

Transform Lives with a PhD!

Our PhD Program prepares nurse scientists to Create the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health.

With a PhD degree in Nursing from USF, you can affect the lives of millions of people by creating the science that impacts patients, families and communities; as well as the education of the next generation of nurses. The PhD program provides the link between practice and research.

Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dean, College of Nursing

Transform Lives Through Research

A PhD prepares you for roles as:

  • Interdisciplinary Researchers
  • Scholars and Faculty at Research Intensive Universities
  • Leaders in the Nursing Profession

Why USF?

  • USF is the fastest growing research university in the nation
  • USF is ranked 8th as an 'up and coming' university, in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges
  • USF ranks among Forbes America's Best Colleges 2011
  • USF is 9th worldwide among universities in U.S. patents
  • USF is ranked 5th Most Veteran Friendly School in the U.S.

Why USF Nursing?

  • Ranked 25th nationally in NIH Funding
  • Nationally renowned faculty conducting research in areas of national healthcare issues.
  • Biobehavioral lab dedicated to nursing research
  • Live classes allowing intensive faculty mentorship


The Nursing PhD Program at USF has the dynamic curriculum designed to transform nurse clinicians into top-notch nurse scientists. As one of the few established Nursing PhD programs in the nation, we are proud of the many contributions of our PhD alumni as researchers, faculty and leaders in the profession. Our world-class faculty are national experts in many critical areas of healthcare. USF is the right place for you to get your PhD degree in nursing!

Cindy L. Munro Cindy L. Munro, RN, ANP, PhD, FAAN Associate Dean of Research and Innovation

What People are Saying:

My experience in the BS-PhD Program ignited my passion for research. My PhD preparation at the USF College of Nursing was a period of growth, development, and unprecedented knowledge. My education and experiences have equipped me to become one of the next generation of nursing leaders. As a alumnus, I would certainly recommend USF!

Rasheeta Chandler Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC Assistant Professor, USF College of Nursing