Graduate Program

PhD Program in Nursing Science

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Our PhD in Nursing Science program prepares nurse scientists to educate the next generation of nurses. Students who earn a PhD in nursing science from USF can affect the lives of millions of people by creating the science that impacts patients, families, and communities. The PhD program provides the link between practice and research. Full-time students may be eligible for scholarships and/or graduate assistantship positions.

To explore our current research initiatives and meet our team of researchers, click here.

For more details about the program, see the PhD Program Calendar and the PhD Student Handbook

To learn more about our researchers' expertise, please visit the Nursing Science Without Limits video collection.

PhD vs DNP Comparison

What is the difference between the PhD in Nursing Science and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)?

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Accreditations – Visit our Accreditation page to learn more.


  • Admission Requirements

    Prerequisites and More

     

    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. 

    Important Information:

    All admitted nursing students are required to complete a background check, immunization verification, and drug screening. Additionally, students will be required to provide proof of current health insurance. Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process. 

    To learn more, please consult the Graduate Catalog.
  • Curriculum

    Three Entry Points

     

    There are three entry points to the PhD program: for those with a BSN, MSN, and clinical doctorate. Learn more about the different requirements by consulting the Graduate Catalog.

    Prospective students can also learn more by consulting the PhD Student Handbook.

    Flexible Traditional Format: To meet the needs of working professionals, our PhD Program offers a flexible traditional format with intensive on-campus research experiences combined with web-based research and educational activities. Classes are offered every Monday throughout the semester; see our PhD Program Calendar for more information.

    Certification: Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, PhD students are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) program. Students who have master’s degrees in nursing would be eligible to sit for the certification exam after completing 9 nursing education credit hours. Students who hold bachelor’s degrees would sit for the exam after being awarded their PhDs.

  • Apply

    Application Process

    Applicants who meet the admission requirements should complete the steps below to successfully apply:

    1. Submit a Graduate Admissions Application
      • USF Graduate Admissions Application
      • For all questions, contact the USF Admissions Office at (813) 974-3350 or visit the website
      • Note: Do not upload supplemental documentation; please bypass these sections of the application (e.g., test scores, transcripts and personal statements)
    2. Submit a NursingCAS Application

    Required Documentation: All documentation (e.g., transcripts, resume, certifications, etc.) must be uploaded to NursingCAS by the deadline in order for applications to be considered.

    Interview Requirement: In addition to fulfilling the application requirements, a personal interview with faculty will be required. 

    Learn more by attending an information session and application workshop.

    International Admissions

    • Foreign Transcripts: All coursework and degrees completed outside the United States require a course-by-course evaluation from an approved evaluating agency. Foreign transcript evaluation services are approved by the USF Graduate School. Please note that the Florida Board of Nursing maintains its own list of approved evaluating agencies. Transcript evaluations must be received at the College of Nursing in their original sealed envelopes by the deadlines posted.
    • English Language: Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must demonstrate English proficiency. Please see USF Graduate Catalog for more information or contact USF Office of International Admissions.
  • Application Deadlines

    TermApplication OpenDeadline to Apply
    Fall
    September 15July 1


    Priority Application Deadlines:

    • For Financial Support Consideration - December 15
    • For Priority Admission Consideration - February 15

    Note: The program will admit students on a space available basis after the deadline to apply.

    Priority admission and consideration for financial support will be limited to those meeting the priority deadline.
     
    NOTE: Application deadlines for Graduate Student Success fellowships, including the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, are often prior to the priority College of Nursing deadline. Applicants should consult the pertinent funding agency as additional application materials may be required for each fellowship.

Contact Us

Theresa Beckie, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean, PhD Program
tbeckie@usf.edu
(813) 598-9162

Marissa Kearney, MHS
Academic Services Administrator
marissatanee@usf.edu
(813) 974-6370