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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing


The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) program was approved by the Florida Board of Governors in 2003. The program’s purpose is to develop individuals who will be leaders and educators in generating and applying the science needed to guide nursing practice. Graduates have the knowledge and skills to conduct research in the health care field, and direct and guide application of other evidence-based health care findings to improve the health of people from diverse cultures and under-served populations.



In 2009 a BSN-to-PhD track was added for students who demonstrate outstanding academic accomplishment in their undergraduate courses. This comprehensive advanced education track builds on student’s nursing knowledge and skills at the baccalaureate level, includes master’s level courses to prepare students for advanced practice roles, and provides the foundation for students to engage in a program of intellectual inquiry at the doctoral level.