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Program at a Glance

Program at a Glance

Online Doctorate
60-75 Credit Hours
$327.32 per credit hour
$694.82 per credit hour
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Build a distinctive career at the forefront of the nursing field.

Healthcare is constantly evolving and in need of energetic, diverse leadership among nurses. Your Ph.D. in Nursing will allow you to advance the field as a research scientist. UCF Online provides an avenue through which students contribute to disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge in nursing and healthcare on the basis of sound conceptual, methodological and ethical decision-making.

Through UCF Online, you’ll harness your full potential and gain the skills it takes to lead the way as innovative technologies and research shift the field of healthcare. Your classroom studies and dissertation will allow you to choose a specific area of focus, conduct research and apply your knowledge of theory, processes and methods of inquiry to the field of nursing.

As a participant in the PhD program, there are two online tracks available:

BSN to PhD

Requiring a minimum of 75 credit hours beyond your bachelor’s degree, this program is designed to support students who wish to complete their Ph.D. in a timely manner and attain longer research careers.

MSN to PhD

Requiring a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond your master’s degree, this program is designed to support students who have already obtained their MSN and are nearer to the completion of their Ph.D.

The curriculum, along with your dissertation, will prepare you to become a leader in the application of innovative technologies who contributes to the body of nursing knowledge through your research.

You’ll graduate prepared to take on a variety of specialized roles, such as an executive leader in healthcare systems, a scientist who contributes to the evolving body of nursing knowledge or a practicing nurse who leads the way in the application of innovative technologies. This program can be completed online, although two multiple-day onsite intensives per year are required. Get started today to begin your journey toward a Ph.D. in Nursing.

Career Opportunities

  • clinical care director
  • clinical care nurse
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • executive leader
  • nurse educator
  • nurse scientist