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 PhD in Nursing will allow you to advance the field as a research scientist. UCF Online provides an avenue through which students contribute to knowledge development in nursing and healthcare on the basis of sound conceptual, methodological and ethical research.
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.
The curriculum, along with your dissertation, will prepare you to become a leader who contributes to the body of nursing knowledge through your research. You’ll graduate as a nurse scientist prepared to work in a variety of roles, such as faculty member in a research-focused university, leader for nursing research within a healthcare system, industry, or an executive leader with a research focus. 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 PhD in Nursing.
As a participant in the PhD program, there are two online tracks available:
Requiring a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond your bachelor’s degree, this program is designed to support students who wish to complete their PhD in a timely manner and attain longer research careers. This track can be completed part-time and is designed for working professionals.
In order to earn you PhD in Nursing, you’ll need to complete up to 72 credit hours of graduate course work. While completing your PhD in Nursing at UCF, you’ll take required courses, dissertation credit hours and electives, which will allow you to gain additional expertise in areas of interest. Importantly, in order to meet program prerequisites, you’ll need to have earned your BSN or either a MSN or master’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution along with being licensed as a registered nurse in the State of Florida.
Number of Core Classes
BSN to PhD Track –
You’ll need to complete 9 credit hours of foundational courses along with 33 credit hours of research methods and 15 credit hours in elective coursework. In addition, you’ll also need to earn at least 15 credit hours in dissertation research. Lastly, students will also need to complete a candidacy examination in addition to their dissertation.
MSN to PhD Track –
You’ll need to complete 9 credit hours of foundational courses along with 30 credit hours of research methods and 9 credit hours in elective coursework. In addition, you’ll also need to earn at least 15 credit hours in dissertation research. Lastly, students will also need to complete a candidacy examination in addition to their dissertation.
This program will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in your field. The skills gained from this program, combined with your professional experience, will enable you to grow within your field. The online PhD in Nursing program is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in these expansive fields.
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Why UCF Online?
UCF is one of the top supplier of graduates to the nursing science occupation. Our graduates work at top medical and education centers, including the University of Central Florida, Jack & Jill Children’s Center Inc, Orlando Health, Inc., and Association of Nursing Professional Development, Inc. With over 25 years of experience in online teaching and learning, UCF Online offers students an innovative approach to education. Our degrees are accessible, convenient, and designed with working professionals in mind so you can receive a quality education on your terms.
Online Support for Success
You’ve made the decision to continue your education and we’re here to help. From the moment you express interest in a UCF Online program, you’re assigned an enrollment coach to help you navigate everything from completing an application to understanding tuition and the financial aid resources available to you. Once you’re admitted, you’ll be transitioned to a personal success coach who will support you with maintaining school-life balance from the first day of classes through graduation. You’ve committed to furthering your education and we’re committed to guiding you along the way.