PhD in nursing sciences

The PhD in Nursing Sciences prepares nurse scholars to develop and conduct scientific research that advances the theoretical foundations of nursing practice and health care delivery.

It is also the gateway to a career in nursing education, where qualified faculty members are greatly needed to alleviate a growing nursing faculty shortage.

Our program offers comprehensive research preparation with one of the strongest cores of nursing research faculty in Florida.

The College of Nursing offers two options for research-focused doctoral studies in nursing. Select a program to learn more.

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UF Nursing research areas and Departments

Advancing Nursing practice

The PhD in Nursing

Learn more about the research areas represented at the UF College of Nursing by exploring our faculty research profiles and our two main departments:


Nursing Research Faculty

Learn more about individual College of Nursing researchers by exploring the research faculty directory.

Faculty Departments

Explore the faculty directory through the college’s two departments: Biobehaviorial Nursing Science and Family, Community and Health Systems Science


A PhD in Nursing Sciences is the pinnacle of the academic nursing career. Nursing professionals holding a PhD in nursing sciences have an endless stream of career opportunities in health administration, clinical research and advanced clinical practice. The PhD is also the gateway to a career in nursing education, where qualified faculty are greatly needed to alleviate a growing nursing faculty shortage, a crisis that has eclipsed the nursing shortage itself.

The UF College of Nursing has the oldest and one of the most respected nursing doctoral programs in the state, and provides the nursing doctoral student access to expert nurse researchers and cutting-edge technological resources. The college is in a world-class health science center with access to a network of interdisciplinary health care centers.

The UF College of Nursing is committed to helping you meet your educational and career goals. Explore the various ways we can help to financially support your PhD education.

Our faculty researchers are leading the way in nursing science. Learn more about our faculty researchers from whom you can learn and be mentored.

The College seeks to enroll a class of highly qualified students with varied backgrounds and interests. Such diversity contributes to the learning environment for all students, and has historically produced graduates who have served all segments of society and become leaders in our profession.

What You’ll Experience

Upon completion of the program, the PhD graduate is expected to engage in the following:

  • Research: Synthesizes and generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing.
  • Scholarly Activity: Disseminates findings to researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders in healthcare.
  • Leadership: Assumes leadership and advocacy positions to advance healthcare.
  • Ethics: Synthesizes ethical issues and standards related to science and knowledge development.
  • Collaboration: Develops and engages in interdisciplinary teams within the scientific and healthcare practice communities.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

The University of Florida’s campus hosts 16 different colleges, all within walking distance from the College of Nursing, the Health Sciences Center and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). These facilities provide students with unique opportunities to enroll in a variety of electives to support their dissertations and professional development, including grant writing, as well as the selection of a secondary mentor outside of nursing who can support the student’s research, scholarship, innovation and policy interests. Collaboration within interdisciplinary teams is encouraged, and there are many opportunities for interdisciplinary work.

  • CON faculty members lead interdisciplinary research teams with colleagues from medicine, pharmacy, public health, engineering, informatics and other disciplines.
  • Advanced Research courses provide students practicum experiences with these teams as well as others in order to enhance their competencies in research and scholarly activities.
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