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Doctor of Philosophy - Nursing; Nursing Education

Please Note: Fall 2016 Admissions Closed

Applications for fall 2016 matriculation in the PhD in Nursing are closed. Applications for fall 2017 matriculation will open October 1, 2016.

The School of Nursing’s Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education program prepares nurse educator scholars.

These scholars advance the scientific discipline through research, innovation in the classroom, dynamic leadership and a passion for transforming the educational experience.

Nurse educators are found in schools of nursing as faculty members or in health care agencies as staff development and patient education specialists.

The online program uses a variety of teaching strategies designed to actively engage students. Two to three day-long orientation sessions are held on campus during the beginning of each fall semester to enhance the connections among students and with the nursing faculty.

Students have part-time or full-time enrollment options.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide leadership in the advancement of nursing as an academic and practice discipline and in political processes that affect health care.
  • Conduct original research that generates new knowledge.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

NEXus Access

The School of Nursing enables doctoral students to take electives through NEXus, an organization that offers nursing courses available at other member institutions. Get more information »

Career Possibilities

The Ph.D. program prepares leaders, scholars/researchers, and educators.


Graduates are expected to function in academia, the health care industry, or government and private organizations focused on health care.

Available Online

UNLV is unable to provide fully online education to students from certain states. Visit the State Compliance page for more information.