Doctor of Philosophy - Nursing

The School of Nursing’s Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing prepares scholars to advance nursing science and practice through rigorous research, evidence-based education, and dynamic leadership. According to the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN) statement:

"The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)* represents the highest level of formal education for a career in research and the scholarship of discovery. It prepares scholars for the expression and communication of the knowledge base in the profession. The Ph.D. graduate develops the science, stewards the profession, educates the next generation of nurses, defines its uniqueness, and maintains its professional integrity."

Nurse scholars are found in academic institutions or in health care agencies in research and educational roles.

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 prior to 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.

For accreditation information, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide leadership in the advancement of nursing as a scientific and practice discipline through the conduct of culturally competent scholarship and identification of implications for policy, the discipline, and the profession.
  • Conduct and communicate 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.

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