Doctor of Philosophy - Nursing; Post DNP to Ph.D.

The Post Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) enables professionals who have a D.N.P. and to expand their research skills.

The School of Nursing accepts 18 units from students’ DNP programs, thereby requiring them to complete 44 credits of core Ph.D. research classes only to earn the degree.

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

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.

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.

Graduate Catalog

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