Program Description

The UF PhD of Nursing Sciences program prepares scientists, scholars and leaders in nursing. Comprehensive research preparation is achieved by pairing students with faculty researchers. Students have access to an array of UF faculty members for interdisciplinary study and research.

Applicants, whose prior study, work experience and proposed research focus, are congruent with the research focal areas of the College of Nursing will be given priority. This degree program is not for students seeking certification in advanced practice nursing.

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the doctoral program is to prepare the graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to generate new nursing knowledge and to become a leader and advocate in advancing health care.

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

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

Curriculum Design

A core curriculum  that includes:

  • Knowledge Development
  • Nursing Theory
  • Ethics
  • Advanced Research with quantitative or qualitative tracks
  • Interdisciplinary study (12-credits) in a discipline other than nursing.
  • Dissertation research (15 credits) comprises the remaining 62 credits
  • Individually directed dissertation research is a major aspect of the PhD program.

Faculty Researchers

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

Scholarship and Financial Aid

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.

More information from UF’s Graduate School on UF Nursing PhD Admissions, Program Demographics, Student Funding, Completion and Time-to-Degree Data, Job Placement and Average Student Debt.


If interested, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer Elder
Telephone: 352-273-6318