University of South Florida College of Nursing

Immerse yourself

Make life better for all through research and policy change

Blaze your own trail with a PhD
in Nursing Science from USF

Make a difference through research with a PhD in Nursing Science, the highest-level graduate degree in the field. With a PhD, you’ll be well-equipped to utilize your passion and research to impact change.
So why choose USF to earn your PhD in Nursing Science?
We can think of several great reasons…

We are nurse scientists and MORE…

Learn from internationally and nationally recognized interdisciplinary researchers

Our PhD program is comprised of robust interdisciplinary research faculty to mentor you.

Tailored Learning

Personalized attention
and support

Tailored learning just for you

Each nurse has a different set of goals, hopes, and dreams. One-size-fits-all education doesn’t work. At the USF College of Nursing PhD program, all of our nursing programs are highly customizable curriculum. Each student gets their own faculty advisor and class sizes are kept small to offer a more intimate, hands-on learning experience.

Rapid expansion

Our growth is your opportunity

Thanks to nearly $40 million of recently approved state funding, the USF College of Nursing is rapidly expanding its footprint. With new simulation space, better classrooms, and more advanced simulations. Already named the fastest-rising university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the future of USF is getting brighter every day.

Rapid Expansion

PhD program specifics

Live classes are offered on our Tampa campus every Monday each semester, in conjunction with Canvas for online learning. There are three entry points to the PhD program:
  1. BS-PhD (4-5 years of full-time study) 80 credit hours
  2. MS-PhD (3-4 years of full-time study) 64 credit hours
  3. DNP-PhD (2-3 years of full-time study) 52 credit hours

Core – 40 Credit hours
Required for all PhD pathways

Content area and additional coursework – 25 credit hours
Post-bachelor’s requirement only

Advanced Directed Research – 3 credit hours
Post-bachelor’s and post-master’s requirement only

Cognate – 9 credit hours
Post-master’s requirement only

Dissertation – 12 credit hours
Required for all PhD pathways

What’s the difference between a PhD and a DNP?

We’d love to tell you more!

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Meet our recent PhD Graduate trailblazers

University of South Florida College of Nursing
College of Nursing

12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd
MDC Box 22
Tampa, FL 33612

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