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Explore the School of Nursing's PhD Programs

Shaping future generations of nurse scientists!

A Message from the PhD Program Director

Mission

Built on a legacy of excellence and innovation, the UTMB Health School of Nursing PhD program mission is to prepare the next generation of nurse scientists, nurse leaders, and nurse educators to engage in current and emerging healthcare challenges with diverse populations in Texas, as well as nationally and globally.

Vision

The UTMB Health School of Nursing PhD Program aims to transform the landscape of nursing through innovative and translational research, leadership, health policy, and education that will contribute to improving the health of uniquely diverse and often vulnerable populations in Texas, as well as nationally and globally.

PhD Program Tracks & Curriculum

Funding Opportunities

Scholarships

UTMB Scholarships

PhD Scholarship Opportunities

Waiver of Application Fees

The GSBS 50-50 Funds pay for 10 applications annually.

A successful graduate of the Ph.D. Program at UTMB School of Nursing will demonstrate the ability to:

Create conceptual systems that reflect synthesis, coherence, and the extension of knowledge about health promotion, human response, and healing within the context of biobehavioral research, vulnerable populations, and contemporary pedagogies.

Design, conduct, communicate, and evaluate research that contributes to a body of knowledge in nursing science.

Test, generate, and extend knowledge about nursing practice that includes health promotion, human response, and healing into clinical settings.

Collaborate with others on the integration of conceptual, practical, and ethical knowledge of human health in the organization, implementation, and evaluation of health care practices and policies.

Provide leadership to improve the local, national, and international health care environments.

Online Educational Framework

Faculty Expertise

Student Accomplishments

Faculty Biographies & Research

Lorraine Evangelista | PhD, RN, CNS, FAHA, FAAN | UTMB School of Nursing

Lorraine Evangelista

PhD, RN, CNS, FAHA, FAAN

Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship and Professor
Lena Finke Distinguished Chair for Nursing Arts

Deborah Jones | PhD, RN | UTMB School of Nursing

Deborah Jones

PhD, RN

Senior Vice President and Dean, School of Nursing
Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair

Adrian Juarez | PhD, RN | UTMB School of Nursing

Adrian Juarez

PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Bruce Leonard | PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C | UTMB School of Nursing

Bruce Leonard

PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C

Professor

Cheyenne (Darlene) Martin | PhD, RN, FAAN | UTMB School of Nursing

Cheyenne (Darlene) Martin

PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor
Rebecca and Edwin Gale Professorship

Hoang Nguyen | PhD | UTMB School of Nursing

Hoang Nguyen

PhD

Associate Professor
Biostatistician

Mary O'Keefe | PhD, JD, APRN, CNS P/MH, LPC, FAAN | UTMB School of Nursing

Mary O'Keefe

PhD, JD, APRN, CNS P/MH, LPC, FAAN

Professor
PhD Program Director
Constance Brewer Koomey Professorship in Nursing

Carolyn Phillips | PhD, RN | UTMB School of Nursing

Carolyn Phillips

PhD, RN

Associate Professor
Dibrell Family Professor in the Art of Medicine

Patricia Richard | PhD, RN | UTMB School of Nursing

Patricia Richard

PhD, RN

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Program
Associate Professor
The Florence Thelma Hall Distinguished Professorship

Linda Rounds | PhD, RN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN | UTMB School of Nursing

Linda Rounds

PhD, RN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN

Professor
Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Program
DNP Program Director
Betty Lee Evans Nursing Professorship

Y. Kristen Starnes-Ott | PhD, BS, CRNA, FNAP | UTMB School of Nursing

Y. Kristen Starnes-Ott

PhD, BS, CRNA, FNAP

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor
Betty P. Akins Endowed Chair in Nursing

Huey-Ming Tzeng | PhD, RN, FAAN | UTMB School of Nursing

Huey-Ming Tzeng

PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor

M. Terese Verklan | PhD, RNC, FAAN, CCNS | UTMB School of Nursing

M. Terese Verklan

PhD, RNC, FAAN, CCNS

Professor

Carol Wiggs | PhD, RN, CNM, AHN-BC | UTMB School of Nursing

Carol Wiggs

PhD, RN, CNM, AHN-BC

Associate Professor
RN-BSN Track Administrator

Charlotte Wisnewski | PhD, MS, RN, CDE, CNE | UTMB School of Nursing

Charlotte Wisnewski

PhD, MS, RN, CDE, CNE

Associate Professor

Shout Outs

PhD Nursing Student Debbra Pogue — Congratulations for "The Effect of Simulation-Enhanced Orientation on Graduate Nurses: An Integrative Review," being accepted for publication as a(n) Original Article in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. This article was developed in response to an assignment for GNRS 6358, Nursing Science II.

Dr. Bruce Leonard — Congratulations on receiving the UTMB SON RISE Center grant award of $10,000 to pursue a study entitled "Pilot for Clock Gene Expressions among Type 2 Pre-Diabetics: Self-Management using Mobil Health."

Dr. Mary O'Keefe — Congratulations on receiving the UTMB SON RISE Center grant award of $10,000 to pursue a study entitled "A Pilot Study to Determine the Acceptability and Feasibility of a Virtual SBIRT Intervention for Increasing Access to Care and Emotional Well-being of the Senior/Caregiver Dyad."

Angela Mcgaskey — Congratuations on being the recipient of one of 32 scholarships awarded by the National Black Nurses Association!

Dr. Kara Goodspeed — Congratuations on the successful defense of her dissertation titled, Primary Care Nurse Practitioners Perceptions of Facilitators and Barriers to Encounters with Transgender Patients

Dr. Cheyenne MartinAcademy of Master Teacher "Educator of the Month - July 2020"

Dr. TzengCongratulations on the June 2020 publications in the official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and MedSurg Nursing.

Dr. Margaret Bosenbark — Congratulations on the successful defense of her dissertation titled, Parenting Beliefs During the Infant Year: Effects on Infant Growth!

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Apply

  1. What information will the Nursing PhD Program consider when reviewing files for admission?

    All elements of applications to the Nursing PhD Program are reviewed: In addition to the applicant's educational and professional history, special attention is paid to the applicant's personal statement and research interests as well as statements by individuals who provided references for the applicant.

  2. Do former UTMB students have to submit transcripts to NursingCAS?

    No. If you are an alumni of UTMB you do not have to submit your transcripts. You will still have to log into NursingCAS, submit all other required documents, and after you submit your application, email the Nursing PhD Office at nursephd@utmb.edu and inform us that you have submitted your application and you are an alumni. We will attach your transcripts to your application for you. If you have attended another university after you attended UTMB, then you will have to follow the previous instructions and submit only the transcript of the school attended after UTMB.

  3. How do I request credit for nursing courses taken at another school?

    PhD students may transfer up to six (6) credit hours. After you are admitted to the UTMB Nursing PhD program, you may submit a petition to the Program Director for a transfer of credits. Email the Nursing PhD Program Office at nursephd@utmb.edu and inform us that you have courses that you would like to receive credit for. After your petition is reviewed, you will be notified which courses are approved or denied for transfer credit.

  4. I live outside of the United States of America. May I attend UTMB PhD program?

    Since the PhD program is online, this program does not meet the requirements for students who have VISAs for educational purposes and are required to enroll in courses offered on campus.

  5. Can I transfer to UTMB School of Nursing if I have a degree from another country?

    Applicants with international credits must submit an official course-by-course credentialing report to NursingCAS using one UTMB's required Credentialing Services. Please click here to see the Credentialing services approved by UTMB.

Program Information

  1. Does UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offer accredited Programs?

    Yes. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences programs are accredited by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). UTMB is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

  2. What is the difference between a PhD degree and a DNP degree?

    The PhD emphasizes fundamental research. The DNP is focused on practice, with students completing a quality improvement project. In the PhD program, students conduct original research, completing a dissertation, a form of inquiry that results in improved patient outcomes and transformations in health care.

  3. Is the program online?

    Yes. All the courses are taught online.

  4. How often will I be required to come to campus?

    Students are only required to come to campus once a year in August for 4-5 days for on-campus seminars and meetings with faculty and fellow students.

  5. How long will it take to complete the program?

    On a suggested plan of study, PhD coursework takes two years to complete, in addition to the comprehensive qualifying exam and dissertation. The dissertation typically takes two to three years following completion of the comprehensive qualifying exam.

  6. Can I work while attending the PhD program?

    Most students work full- or part-time. MSN to PhD students can choose to enroll full- or part-time. BSN to PhD students are required to be enrolled full time. Most MSN to PhD students are part-time typically enrolling in 2 courses each semester. Students should recognize that working and going to school is challenging, especially when balanced with other commitments such as a family. Students are encouraged to plan for how to best balance personal and work demands with the need for reading, study, and completing course assignments.

  7. How many admissions does the PhD programs have per year?

    The Nursing PhD program only has one admission per year, in the fall. Our application dates are October 1st — July 1st. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a space available basis.