Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

UTMB School of Nursing | PhD Program

Shaping Future Generations of Nurse Scientists

We are excited to inform you that our existing Nursing PhD Program is now offered online using synchronous and asynchronous delivery modalities with only one required on-campus visit (5 days) each year. We currently offer two tracks: BSN to PhD and MSN to PhD.

The program has a full-time and a part-time option and both programs prepare students to become researchers, educators, or administrators in nursing. Using an online delivery modality, a combination of theoretical and evidence based approaches provide stimulating interactions in an environment conducive to scholarly exchanges and student development. The program has as its foundation a focus on health promotion, human response, and healing with research emphases in biobehavioral research, vulnerable populations, and contemporary pedagogies. This unique focus gives students the opportunity to investigate nursing from a holistic perspective. It encourages students to develop their original research efforts and ideas from the perspective of the individual, family, and community as integrated systems rather than one or more separate parts functioning independently.

A successful graduate of the PhD Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch 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.

If you need more information about the PhD program, you can contact Belinda Vela using the below information.


Do you have a question about admissions or the PhD programs? Ask Our PhD Admissions Counselor:

  • Belinda Vela, Administrative Associate
  • UTMB School of Nursing PhD Program
  • SON/SHP Building - Room 4.223
  • 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555-1132
  • Office: 409-772-8206 Fax: 409-747-1550
  • Email:


Are you interested in exploring the PhD program further but cannot attend an Open House session? No problem! We now offer our PhD students the opportunity to access all of the information of an Open House virtually...from anywhere at anytime! Follow the registration below and get started today!

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