BSN to PhD Track

BSN to PhD is designed for nurses with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing. Although students completing the BSN to PhD program do not earn a masters degree in nursing, they do immerse themselves in challenging masters as well as doctoral level courses. If you need more information about the PhD program you can contact Belinda Vela using the information below.


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:


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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing Degree from a nationally accredited institution
  • Application to the Nurse Centralized Application Service (NCAS) with appropriate application fee.
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years
  • Two professional writing samples
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement of goals (include your research interest area)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) scores for graduates of foreign universities

Other factors considered in determining admission for study in the Nursing PhD Program include:

  • Content of personal statement
  • Foundation in research and statistics
  • Unique educational career or life experiences
  • Recommendations from professors and mentors
  • Commitment to advancing nursing knowledge
  • Socioeconomic background
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Personal Interview

Tuition & Fees-

There is a refundable $200.00 deposit assessed when you accept the offer to attend UTMB School of Nursing. This deposit will be applied towards your tuition upon enrollment. For specific details about tuition and fees, please visit the Enrollment Services Tuition and Fees webpage.

  • Texas Resident
  • The tuition and fees posted below represent an estimated cost for the entire program (minimum required for BSN-PhD is 87 semester credit hours).
  • Tuition with University Fees
  • Course Fees and Books
  • Total Cost
  • Non-Texas Resident
  • The tuition and fees posted below represent an estimated cost for the entire program (minimum required for BSN-PhD is 87 semester credit hours).
  • Tuition with University Fees
  • Course Fees and Books
  • Total Cost

Curriculum Plan-

Curriculum Plan

The sample program demonstrates how a student might typically advance through the program. The specific hours and courses are subject to change.

Semester I
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GNRS 5309 Foundations of Adult Learning 3
GNRS 6357 Nursing Science I 3
GNRS 6400 Concepts and Theories in Nursing 4
Total hours 10
Semester II
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GNRS 5322 Curriculum Design 3
GNRS 6358 Nursing Science II 3
GNRS 6402 Advanced Statistics 4
Total hours 10
Semester III
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GNRS 5311 Program Evaluation 3
GNRS 5312 Learning Environment 3
GNRS 6361 Quantitative Data Management 3
Total hours 9
Semester IV
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GNRS 6341 History and Philosophy of Science in Nursing 3
GNRS 5320 Teaching Practicum 3
GNRS 6348 Qualitative Research Methods 3
Total hours 9
Semester V
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GNRS 6346 Quantitative Research Methods 3
GNRS 6362 Pedagogy: Teaching, Research and Scholarship in the Clinical Environment 3
GNRS 6351 Qualitative Data Management 3
Total hours 9
Semester VI
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GNRS 6347 Ethics in Health Care and Research 3
GNRS 6350 Clinical Investigations in Nursing 3
MEHU 6101 Ethics in Science 1
GNRS 6039 Research Practicum 3
Total hours 10
Semester VII
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GNRS 6352 Survey of Instrumentation Methods 3
GNRS 6039 Research Practicum 3
GNRS 6088 Independent Study OR Elective 3
Total hours 9
Semester VIII
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GDNP 6325 Health Care Policy 3
GDNP 6337 Informatics in Transformation of Health Care 3
GNRS 6039 Research Practicum 3
Total hours 9
Semester IX
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GNRS 6340 Doctoral Research Seminar 3
Comprehensive Qualifying Exam (CQE)
Total hours 3
Semester X
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GNRS 6099 Dissertation 9
Total hours 9
Semester XI
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GNRS 6099 Dissertation (As Needed)* 0
*Students are required to register for 9 hours of Dissertation every semester until graduation. A TOTAL of only 9 hours of Dissertation is required and will be credited toward a student's program of study.
Total hours 0

Total Program Credits: 87 Hours


Application Process

The Nurse Centralized Application Service (NCAS) is the application utilized by UTMB. An application, the application fee, and official transcripts must be received at NCAS by the deadline listed for each admission cycle. Visit the Apply Now page for information and step-by-step instructions for applying to a program.

All students accepted into the program are required to come to campus for 5 days once each year prior to the beginning of the Fall Semester to meet with their research advisor, other research faculty and students for the purpose of developing and refining research ideas.

International Student Information

Applicants from international institutions must use one of the credentialing services approved by UTMB to provide a verification and evaluation of transcripts in order to be able to be considered for admission to programs at UTMB. Applicants are no longer required to send official transcripts from the issuing institution since we are now utilizing these services. An official copy of this report must be submitted to NCAS by the application deadline.

The following are the Credentialing Services approved by UTMB:

  • Spantran Services
  • 7211 Regency Square Blvd., Suite 205
  • Houston, TX 77036-3197
  • 713-266-8805

After Acceptance-

After you have accepted your UTMB offer, you are required to complete the following:

  • Immunization Requirements - Evidence of immunizations required by UTMB must be submitted to Student Health for verification and processing, including documentation for COMPLETED three dose series of Hepatitis B vaccines and a positive Hepatitis B antibody titer. All immunization requirements must be met to proceed in a clinical course. Students who are not in compliance with the above policy will not be permitted to participate in clinical activities.
  • Background Check - All UTMB students are required to undergo a security clearance for enrollment at UTMB. UTMB has designated CastleBranch to complete the background check required for your security clearance. Results from any other company will not be accepted.
    • UTMB has also designated CastleBranch to conduct drug testing for all new students. Registration for both requirements is available at: CastleBranch.
    • When you have submitted your personal information and method of payment, you can enter your Zip code to locate the nearest testing facility.
    • The Security Clearance and Drug Screening cannot be completed more than three weeks prior to orientation. Please consult the Academic Calendar for orientation dates.

Students who do not pass these requirements will not be admitted to the Nursing PhD Program.

To review Enrollment Services, such as Financial Aid, Scholarships, International Students, FERPA, etc. go to:

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