Research course

Nursing Science

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio · University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

Entry requirements

  • Bachelors in Nursing and/or Masters in Nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing (NLNAC, CCNE)
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Texas or Compact License
  • Grade Point Average of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher is required
  • Official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended are required, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned.
  • Statistics course
  • Three letters of professional reference attesting to the applicant’s qualifications for doctoral education in nursing.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Goals and Interests (submitted directly to the School of Nursing)
  • Graduate Record Examination General (aptitude) test (verbal and quantitative sections) taken within the last 5 years.
  • Interview
  • Applicants who have completed college-level coursework outside of the United States must have all international coursework evaluated, which can be completed by sending transcripts to a foreign credential evaluation service.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Philosophy program in Nursing Science is designed to prepare clinical nurse scientists with curriculum content to include philosophy of science, research methods and techniques, nursing theories, statistical methods, and specialist preparation in an area of clinical nursing practice.

The program prepares the student for a career as a clinical nurse scientist who, through course selection and experiences, develops as a teacher and disseminator of knowledge within professional, academic, and clinical arenas.

Information for international students

International applicants must have one official copy of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score. TOEFL and IELTS scores are to be no more than two years old. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required on paper examination; 250 on computer-based examination; or 68 on the internet based examination. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

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