PhD in Nursing

The PhD in Nursing unit at the Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences is cultivating the next generation of nursing leaders who will create and apply the evidence-based science necessary to guide the future of nursing practice, education and research.

We also graduate leaders who advocate for the development and application of healthcare policies to address the needs of our society at every level, especially for minority and vulnerable populations.

Our distinguished faculty create a collaborative and challenging environment coupled with a stimulating and creative research experience for students through a curriculum combining evidence-based practice, cutting-edge science and diverse clinical proficiencies.

The FIU PhD in Nursing programs fully prepare you for leadership roles and research careers in academia, the healthcare industry, government entities, and other public and private organizations focused on the delivery of healthcare services.

A doctorate from FIU Nursing will greatly expand your career opportunities, giving you the scientific foundation and leadership skills to shape the standards of nursing practice and education, contribute to the growth of our nursing community and advocate for improved healthcare delivery.

Degrees & Programs

FIU Nursing offers two research-focused doctorate tracks to prepare you as a leader in the nursing industry, conduct breakthrough research, influence health policy, and more through an individualized course of study under the mentorship of research-active faculty.

  • MSN-to-PhD

    The traditional doctorate track for candidates with their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.

  • BSN-to-PhD

    A combined track created for students who demonstrate outstanding undergraduate academic accomplishment and an intentional desire to advance their nursing education to its highest level. The 2 tracks available are the MSN Nurse Practitioner (offering 4 specialty areas) and the PhD in Nursing degree or a Masters in Nursing Education and the PhD in Nursing degree.

Fast Facts

  • The PhD in Nursing at FIU was approved by the Florida Board of Governors in 2003.
  • The program is located on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) in southwest Miami.
  • More than half our faculty hold the Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) designation

By the Numbers*

  • 11Faculty/dissertation advisors
  • 85%Female students
  • 15%Male students
  • 10%Hispanic students
  • 55%Black non-Hispanic students
  • 15%White non-Hispanic students
  • 20%Asian/Pacific Islander students
  • 20%International student body

*For the past academic year