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Nursing Science

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. 

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Admission 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. 

- 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. TOEFL school code: 3383

Once Conditional Admission is Granted, The Following Items Are Required

- Current CPR Certification (American Heart Association) 

Current Immunizations

- Current health insurance 

- Pass criminal background check

How to Apply

Online application submitted via NursingCAS. View a video overview on completing NursingCAS application. Applications, references, and transcripts for the program is due by February 1 for Fall admission. Click here to view Ph.D. and DNP comparison chart.

Tuition and Fees

Resident: $37,532* (Subject to change, consult  Financial Aid

Non Resident: $44,852* (Subject to change, consult  Financial Aid

Financial Aid

To be considered for scholarships or financial aid, admitted students must complete the FAFSA form, which can be found online at The application should be completed once you have accepted an offer of admission. The school code is 003659.

Once admitted, students will be instructed to complete a scholarship application, which will be included in their new student paperwork. Scholarship funds are distributed based on students applications for financial aid, GPA, and other criteria specified by scholarship guidelines.

Students may also pursue scholarship and financial aid from external sources. Local hospitals and agencies may offer tuition assistance to employees and scholarships to students with promissory notes for payback upon graduation.

Contact Information:

The Office of Nursing Admissions & Student Services

Office of Admissions & Student Services 

7703 Floyd Curl Drive - MC 7945 

San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
(210) 567-5805

(877) 235-0341 (Toll Free)

Application Deadline:
April 1

Program Handbook:
Graduate Nursing Handbook

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