The School of Nursing offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree to both BSN- and MSN-prepared nurses. Ranked among the nation’s best graduate nursing programs, the VCU School of Nursing offers an exciting and dynamic
environment in which nursing scholars can pursue a doctoral program of study and engage in cutting-edge research
in the area of biobehavioral clinical. VCU’s doctoral program at VCU prepares scholars and researchers in nursing to
engage in knowledge development and transmission in areas critical to the advancement of clinical nursing practice.
Our nursing scholars are prepared for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry and cutting-edge research in academic or research
positions. The degree awarded is the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
The school offers two entry options into the doctoral program. Applicants to the Traditional PhD option must have both
a baccalaureate and a master’s degree – one of which must be in nursing. The degree in nursing must be from an accredited
school or international equivalent. Students who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing, which must come
from an accredited school or international equivalent, will apply to the Post BS to PhD option in the program.
National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission
Facts & Figures
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999