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PhD Program

Our scientific investigations look at health care from the nurse’s point of view, i.e., a holistic perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and approaching acute care, chronic illness and health promotion.

This area of expertise prepares our students to enter the tenure track or work in the health care industry as a nurse scientist.

Your Education

  • Didactic classes completely online.
  • A weeklong residency is held on campus each year in June, participation required.
  • Students are required to attend the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Research Conference.

Explore the Curriculum

You Will Be Prepared

Graduates of the PhD program will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Conduct independent research pertaining to the generation and synthesis of new knowledge and theory that contributes to the health of individuals and communities. 
  • Conduct independent formal inquiry pertaining to health care, reflective caring practice, critical synthesis of existing knowledge and the generation of new knowledge and theory.
  • Practice nursing reflectively, guided by theory, based on best evidence and integrating creative and critical thinking.
  • Cultivate research expertise relative to a particular population, setting or human response to health or illness.
  • Evaluate and critique social policy relevant to the organization and delivery of health care.


Minimum Requirements to Apply.

A MSN degree from an accredited college or university. 

3.0 GPA

Current RN license 

For the full list admissions criteria and application
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Support for Your Education

The majority of our students received some form of financial aid – scholarship, grant, loan, work study or teaching assistant position.

We also offer more than $270,000 in UNM College of Nursing scholarships. Individual scholarship amounts range from $200-$4,000 annually.

Admissions, Tuition & Financial Aid

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Application Deadline

Fall Entry
November 1 - January 31
Admissions considers all verified applications received by the deadline.

PhD Program Contact

PhD Coordinator, Professor
Roberta P. Lavin, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN

College of Nursing
Building 291
Room 3632
1 University of New Mexico

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