The PhD program at The University of New Mexico College of Nursing develops and mentors exceptional nurse researchers, equipping them with the skills to address the wide-ranging health- related challenges facing policymakers and healthcare providers. Graduates from our PhD program will educate the next generation of nursing professionals and advance the science of nursing.
We have the capacity to serve a broad student population – including international students and students living in rural areas of the United States – because the program is primarily administered online. Many of these students would not otherwise have access to a doctoral program in nursing.
Areas of research emphasis among the faculty at the UNM College of Nursing include:
Cutting across these areas of emphasis is an overall focus on rural health and health equity.
The two program tracks are:
The UNM College of Nursing's PhD program is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) that offers tuition-reciprocity arrangements.
Graduates of the PhD program will demonstrate the following competencies:
Applicants to the doctoral program are considered for summer admission only. All required application materials must be received by the application deadline. These include (but are not limited to) the application, registration form, transcripts, three letters of reference, letter of intent, and writing sample.
Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the master’s level (with a 3.5+ GPA preferred) in order to be considered for admission to the doctoral program. A screening committee, comprised of at least two members of the PhD Subcommittee, reviews the application materials and interviews each applicant. Specific screening criteria are used in their evaluation. The screening committee forwards their admission recommendations to the PhD Subcommittee for consideration. The Subcommittee’s recommendation is then forwarded to the Graduate Committee for consideration, with final College approval given by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. Nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. Nurses may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and varied roles.
In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S territories, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination, known as the NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license. Nurses may be licensed in more than one State, either by examination or by the endorsement of a licensed issued by another State. Nursing programs range from associate degrees to graduate level programs; higher degrees typically involve a broader and more complex scope of patient care. UNM offers a variety of degree options at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.