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BSN-PhD Program


Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Degree

Offering a unique learning environment available only to students on an academic health science campus, the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s PhD in Nursing program is the state’s preeminent doctoral nursing program. Delivering individualized, flexible plans of study, including a new post-baccalaureate entry point, the PhD program requires limited on-campus time. Furthermore, PhD students enjoy academic-practice partnerships and the hospital-to-community clinical research opportunities afforded to them by an academic health science center.

For bachelor’s-prepared RNs, the BSN-PhD is a streamlined, affordable way to earn the field’s most coveted and competitive degree by bypassing the master’s degree. Tailored plans of study and customizable research trajectories enrich students’ learning experiences and allow you to form long-lasting relationships and networks with a cadre of faculty scholars.

Earn the field's terminal degree in less time

The post-BSN option prepares nurse researchers for advanced leadership roles while also providing a foundation in pedagogical skills. The program does not require the completion of an MSN degree, and the BSN-PhD option may shorten the time to the terminal degree and can be completed in four years of full-time study (three years of coursework, followed by dissertation research).