The Ph.D. program at South Carolina prepares you for a nursing research career in
academic, clinical or health system settings. Generous tuition support and executive-style
weekend course delivery create flexibility for you to earn your doctoral degree.
South Carolina Ph.D. graduates are productive nurse scientists, scholars and educators
who are involved with transforming the health of patients, families and communities
across the globe.
The Ph.D. core curriculum includes courses in nursing research roles, theories and
methods. Beyond the core curriculum, you will develop an individual course of study,
including mentored research experiences and elective courses that lead to the preparation
and defense of your dissertation.
Entry tracks are available for BSN, MSN, DNP or master’s-prepared students from another
field. Most students receive substantial financial support to cover the majority of cost of tuition and fees during at least their first two
years in the Ph.D. program.
Full and part-time program options as well as executive-style delivery, integrating
face-to-face campus sessions with interactive learning activities, offer you a flexible,
yet rigorous, Ph.D. education.
South Carolina’s Ph.D. program is designed to be financially and logistically accessible
for you. Most students receive substantial financial support to cover the majority
of their tuition and fees for the first two years of the program, and the executive-style
weekend program format offers you flexibility to work while you advance your studies.
South Carolina’s small class sizes create opportunities for you to form deep relationships
with faculty mentors and program peers, accelerating your growth as a nursing researcher.
Working closely with advisers and faculty who are actively engaged in funded research,
you’ll develop an individualized program of study that allows you to pursue your passion,
generate your own grant-funded projects and make an impact in healthcare.
By pursuing your Ph.D. at South Carolina, a comprehensive R1 institution, you’ll have
access to collaborate with the College of Nursing’s clinical and research faculty
as well experts across campus, including faculty at the College of Engineering, Arnold
School of Public Health and more.
In addition, you may also earn a Certificate of Graduate Study during your Ph.D. studies,
further advancing your career and marketability.
Successful completion of a BSN degree
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from all previous institutions attended
A personal goal statement that indicates how the program will advance your professional
goals. Include the area of nursing science that you are interested in pursuing and
faculty at the UofSC College of Nursing who may be appropriate mentors for your area
Three letters of reference from doctorally prepared registered nurse or physician
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Current unencumbered RN or APRN licensure in the state of residence
You will receive full funding of tuition for at least the first two years of the program.
The College of Nursing also offers scholarships, assistantships and other financial aid options for Ph.D. students.
Your Ph.D. program costs depend on several factors. Estimate your costs by visiting
the university Bursar’s Office website.
Complete required coursework within 10 years
Complete a minimum of one research internship with a faculty member
Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all required courses and earn a B or higher
in each course
Successfully defend written and oral defense of doctoral dissertation
Jingxi Sheng's long-term research focuses are healthy behaviors and health outcomes
among Asian Americans. She is particularly interested in understanding and investigating
physical activity determinants with her faculty mentors, Dr. Sue Heiney and Dr. Demerius
Abshire. “I chose UofSC Nursing because it has an excellent reputation and is number
one in South Carolina for faculty research productivity. There are several renowned
nurse scientists researching my fields of interest.”
Ubong James collaborates with his faculty mentor, Dr. Michael Wirth, as well as Dr.
James Hebert and Dr. Christine Blake, both from the UofSC Arnold School of Public
Health. His research intends to provide an understanding of potential associations
between food-related consumer behaviors and dietary inflammation. James enjoys the
numerous interdisciplinary research opportunities in and around UofSC and the college’s
Ph.D. mentorship program.
Over the past two years, PhD Student Kayla Everhart has been working with her PhD
mentor, Dr. Robin Dail on Dail’s five year $2.7M National Institutes of Health funded
study as a research coordinator. The study includes five NICU sites, enrolling 440
infants, to examine body temperature and heart rate over the first 30 days of life
as a predictor of infection.