Online convenience, personal attention
Big ideas, small class sizes
PhD Limited travel, so you can learn where you live.
Dedicated faculty, cutting-edge research
Big university resources, small community feel
Dream big, advance your career
UCF is the best value university at $369 per credit hour for in-state tuition.

Why the Online PhD Program?

Online Convenience with Personal Attention

The PhD program is now available online! This 60-credit hour program is mediated with synchronous and asynchronous communication, and two annual intensives on the UCF campus. You will be assigned a faculty mentor with similar research interests to guide you through the program, individualized attention in your courses, and have direct access to our Director of Research and Scholarship, and Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs.

Big Ideas, Small Class Sizes

Our online PhD program offers small class sizes with no more than 20 students. This allows you to form and maintain personal interactions with other students as well as with the professors.

Limited Travel, Learn Where You Live

Worried about traveling to campus? Don’t fret. Your research practicum can be coordinated to take place where you live. You are only required to make a trip to the UCF campus twice per year – and who wouldn’t want to visit us in Orlando, Florida anyway?

Dedicated Faculty Engaged in Cutting-Edge Research

Fourteen faculty scholars are actively engaged in diverse areas of nursing research such as Simulation and Technology, Acute Care and Physiology, Gerontology, Health Promotion and Community, and Health Services. Their research studies are supported by grant funding in excess of $3.5 million. 

Big University Resources, Small Community Feel

As a PhD student at the second-largest university in the nation, you’ll have access to a wealth of resources to help you meet your goals. These include state-of-the-art facilities and academic support such as a dedicated nursing librarian, access to biostatistics resources, as well as training on how to utilize national databases to support you in your own research. UCF has many cutting-edge resources that you would expect from a large research center, yet you’ll still benefit from the one-on-one attention and close interactions from our supportive faculty and staff.

Dream Big, Advance Your Career

There is a national shortage of nurse faculty. Nurses with a PhD are in high demand at universities across the nation. When you obtain a PhD in nursing, you are helping to improve the field of nursing by expanding the body of evidence that brings about change and process improvements. We need your help in teaching the next generation of nurses.

Our PhD graduates currently serve in high-ranking positions across the nation and abroad in the areas of:

  • Academia
  • Hospital and Health Care
  • Military
  • Management Consulting and Coaching

“Best Value” University

UCF has been named one of the nation’s “best value” universities by The Princeton Review, Kiplinger and Forbes. In applying to our online PhD program you are ensured to receive a high-quality education grounded in evidence-based practice at an affordable price

  • In-state graduate tuition: $369* per credit hour
  • Out-of-state graduate tuition: $1194* per credit hour

* subject to change

Program Coordinator

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Donna F. Neff, PhD, RN, FNAP
donna.neff@ucf.edu
p: 407-823-5489
f: 407-823-5675

Meet Martin Schiavenato, a 2007 alumnus of UCF's Nursing PhD programMartin Schiavenato: Using an orb to manage pain in babies
“I’ll never forget that baby. She lived a short life in excruciating pain. It was that encounter that inspired my research and decade-long quest to create a solution to manage pain in newborns.” Meet Martin Schiavenato, PhD alumnus and champion of babies who can’t verbalize their suffering.
 

Meet Martin Schiavenato, a 2007 alumnus of UCF's Nursing PhD program

Knight in Nursing: Martin Schiavenato

Champion of premature babies who can’t verbalize their suffering

“I’ll never forget that baby. As a NICU nurse, I was accustomed to caring for preemies. She was different – full-term and appeared so beautifully healthy. Unfortunately, she suffered from a genetic disorder that rendered her skin useless and every measure of comfort hurt her. She lived a short life in excruciating pain. It was that encounter that inspired my research and decade-long quest to create a solution to assess and manage pain in newborns.

It is not easy to remain focused and single minded for more than 10 years, but there is a significant motivating force to keep me going. Prematurity is not going away, and in fact now rising in the U.S. What I’m doing needs to be done.

After initially developing an orb-type device, inspired from a polygraph to measure nervous system responses, we went back to the proverbial ‘drawing board’ to design a new way to capture facial grimacing. Our solution is a new mouth sensor that we expect to complete by August 2017, and have received funding for the first ‘human demonstration’ project or device trial in the NICU immediately after.

To help bring this and other innovations to the bedside, where they’re needed, I’m launching a startup this May to house and commercialize three of our technological developments. As a nurse scientist with a passion for technology to evolve, UCF provided an opportunity for me to learn to collaborate with computer scientists and engineers. This is something that has remained a foundation to my current research and career.”


Martin Schiavenato, ’07PhD, RN
Alumnus of the UCF’s first Nursing PhD cohort,
Associate Professor, Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing,
Affiliate Professor, WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
Founder of the future startup, “Little Foot Innovation

Martin Schiavenato: Using an orb to manage pain in babies
Meet Martin Schiavenato, a 2007 alumnus of UCF's Nursing PhD program“I’ll never forget that baby. She lived a short life in excruciating pain. It was that encounter that inspired my research and decade-long quest to create a solution to manage pain in newborns.” Meet Martin Schiavenato, PhD alumnus and champion of babies who can’t verbalize their suffering.
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UCF is listed among the best nursing schools for earning a MSN and DNP, and is also listed as a best online graduate nursing program, according to U.S. News & World Report.