Doctoral Programs


The UAB School of Nursing offers two doctoral degrees, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD).

The DNP and PhD lead to different career paths, both of which make highly important contributions to nursing and health care.


Doctor of Nursing Practice


A practice–focused terminal degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares graduates to lead the translation of scientific evidence into best practices for improving population health and health systems outcomes. The DNP program Includes pathways for both the BSN and MSN prepared nurse.


Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing


A research-focused terminal degree, the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) program prepares nurse scientists to generate new knowledge that can be translated for improvements in clinical practice. The PhD program includes pathways for both the BSN and MSN prepared nurse.


Choosing a Doctoral Program

A key to success in doctoral education is choosing the program that is right for you, that matches your interests and passion, and which aligns with your long term career goals.

Watch the video to learn about the differences in the DNP and PhD programs:




DNP Program

DNP Program

PhD Program

PhD Program