Schools with PhD Programs in California

  1. A PhD program is available through Azusa Pacific University and is accredited by BRN, WASC and CCNE. Concentrations include International Health as well as Health of the Family and Community. The program consists of 60 four semester credits and will take four years to complete. Some of these credits are transferable. Do not hesitate to contact the school personally to inquire about their deadline dates.

  2. The PhD program available at Loma Linda University is accredited by WASC and develops advanced nurses for roles in education, administration and research. It can either be studied full-time on campus or as a summer program. Part-time and full-time options are available. Students finish the program in between four and seven years. While some credit hours are transferable, a total of ninety semester credits must be completed. To find out about their latest deadline dates, please contact the school.

  3. The School of Nursing at the University of California in Los Angeles has a PhD program available that prepares students for advanced roles in healthcare systems, healthcare policies and research. Successful applicants are allocated a faculty advisor that helps plan a course of study. It will take either four or five years to complete this program in its entirety. Please inquire about the deadlines dates by contacting the school.

  4. The University of California in San Francisco has a PhD program available through their School of Nursing. The focus is on research in family healthcare, community health systems, physiological nursing and social and behavioral sciences. Approximately four years of academic study is required to complete the program. Ensure all applications are delivered prior to December 15th in order to be eligible for the screening process.

  5. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing offers an extensive PhD program at the University of California – Davis Health System. Students focus on societal health issues and develop systems that will improve them. This is a full-time program. The program is four years in length and must be completed in the given timeframe. Contact the school personally to inquire about their deadline dates.

  6. The University of San Diego has a PhD program available through their Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. Concentrations include executive leadership, clinical nursing research, and the transfer of knowledge for the discipline of nursing. Full-time students take a minimum of six program credits each semester. They will finish in three years, but part-time students will take four years to complete their degree. February 1st is the final deadline on a yearly basis. Submit completed applications well in advance of this date.

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To be eligible for acceptance into these programs, you must provide evidence of academic study with repeatedly high grades. Although it is essential to have completed your baccalaureate and graduate degrees before continuing at the doctoral level, there are bridge programs for those that have not yet achieved this. These programs are competitive because of the limit on space. Only the most suitable candidates are selected for each cohort and the application process is strict. It is necessary to have proof of certain prerequisites and this is what you will need in order to apply to a PhD program in California:

  • An accredited university or college must have been responsible for your completed Master’s degree.
  • Your overall GPA must be at least 3.50 on a scale of 4.0. Some schools may allow this to be 3.0.
  • An updated Curriculum Vita must be submitted listing your academic and professional experiences.
  • You must be licensed to practice freely as a registered nurse in California.
  • You will need to obtain official transcripts from all schools ever attended and they must prove your completion of the BSN and MSN degrees.
  • A graduate statistics course must have been completed in the last five years.
  • A course in healthcare assessment at the graduate level must have been undertaken.
  • At the graduate level, you must have completed a course in nursing theory.
  • Include a statement of your PhD objectives in a written essay. Discuss your career goals and desires for pursuing this level of education.
  • You will need to provide three letters of recommendation from individuals with relevant authority.
  • You may need to submit evidence of scholarly papers or creative written work.
  • Ensure availability for an interview with faculty members at the school.