UNMC Advantages

A world-class
health science center

UNMC is an international destination for top educators, researchers, clinicians and students — as well as patients seeking advanced care. UNMC is widely known for its programs in transplantation, cancer research, genetics and bioterrorism preparedness.

Exceptional preparation
for nurse leaders

Our PhD program fosters nurse scientists in the advancement, testing and dissemination of nursing knowledge – for leadership roles in research, education, practice, health policy and administration.  

Top-ranked in nursing academics and
research funding

The UNMC College of Nursing is ranked among the top graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report and consistently appears in the first tier of research funding by the National Institutes of Health.  

Vast educational benefits
for students

As Nebraska’s largest nursing program within a world-class health science center, UNMC offers huge opportunity for PhD students:

  • Small classes, individual attention and ongoing mentoring
  • Innovative, flexible curriculum centered on your professional goals and research interests.
  • Close learning/working relationships with distinguished senior faculty with a top-tier record of publication and grants.
  • Hands-on experience with grant application, management and reporting
  • Substantial support resources and services through the College’s Niedfelt Nursing Research Center.
  • Active support in helping you find and secure ways to fund your course of study.

Diverse international enrollment

We attract students from across the U.S. and globe. Many live outside Nebraska and complete coursework through web-based distance learning. Men and women from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. International students are welcome.

An international destination for top talent
  Durham Research Center  
UNMC is widely known for its innovative transplant center and research programs. Above is the twin-tower Durham Research Center.   Read more 

"The future of nursing science is extremely bright. Nurse scientists collaborate with other scientists and with clinicians to produce new knowledge that is the foundation for the best nursing and health care in the years to come."
Dean Juliann G. Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN