Programs

PhD in Nursing Science

Curriculum

90 credit hours

The PhD curriculum consists of 90 credit hours. Up to thirty of these credit hours can be satisfied through MSN course work.  MSN students can transfer in credits in the general areas of roles/professional development, nursing theory, research methods, nursing major focus, nursing or non-nursing course minor. The following courses are required for the MSN-PhD plan of study:

  • Professional development core (6 cr)
  • Nursing theory core (6 cr)
  • Nursing science research major (15 cr)
  • Nursing science concentration (8 cr)
  • Minor, external or internal (9–12 cr)
  • Dissertation (16 cr)
  • MSN transfer credits (30 cr)

NOTE: Courses transferred into the MSN–PhD plan of study are determined by the student's advisory committee.

The PhD Program is a hybrid, distance-accessible program using videoconferencing technology to synchronously place you in the classroom with your classmates.  You can also choose in-person classes (if available) if you prefer to learn in a face-to-face setting.  We attempt to schedule the required PhD courses across one day each week so that students know in advance which day to plan to be available for class.  PhD students will attend two required on-campus, 4-day Intensives during the first two years of the PhD program. These Intensives are typically held in early June of the first two years of the PhD Program and give you the opportunity to interact with other students and with faculty, attend professional development sessions, meet with faculty mentors, and network during a variety of informal receptions.   

TermCredit Hours
Professional Development Core
D701Nursing Inquiry and Scholarship: Introduction to Doctoral Study
3
D602Responsible Conduct of Research (or equivalent)
1
T800Preparing Future Faculty
2
Total Credit Hours6
Nursing Theory Core
D607Theoretical Perspectives of Nursing Science
3
D608Middle-Range Theory
3
Total Credit Hours6
Nursing Science Research Major
R603Foundations of Quantitative Research
3
PBHL B-562Biostatistics for Public Health II
3
R610Foundations of Qualitative Research
3
Total Credit Hours15
Cafeteria Options: Select TWO methods courses
R601Instrumentation and Measurement
3
R604Experimental & Quasi-experimental Designs and Methods
3
R605Advanced Quantitative Designs and Interventions
3
PBHL B-583Applied Multivariate Analysis
3
R611Advanced Qualitative Inquiry and Research Methods
3
R612Interpretive Data Analysis
3
R613Grounded Theory
3
Total Credit Hours6
Nursing Science Concentration
D609State of the Science Seminar
2
D751Advanced Topics in Nursing Science (various topics offered)
3
D752Directed Research Practicum
3
Total Credit Hours8
Internal or External Minor
Cognate or supporting course work from inside or outside nursing. May include a minor in an alternate focus area, other approved minors, or individualized plans.
Total Credit Hours9-12
Dissertation
R899Dissertation in Nursing
16
Total Credit Hours16
Total Credit Hours90

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