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Ph.D. in Nursing Curriculum

I. All Ph.D. students will take the following courses: 

Nursing Science Core: 15 credits 
  • PHIL 7100 Philosophy of Science (3 credits) 
  • NURS 8101 Emerging Nursing Theory (3 credits) 
  • NURS 8102 Building Nursing Knowledge: Evidence for Practice (3 credits)  
  • NURS 8104 Special Topics in Health Care (3 credits) 
  • NURS 8001 Biomedical Ethics (3 credits) 

II. All Ph.D. students will take the following research core courses: 

Research Course Sequence: 15 credits 
  • NURS 8701 Research Design and Methods of Inquiry in Nursing (3 credits)
  • CPSY 7005 Statistical Theory and Computer Application I (3 credits)
  • CPSY 7006 Statistical Theory and Computer Application II (3 credits)
  • NURS 8702 Qualitative Research Design (3 credits) 
  • ELMP 8890 Survey Research (3 credits)

III. All Ph.D. students will take the following core dissertation courses (NURS 9903 may be waived if a student's proposal is completed; however, an additional appropriate cognate is then required for substitution): 

Dissertation Sequence: at least 9 credits 
  • NURS 9900 Doctoral Colloquium (3 credits) 
  • NURS 9902 Dissertation Seminar I (3 credits) 
  • NURS 9903 Dissertation Seminar II (3 credits) 
  • NURS 9904-9918 Dissertation Advisement** (1 credit) 
  • Continuous Registration 1 per course 

**Students who have finished coursework but have not passed dissertation proposal review must register for one credit for Dissertation Advisement until successful completion, defense of the dissertation, and completion of any required revisions. 

IV. All Ph.D. students take a minimum of one additional 3-credit research course specific to their research method. This is referred to as a Research Cognate. 

  • NURS 8703 Qualitative Research Analysis (all qualitative dissertations) (3 credits) 
  • Advanced statistical or design method course as per advisor (all quantitative dissertations) (3 credits)

V. All Ph.D. students will take a minimum of six additional cognate credits. Some students may require additional courses to develop an area of expertise or research interest. 

Total Program Credits: A minimum of 48 credits, plus continuous dissertation advisement (which does not count toward the 48 required credits). The total number of credits required to graduate is determined by the academic needs of the student.