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PhD in Nursing

The Ph.D. program in nursing requires a minimum of 48 hours of course work beyond the master's level. Students must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. within seven (7) years after successfully passing the doctoral qualifying examination.

Family and family-related research is the area of emphasis for the degree. Core requirements are the same for all students regardless of their research interests. Students are able to pursue their individual interests by taking elective and cognate courses. The program is designed to be flexible enough to be adjusted to the appropriate needs of the students.

To complete the program, students are required to satisfactorily complete core courses, an approved area of related study, and demonstrate research competence through the completion of the dissertation. The student’s competence and scientific knowledge is tested through three doctoral examinations: a qualifying examination, a comprehensive examination, and an oral defense of the dissertation.

Nurse Educator Cognate/Track

Curriculum for PhD in Nursing

Year 1

Fall Semester I

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

670

Statistics for Health Professionals

3

NURO

710

Family Nursing: Historical and Cultural Perspectives

3

NURO

711

Family Nursing: Philosophical, Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives

3

Subtotal Credit

9

Spring Semester I

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

712

Family Nursing: Theory & Concept Analysis Qualifying Examination

3

NURO

703

Qualifying Examination

0

NURO

713

Family Nursing Issues:  Planning and Policy Leadership

3

NURO

714

Quantitative Methods I

3

Subtotal Credit

9

Year II

Fall Semester II

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

715

Quantitative Methods II

3

NURO

716

Nursing Research: Interpretive Methods

3

NURO

717

Nursing Research: Instrument Development

3

Subtotal Credit

9

Spring Semester II

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

718

Analysis and Evaluation of Theory Generating & Theory Testing Research

3

Cognate

3

Cognate

3

Subtotal Credit

9

Year III

Fall Semester III

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

800

Dissertation Seminar I

3

Cognate

3

Subtotal Credit

6

Spring Semester III

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

801

Dissertation Seminar II

3

Cognate

3

NURO

802

PhD Comprehensive Examination

0

Subtotal Credit

6

Year IV

Fall Semester IV

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

NURO

803

Dissertation Research

6

(Must be repeated until dissertation is completed)

Subtotal Credit

6

TOTAL CREDITS

54 - 60