Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to these general requirements, the College of Nursing requires the following for admission to the Ph.D. program:

  1. A course in statistics.
  2. A course in research at the graduate level.
  3. A course in nursing theory at the graduate level.
  4. A master’s degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body (preferred).
  5. Two letters of recommendation.
  6. A letter discussing research interest area and professional goals.
  7. A current license to practice professional nursing in the U.S.A.
  8. A curriculum vita or resume.
  9. GRE or MAT scores.

In order to be considered for admission, please use the following application deadlines. These are the deadlines for all materials to be submitted including the application, all transcripts, reference letters, CV, and letter discussing research interest area and professional goals.

Semester for Admission Submit application no later than
FallFebruary 1 (Denton)
May 1 (Houston)
SpringSeptember 15 (Houston)

Admission to the Ph.D. program may be awarded on an unconditional or provisional basis.

  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on all prior graduate level course work, or
  2. A preferred score of 460/142 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal and 500/142 on the GRE Quantitative, and 4.0 on the GRE Analytic; or
  3. A preferred score of 50/400 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Applicants who do not meet the unconditional criteria, but who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on prior graduate level course work may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. Factors that will be considered in the admission decision are GPA on graduate level course work, GRE verbal and quantitative scores or MAT score, scholarly activities, professional leadership, and work history.

Readmission - Doctoral Programs

Doctoral students who interrupt their progression in the doctoral programs for more than two years must make a formal request to the College of Nursing for readmission to the program. The respective Doctoral Coordinator will evaluate the request. If the request is granted, the Academic Advisory Committee will, in consultation with the respective Doctoral Coordinator, stipulate any course work to be repeated. However, the ten-year time limitation for completion of the program shall remain in effect from the time the first doctoral credit is awarded. If during the student’s absence, the curriculum or admission standards have changed, the student will be expected to meet any new admission standards and fulfill the requirements of the current curriculum.

Students not in good standing at the time they cease coursework shall not be readmitted to the program. Students who have been dismissed from the program shall not be eligible for readmission. Students who have failed the preliminary examination (Ph.D. program) for the second time shall not be eligible for readmission.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Program of Study (60 semester credit hours)

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

60 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree, including 6 semester credit hours for dissertation.

Research Tools

To complete the first research tool requirement, students must take statistics. The student must complete six semester credit hours of graduate level statistics.

To complete the second research tool students must take 6 semester credit hours from one of the following areas: Information Retrieval, Global Citizenship, Population Health and Epidemiology, Informatics in Health Care, Professional Writing, or Instrumentation.

Semester credit hours for research tools do not count toward the total semester credit hours required for the degree.

Special Requirements

  1. Grade of B or better is required in all Ph.D. coursework. A student who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, F, or WF) in two Ph.D. courses at the graduate level or who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, F, or WF) twice in the same graduate level course will be removed from the nursing program. For the purpose of removal from the nursing program, a grade of less than B is counted as a grade of less than ‘B’ even if the course has been successfully repeated.
  2. Students admitted to the doctoral program provisionally, based on low GPA or GRE/MAT, must complete the first 12 semester credit hours of coursework with a grade of B or better in each course; at least 6 semester credit hours must be in nursing courses. A provisionally admitted student will be dismissed from the program if a grade of C or lower is made in any course during the probationary period.

Major

30 semester credit hours plus dissertation

Preliminary Examination

Written preliminary examination covering the content areas of NURS 6004, NURS 6023, and NURS 6053. May be repeated one time only.

Final Examination

Oral, over the completed dissertation.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Program of Study (60 semester credit hours)

Required Research Tools (do not count toward the 60 semester credit hours)
Tool 1: Select 6 semester credit hours of Graduate level Statistics
Tool 2: Select 6 semester credit hours from: Information Retrieval, Global Citizenship, Population Health and Epidemiology, Informatics in Health Care, Professional Writing, or Instrumentation.
Required Courses
30 semester credit hours of NURS courses30
NURS 6983Dissertation3
NURS 6993Dissertation3
Electives
18 semester credit hours of NURS18
Women's Health Electives3
Education Electives3
Total Semester Credit Hours60


Course Sequence (Houston)

Year One: Summer
NURS 6053Exploring Scholarship3
Research Tool or Women's Health Elective or Education Elective3
Year One: Fall
NURS 6124Role Differentiation: Practice to Research4
NURS 6613Introduction to Clinical Investigation in Nursing3
Statistics Research Tool I or other equivalent course, as needed
Year One: Spring
NURS 6004Theory and Foundations of Nursing Research4
NURS 6623Systematic Inquiry in Nursing3
Statistics Research Tool II or other equivalent course, as needed
Year 2: Summer
Preliminary Examination
Research Tool or a Women's Health or Education elective, as needed3-6
Year Two: Fall
NURS 6024Theory and Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research4
Women's Health or Education elective, as needed0-3
Year Two: Spring
NURS 6014Theory and Methods of Quantitative Nursing Research4
Women's Health or Education elective, as needed0-3
Year 3: Summer
IRB Application for the Pilot Study submission
Women's Health or Elective Education elective, as needed3
Year 3: Fall
NURS 6034Research/Theory Synthesis4
Women's Health or Education elective, as needed0-3
Year 3: Spring
NURS 6983Dissertation3
Year 4: Summer and Fall
NURS 6993Dissertation (3 semester credit hours each)6


Course Sequence (Denton - Online)

Year 1: Fall
NURS 6124Role Differentiation: Practice to Research4
NURS 6613Introduction to Clinical Investigation in Nursing3
Statistics Research Tool I or other equivalent course, as needed
Year 1: Spring
NURS 6623Systematic Inquiry in Nursing3
Second Research Tool I3
Statistics Research Tool II or other equivalent course, as needed
Year 1: Summer
NURS 6053Exploring Scholarship3
Second Research Tool II3
Year 2: Fall
NURS 6004Theory and Foundations of Nursing Research4
Preliminary Examination
Women's Health or Education elective, as needd3
Year 2: Spring
NURS 6014Theory and Methods of Quantitative Nursing Research4
Women's Health or Education elective, as needed2
Year 2: Summer
NURS 6024Theory and Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research4
IRB Application for the Pilot Study
Year 3: Fall
NURS 6034Research/Theory Synthesis4
Women's Health or Education elective, as needed0-3
Year 3: Spring
NURS 6911Independent Study (Candidacy)1
Year 3: Summer
NURS 6983Dissertation3
Year 4: Fall
NURS 6993Dissertation (continue to enroll as needed)3

Doctor of Nurse Practitioner to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Bridge Program of Study (35 semester credit hours)

Required Courses
NURS 6124Role Differentiation: Practice to Research4
NURS 6004Theory and Foundations of Nursing Research4
NURS 6014Theory and Methods of Quantitative Nursing Research4
NURS 6024Theory and Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research4
NURS 6034Research/Theory Synthesis4
NURS 6053Exploring Scholarship3
Elective in Women's Health 3
Elective in Education3
Research Tools (12 semester credit hours, not included in total program semester credit hours)
NURS 6983Dissertation3
NURS 6993Dissertation3
Total Semester Credit Hours35