DNP-PHD Bridge

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

 The total number of semester credit hours for degree completion is 47, which includes 12 semester credit hours of Research Tools.

Research Tools (12 Credit Hours)
Research Tool # 1 Statistics
NURS 6613Introduction to Clinical Investigation in Nursing3
NURS 6623Systematic Inquiry in Nursing3
ResearchTools #2 Literature Review & Measurement and Instrumentation in Nursing Research
NURS 6903Special Topics3
NURS 6903Special Topics3
Required Courses (23 Credit Hours)
NURS 6004Theory and Foundations of Nursing Research4
NURS 6124Role Differentiation: Practice to Research4
NURS 6024Theory and Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research4
NURS 6014Theory and Methods of Quantitative Nursing Research4
NURS 6034Research/Theory Synthesis4
NURS 6053Exploring Scholarship3
Electives (6 Credit Hours related to student's area of research)6
Dissertation (a minimum of 6 credit hours of dissertation is required; student will register for dissertation until completed)
NURS 6983Dissertation3
NURS 6993Dissertation3
Total SCHs47

Research Tools

Required by the Graduate School, Research Tools are courses designed to enhance the student's knowledge, skills, abilities, and access to instruments that facilitate the research process. Required research and tools include: One Research Tool required of all PhD Nursing Science students is the completion of six semester credit hours of graduate level statistics. Second Research Tool requires completion of 6 semester credit hours; Literature Review course and Measurement course.

Elective Courses

Elective courses require six semester credit hours to supplement student learning in areas of research topic, methods, or professional issues. Elective courses may be taken in departments other than the College of Nursing.

Dissertation Courses

A minimum of 6 semester credit hours of dissertation are required to complete the program. The first 3 credit course focuses on development and oral defense of the research proposal.  The student enrolls in a second 3 credit course to conduct the dissertation study, analyze results, and present findings.  Both courses may be repeated, but only three hours of credit count toward the degree for each of the courses.  

Special Requirements

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.


30 semester credit hours plus dissertation

Preliminary Examination

A written preliminary examination requires the student to synthesize and articulate scholarly discourse related to content presented in NURS 6004, NURS 6023, and NURS 6053. Successful completion of the exam qualifies the student to move forward in the research sequence courses and complete the doctoral program. The exam may be repeated one time only. 

Final Examination

Oral, over the completed dissertation.