The D.N.P. to Ph.D. Bridge program is for the nurse who has completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice and desires to attain the skills and competencies required to integrate nursing knowledge with that of other health care disciplines in order to create, conduct, and evaluate nursing research studies related to health problems. The D.N.P. to Ph.D. Bridge Program is designed to integrate the practice doctorate curriculum with that of the research doctorate. D.N.P. to Ph.D. Bridge Program graduates engage in activities focused on advanced nursing knowledge, investigative expertise, and the management skills needed to provide leadership in hospital, clinical, or classroom settings.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
Understand the principles of statistical inference.
Engage in research.
Engage in the dissemination of evidence and research findings.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
The total number of semester credit hours for degree completion is 42, which includes 12 semester credit hours of Research Tools.
|Elective (related to student's area of research)||3|
|NURS 6023||Philosophy of Nursing Science||3|
|NURS 6053||Exploring Scholarship||3|
|NURS 6503||Exploring Scientific Literature||3|
|NURS 6513||Measurement and Instrumentation in Nursing Research||3|
|NURS 6523||Qualitative Nursing Research||3|
|NURS 6533||Theory for Nursing Research and Practice||3|
|NURS 6543||Quantitative Nursing Research||3|
|NURS 6573||Nursing Research Proposal Development||3|
|NURS 6583||Nursing Research Feasibility Practicum||3|
|NURS 6613||Introduction to Clinical Investigation in Nursing||3|
|NURS 6623||Systematic Inquiry in Nursing||3|
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. The second Research Tool requires completion of the 3 semester credit hour Exploring Scientific Literature course and the 3 semester credit hour Measurement & Instrumentation course.
One three semester credit elective course is required to supplement student learning in areas of research topic, methods, or professional issues. The elective courses may be taken in departments other than the College of Nursing.
A minimum of 6 semester credit hours of dissertation are required to complete the program. The first 3 credit course focuses on the 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.
Policy for Assigning Ph.D. Dissertation Course Grades
To receive semester credit hours for Ph.D. dissertation courses, the student registers sequentially in NURS 6983 and NURS 6993 upon which load, tuition, and fees are determined. Students are required to enroll in a minimum of six dissertation credit hours to earn the degree of Ph.D. in Nursing Science for which the grade of CR (credit) appears on the transcript. The grade of CR is not used in the calculation of the grade point average (GPA).
During semesters in which the student is engaged in dissertation research but does not complete the requirements for the course (NURS 6983 - research proposal officially filed in the Graduate School; NURS 6993 - successfully defended dissertation filed in the appropriate format in the Graduate School), a non-credit course grade is assigned.
Non-credit options for dissertation include
- PR (in progress) - No semester credit hours nor effect on GPA. Consistent or adequate progress made toward dissertation course objective in the current semester
- LP (lack of adequate progress) - No semester credit ours nor effect on GPA. Minimal progress made toward the dissertation course objective in the current semester. Examples include but are not limited to the following: failure to meet predetermined goals or timeline, submission of products that lack substance or completeness, inability to critically and/or correctly analyze and synthesize literature or data.
- NP (no progress) - No semester credit hours nor effect on GPA. No progress made toward the dissertation course objective in the current semester. Examples include but are not limited to the following: extreme lack of communication between the student and the dissertation chair, no evidence of data collection or other components of the research process, failure to submit written materials as requested by the dissertation chair.
Any Ph.D. student in the College of Nursing receiving two consecutive semester grades of LP (lack of adequate progress) and/or NP (no progress) or three cumulative semester grades of LP/NP across the dissertation courses (both NURS 6983 and NURS 6993) will be dismissed from the program.
Any student receiving the grade of NP or LP will be required to meet with a College of Nursing advisory committee to establish a progression plan.
Only enrolled graduate students may consult with faculty, access library resources or use technology, writing, statistical, or other services. This rule applies to students in both the online and hybrid Ph.D. Nursing Science programs.
Grade of B or higher is required in all Ph.D. coursework. A student who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, or F) in two Ph.D. courses at the graduate level or who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, or F) 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.
21 semester credit hours plus dissertation
The Scholarly Portfolio documents the student's accomplishments in meeting the program objectives of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science program. Components of the portfolio will demonstrate academic and professional growth and development in an organized, coherent format in order to facilitate evaluation by the student's academic advisory committee.
Oral, over the completed dissertation.