Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
The total number of semester credit hours for degree completion is 60 beyond the master's, which includes 12 semester credit hours of Research Tools.
|Research Tools (12 Credit Hours)|
|Research Tool #1 Statistics|
|NURS 6613||Introduction to Clinical Investigation in Nursing||3|
|NURS 6623||Systematic Inquiry in Nursing||3|
|Research Tool #2 Literature Review & Measurement and Instrumentation in Nursing Research|
|NURS 6903||Special Topics||3|
|NURS 6903||Special Topics||3|
|Required Courses (30 credit hours)|
|NURS 6023||Philosophy of Nursing Science||3|
|NURS 6002||Multicultural Nursing||2|
|NURS 6053||Exploring Scholarship||3|
|NURS 6033||Ethical Dimensions of Nursing||3|
|NURS 6043||Policy, Power, and Politics||3|
|NURS 6004||Theory and Foundations of Nursing Research||4|
|NURS 6014||Theory and Methods of Quantitative Nursing Research||4|
|NURS 6024||Theory and Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research||4|
|NURS 6034||Research/Theory Synthesis||4|
|Electives (12 credit hours related to student's area of research)||12|
|Dissertation (a minimum of 6 credit hours of dissertation is required; student will register for dissertation until completed)|
|NURS 6983 Dissertation (proposal development and defense)||3|
|NURS 6993 Dissertation (Research and Final Defense)||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 6 semester credit hours of a Literature Review course and Measurement course.
30 semester credit hours plus a minimum of 6 semester credit hours of dissertation.
Elective courses require twelve 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.
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.
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
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.
An oral exam over the completed dissertation.