PhD in Nursing Curriculum

Required Courses

The PhD in Nursing consists of at least 40 semester credit hours of coursework beyond a MSN degree or 55 semester credit hours beyond a BSN degree plus dissertation credit hours.

PhD Coursework Required for Both MSN/PhD and BSN/PhD Tracks

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
NURS 700Theoretical Basis of Nursing3
NURS 702Philosophy of Science3
NURS 710Research Methods I:  Qualitative Research Methods3
NURS 711Research Methods II: Quantitative Design3
NURS 712Research Methods III:  Nursing Measurement3
NURS 714Research Methods IV:  Analysis of Existing Data3
NURS 725Leadership and Health Policy for the Nurse Scientist3
NURS 735PhD Seminar I1
NURS 736PhD Seminar II1
NURS 737PhD Seminar III1
NURS 738PhD Seminar IV1
XXXThree Cognates from a different discipline9
XXXTwo graduate level statistics courses6

Total Credit Hours = 40

Additional Coursework Required for BSN/PhD Track

Course NumbersAll BSN students must complete the following 15 semester hours of master's level coursesCredit Hours
NURS 605Theoretical Application for Practice3
NURS 607Foundational Concepts of EBP3
NURS 608 OR NURS 741Healthcare Systems and Economics or

 

Advanced Pathophysiology

3 or

4

NURS 652Advanced Statistical Application3
NURS 657Health Promotion & Disease Prevention3

Total Credit Hours = 55

MSN Applicants

Applicants accepted into the MSN-PhD program are strongly advised to have completed a three-credit masters-level statistics course (applied descriptive and inferential statistics) with a grade of B (3.0) or higher within five years before the date of enrollment. Applicants who wish to take a refresher course will be advised of available statistics courses to take in the summer prior to beginning fall PhD coursework in statistics.

PhD Coursework Required for DNP/PhD

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

NURS 700

Theoretical Basis of Nursing

3

NURS 702

Philosophy of Science

3

NURS 710

Research Methods I: Qualitative Research Methods

3

NURS 711

Research Methods II: Quantitative Design

3

NURS 712

Research Methods III: Nursing Measurement

3

NURS 714

Research Methods IV: Analysis of Existing Data

3

NURS 735

PhD Seminar I

1

NURS 736

PhD Seminar II

1

NURS 737

PhD Seminar III

1

NURS 738

PhD Seminar IV

1

XXX

One Cognate from a different discipline

3

XXX

Two graduate-level statistics courses

6

NURS 793State of the Science Review (Optional)

1-3 Variable

Total Credit Hours

32

PLUS DISSERTATION HOURS


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