There are two programs of study that lead to the Ph.D. in Nursing: MS-Ph.D., BS-Ph.D.
M.S. - Ph.D.
Total Minimum Program Hours: 57 credit hours
Cognate 9 hours
Dissertion 12 hours
A minimum of 57 hours post-masters is required. The program can be completed in three to four years by full-time students and five or more years for part-time students. Specific program requirements are determined on an individual basis by the students supervisory committee.
Core Requirements 36 hours
NGR 7111 (3) Disciplinary Perspectives of Nursing Science
NGR 7125 (3) Model Development for Nursing
NGR 7810 (3) Design, Measurement and Analysis in Nursing Research I
NGR 7812 (3) Design, Measurement and Analysis in Nursing Research II
NGR 7813 (3) Design, Measurement and Analysis in Nursing Research III
NGR 7814 (3) Design, Measurement and Analysis in Nursing Research IV
NGR 7836 (2) Responsible Conduct of Research
NGR 7915 (3) Advanced Directed Research in Nursing
NGR 7920 (1) Scientific Inquiry Forum required each semester prior to candidacy (4 hours minimum)
NGR 7936 (3) Innovative Programs in Biobehavioral Research
NGR 7938 (3) Innovative Programs in Symptom Management Research
NGR 7954 (3) Communicating Nursing Science
Satisfactory completion of the Knowledge Building Core required courses prepares students to successfully complete the dissertation research.
Cognate - 9 Credits
Students select a cognate area to further support the students area of expertise in nursing and the research problem that will be addressed by the dissertation research. Examples of appropriate areas of study for the cognate might be organizational administration, health policy, physiology, cognitive psychology, organizational psychology, gerontology, epidemiology, biostatistics, administration, applied anthropology, educational measurement or a nursing specialty.
The qualifying examination is to be completed as soon as the majority of core and minor coursework is completed The purpose of the qualifying examination is to assess the students level of scholarship and research skills and to determine if the student possesses the critical and analytical skills necessary to undertake the dissertation research. The qualifying examination consists of a one-day written exam covering core and specialty content.
Dissertation -12 Credits
Students must complete and successfully defend a dissertation
Total Minimum Program Hours: 87 credit hours
Core 36 hours
Content Area 18 hours
Additional Coursework 12 hours
Cognate 9 hours
Dissertion 12 hours
A minimum of 30 hours beyond the M.S, - Ph.D. curriculum is required. The additional coursework must be approved by the students supervising committee. These 30 hours should provide students with the foundational knowledge to conduct their proposed research.
Students may select to complete the following masters degree tracks in nursing to meet this requirement. Students who select one of these options are required to complete all of the required courses of these tracks.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care/Oncology
Alternatively, students may opt for a tailored plan of study developed in collaboration with their supervising committee. A minimum of 18 hours must be in an identifiable area of emphasis. Examples include entrepreneurship, informatics, medical sciences, and public health.
NOTE: Students are to meet with curriculum advisor for individual program plan.