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Graduate Committee

Dr. Carol Pullen (Chair & Program Director), Dr. Kathleen Hanna, Dr. Robin Lally, Dr. Mary Cramer, Dr. Tiffany Moore, and Dr. Bunny Pozehl

The PhD program in Nursing prepares nurse scientists in promoting and managing health of at-risk populations or those with chronic conditions, health systems, and quality, or nursing education. 

BSN to PhD

Created expressly for academically strong BSN graduates who want to be educators and researchers. Full-time students can complete their PhD degree in 4.5 to 5 years without all the clinical requirements of the MSN program.  All features and benefits of the traditional PhD program apply, including faculty advisor support and mentoring.

Students first complete 12-15 hours of courses to obtain a MSN-level specialty (required by many state boards of nursing for faculty roles).  Actual number of credits depends on the clinical specialty and your career goals.

First year study consists of specialty and statistics courses.  Core PhD courses begin in the second year of full-time study.

Students are encouraged to take education courses and the teaching practicum and/or work as a graduate teaching assistant for at least one semester.  Students can plan to take “full clinical” hours and be eligible to take a specialty certification exam near the end of their program.

Additional Information Resources

Additional information is available at the College of Nursing website -- http://www.unmc.edu/nursing/programs/doctor-of-philosophy-phd/index.html

Coursework

A minimum of 62 credit hours is required for the PhD in Nursing. Graduate-level cognates (courses from other disciplines and/or nursing in areas of concentration) are required to support a student's area of research interest. Responsible Conduct of Research is integrated into existing core courses.  In addition, students are required to participate in departmental research seminars. Although the Program of Study will vary based on previous education and specialty, the required coursework is detailed below:

Nursing Core Courses (33 credits)
NRSG 909HEALTH CARE POLICY3
NRSG 917STATE OF THE SCIENCE (This course must be taken twice; total of 6 cr)6
NRSG 930SOCIALIZATION TO THE SCHOLARLY ROLE3
NRSG 931TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP3
NRSG 932PHILOSOPHY OF NURSING SCIENCE3
NRSG 933THEORY DEVELOPMENT IN HEALTH SCIENCES3
NRSG 934QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS3
NRSG 935QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS3
NRSG 936RESEARCH PRACTICUM3
NRSG 937PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT IN HEALTH SCIENCES3
Statistics Courses (6 credits)
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS I3
BIOS 808BIOSTATISTICS II3
Cognates (9 credits)9
Students will work with their Supervisory Committee to determine the appropriate cognate courses
Other Required Courses
NRSG 998DOCTORAL SEMINAR (each semester - minimum of 2 credit hours)1
NRSG 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (minimum of 12 credit hours)1-10
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training - built into curriculum