Dr. Carol Pullen (Chair & Program Director), Dr. Kathleen Hanna, Dr. Robin Lally, Dr. Diane Brage Hudson, 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.
This program was created expressly for academically strong BSN graduates who want to be educators and researchers. Students must be full-time and 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 choose a clinical specialty and also choose minimal or full clinical hours. Students who take “full clinical” hours will be eligible to take a specialty certification exam near the end of their program.
In the first two years students complete PhD courses. The actual number of total credits depends on the clinical specialty and their career goals. A clinical adviser will help student complete a plan of study for clinical courses they will take and when they will take them.
Students are encouraged to take education courses and the teaching practicum and/or work as a graduate teaching assistant for at least one semester.
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 909||HEALTH CARE POLICY||3|
|NRSG 917||STATE OF THE SCIENCE (This course must be taken twice; total of 6 cr)||6|
|NRSG 930||SOCIALIZATION TO THE SCHOLARLY ROLE||3|
|NRSG 931||TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP||3|
|NRSG 932||PHILOSOPHY OF NURSING SCIENCE||3|
|NRSG 933||THEORY DEVELOPMENT IN HEALTH SCIENCES||3|
|NRSG 934||QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS||3|
|NRSG 935||QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS||3|
|NRSG 936||RESEARCH PRACTICUM||3|
|NRSG 937||PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT IN HEALTH SCIENCES||3|
|Statistics Courses (6 credits)|
|BIOS 808||BIOSTATISTICS II||3|
|Cognates (9 credits)||9|
Students will work with their Supervisory Committee to determine the appropriate cognate courses
|Other Required Courses|
|NRSG 998||DOCTORAL SEMINAR (each semester - minimum of 2 credit hours)||1|
|NRSG 999||DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (minimum of 12 credit hours)||1-10|
|NRSG 910||HEALTH-RELATED INSTRUMENT CONSTRUCTION & EVALUATION||3|
|NRSG 914||MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC ILLNESSES||3|
|NRSG 923||RURAL HEALTH: PRACTICE, POLICY AND RESEARCH||3|
|NRSG 916||INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING SCIENCE||1-6|
|NRSG 928||TRANSLATIONAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY OUTCOMES RESEARCH||3|
|Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training - built into curriculum|
|NOTE: The Supervisory Committee Chair initiates planning for the comprehensive examination near the end of the student's course work. Contact the PhD Program Director for more information.|