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Graduate Committee

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. 

BSN-to-PhD

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.

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 806BIOSTATISTICS3
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
Nursing Electives
NRSG 910HEALTH-RELATED INSTRUMENT CONSTRUCTION & EVALUATION3
NRSG 914MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC ILLNESSES3
NRSG 923RURAL HEALTH: PRACTICE, POLICY AND RESEARCH3
NRSG 916INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING SCIENCE1-6
NRSG 928TRANSLATIONAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY OUTCOMES RESEARCH3
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.