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Graduate Committee

Dr. Christin Eisenhauer, (Chair & Program Director), Dr. Alyson Hanish, Dr. Mariya Kovaleva, and Dr. Sue Barnason.  

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. There are two tracks 1) MSN to PhD and 2) BSN to PhD.  

The BSN to PhD track 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.

All 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.

PhD Curriculum

PhD 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
NOTE: All PhD nursing core courses, statistics courses, and cognates need to be completed prior to taking comprehensive exam
Other Required Courses
NRSG 998DOCTORAL SEMINAR (This course must be taken twice; total of 2 cr)2
NRSG 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (NRSG 999 is variable credits per course - minimum of 12 credit hours required)12
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: Students entering the PhD program without an MSN must complete additional credit hours of coursework: EPI 820; NRSG 854; NRSG 809; NRSG 901; NRSG 892; and NRSG 893. If the student does not have any clinical experience, they must also complete NRSG 898. 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.