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Program Requirements - PhD

The PhD program in Nursing Science is designed for individuals seeking to develop a research and/or academic career in nursing science. The program has a required minimum of 93 quarter credits for completion, and graduates must meet five expected Student Outcomes. We anticipate that the average student will exceed the required number of credits by adding courses that provide knowledge that is unique to their area of research interest. Each student's supervisory committee has the final responsibility for approving his or her program of study.

Of the 93 credits required for graduation, 41 credits are defined as Theory and Domain of Knowledge, and 52 credits are defined as Scholarly Inquiry.

Theory and Domain of Knowledge

Minimum 41 credits

Nursing as a scientific discipline studies the interaction of persons and environments and the patterning of human behavior to achieve or maintain health. The coursework studies individuals, groups, and communities as they define and interactively influence health. Health is a socially constructed concept that shows variation based on biological, gender, age, social class, and cultural factors. Health can refer to wellness and illness as well as disease.

*Required (core) courses are highlighted in bold.

NURS 587Role Transition Seminar 2
NURS 588Philosophical Basis of Nursing Inquiry 3
NURS 589Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing Science 3
NURS 590Ecology of Human Health 5
NURS 592The Science of Therapeutics: Theoretical Foundations
NURS 595Synthesis of Nursing Science 3
Graduate Nursing Courses 9
Related Fields: Courses without a NSG, NURS, NCLIN, or NMETH prefix; may be independent study 12

Scholarly Inquiry

Minimum 52 credits

Courses included in the Scholarly Inquiry requirement deal with the research methodologies and research methods to develop knowledge. There is exposure to a variety of approaches with encouragement to develop advanced skills in at least one methodology. Courses in this category are grouped into three required sub-categories:

  1. *Core Methods Courses (11 credits)
    These courses give students an overview of research design, methods, and data analyses.
    NMETH 579: Research Design and Methods 4
    NMETH 580: Methodological Perspectives in Nursing Science 3
    NMETH 591: The Science of Therapeutics: Design and Outcomes

    *The PhDCC recommends that all PhD core courses be numerically graded, except for NURS 587 Role Transition Seminar and NURS 595 Synthesis of Nursing Science, which are graded CR/NC.

  3. Design/Methods/Analysis Sequence (14 credits)
    This sequence of courses allows students to obtain in-depth knowledge and skill in either a) outcomes or b) interpretive methods. Courses are divided into two areas:
    • Advanced Methods
    • Statistics
    In addition to the courses listed below, the Department of Biostatistics offers many interdisciplinary research methods courses.
Advanced Methods: 4 credit minimum
NMETH 582*: Interpretive Methods in Nursing Research I 4
NMETH 583: Interpretive Methods in Nursing Research II 4
NMETH 592: Clinical Outcome Research II 2-4
NMETH 593: Time Series and Sequential Analysis 4
NMETH 584: Methods: Physiological Measures 4
NMETH 586: Methods: Instrument Development and Testing 4
NMETH 587: Methods of Theory Testing: Causal Modeling 4
BIOST 524: Design of Medical Studies 3
*Students taking NMETH 582 will receive an N grade for satisfactory work; grades will be assigned upon completion of NMETH 583.
Statistics: 10 credit minimum
BIOST 511: Medical Biometry I 4
BIOST 512: Medical Biometry II 4
BIOST 513: Medical Biometry III 4
EDPSY 593: Experimental Design and Analysis 5
EDPSY 594: Advanced Correlational Techniques 5
PSYCH 524: Probability Theory and Nonparametric Statistics (with permission of instructor) 4
PSYCH 525: Linear Models and Data (with permission of instructor) 4
PSYCH 526: Modeling Experimental and Observational Data (with permission of instructor) 4
SOC 504: Applied Social Statistics (with permission of instructor) 3
SOC 505: Applied Social Statistics (with permission of instructor) 3
NMETH 590: Special Topics - Computerized Statistical Procedures (SPSS) (with permission of instructor) 2
BIOST 524: Design of Medical Studies 3
BIOST 574: Multivariate Statistical Methods 3
SOC 526: Causal Approach to Theory Building and Data Analysis (with permission of instructor) 3
SOC 529: Structural Equation Models for the Social Sciences (with permission of instructor) 3
Courses Offered by the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) Credits vary
  1. Dissertation: NMETH 800 (27 credits)