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PhD in Nursing Plan of Study

Core component

Areas of study will include courses from the following selected domains:

  • Statistics,
  • Research methods and practice,
  • Ethics in research,
  • Philosophy of science,
  • Theory construction and application,
  • Writing for funding.


Completion of the PhD degree requires a minimum of seven hours of dissertation credit.

Elective component

The elective component is developed and designed with the student's adviser to meet the student's needs as well as to meet program requirements. PhD in Nursing students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of doctoral study in the elective component.

Plan of study

Plans of study are determined in collaboration with the student's advisory committee. Flexible plans of study are available.