PhD in Nursing

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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.

Plan of study

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

Post-MSN PhD in Nursing Plan of Study
Year 1 - Fall
DNP 720Biostatistics I3
PHN 706Philosophy of Science3
PHN 707Phenomena of Nursing Research2
PHN 701Seminar1
Year 1 - Spring
DNP 721Biostatistics II3
PHN 714Theory Construction and Testing3
PHN 712Writing for Funding2
PHN 701Seminar1
Year 2 - Summer
PHN 701Seminar1
PHN 710Research Practicum2
Year 2 - Fall
PHN 708Quantitative Research Designs3
PHN 709Qualitative Research Designs3
PHN 701Seminar1
Year 2 - Spring
ID 700Ethics in Research2
PHN 711Data Collection and Analysis3
PHN 701Seminar1
Year 3 - Summer
PHN 705Writing Proposals4
PHN 701Seminar1
Qualifying Examinations (Written)5
Year 3+ - Fall+
PHN 701Seminar**1
PHN 791Dissertation Proposal (minimum)1
PHN 798Dissertation Research (minimum)6

*Electives: Minimum of 3 hours required for degree – ID 718 Health Policy and the Healthcare System; ID 719 Introduction to the Science and Theory of Public Health; ID 725 Environmental Health; ID 701 Introduction to GIS; PHN 780 Special Topics; PHN 715 Survey Design and Analysis; PHN 717 Directed Research; Advanced Research Methods; Advanced Statistics; Anthropology; Basic Science Lab Techniques; Biochemistry; Data Science; Epidemiology; Genomics; Leadership Development; Manuscript Development and Publication; Sociology; Systematic Reviews; or any other doctoral-level course approved by advisor.

**Students must enroll in PHN 701 every semester until they achieve a successful dissertation proposal defense.