The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Nursing prepares nurse scientists for research-intensive academic careers. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary knowledge development and dissemination through physiological, technological and biobehavioral nursing research with research opportunities in areas such as cardiovascular health, neonatal physiological and renal health, community based participatory interventions, and health promotion. The program is designed for advanced students interested in working closely with faculty mentors in nursing and related disciplines within the context of established programs of research.
The PhD curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. A minimum of three years full-time attendance (at least 9 credit hours per semester) or four years part-time attendance (less than 9 credit hours per semester) is required.
Order of courses may vary.
Students take NURS 9250 from the third semester in the program until they officially enter candidacy; then they take NURS 9300 for 3-9 hours each semester until graduation. A minimum of 18 dissertation credit hours (NURS 9300) is required over 2 semesters.
The student’s advisory committee may require more than the minimum number of elective credit hours in the student’s area of concentration (AOC; minimum 17 elective credit hours, with 15 hours being in the student’s AOC). AOC courses include NURS 9240: Independent Study and NURS 9020: Special Topics.
Students can request approval for transfer of up to 9 credit hours of doctoral level courses into the PhD program.