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:

  • Philosophy
  • Nursing science
  • Theory construction
  • Research methods, analysis and practice
  • Bioethics
  • Population health policy
  • Leadership
  • 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

First time students are required to take three hours of doctoral-level biostatistics prior to starting PHN courses. Plans of study are determined in collaboration with the student's advisory committee. Flexible plans of study are available.

PhD in Nursing Plan of Study
Year 1 - Fall
PHN 701Seminar (Journal Club)1
DNP 721Biostatistics II3
PHN 706Philosophy3
PHN 703Nursing Science2
Year 1 - Spring
PHN 701Seminar (Journal Club)1
PHN 720Methods and Analysis I3
PHN 714Theory Construction and Testing2
PHN 712Introduction to Grant Writing1
PHN 717Directed Research>2
Year 2 - Summer
PHN 721Methods and Analysis II3
Year 2 - Fall
PHN 701Seminar (Journal Club)1
PHN 722Methods and Analysis III2
ID 719Science/Theory of Population Health3
ID 715Teaching in Higher Education3
Year 2 - Spring
PHN 701Seminar (Journal Club)1
PHN 705Writing Proposals4
ID 700Ethics in Research2
PHN 710Research Practicum>2
End of Spring 2 - First of Summer 3
Year 3 - Summer
DHA 700Leadership Strategies in Health Entities3
Candidacy (G3+)
PHN 701Seminar (Journal Club)1
PHN 791Dissertation Proposal1+
PHN 798Dissertation Research6+
Minimum hours required for the degree                                                   52 hours
Post-BSN students must also take a minimum of 8 hours of pre-approved electives.
DNP to PhD plan of study—determined on an individual student basis via gap analysis.
Students must enroll in PHN 701 until successful dissertation proposal defense.