PhD, Nursing Science Degree Requirements

The PhD in Nursing Science program may be completed by finishing one of the following tracks:

  • BSN-to-PhD
  • MSN-to-PhD

The PhD in Nursing Science program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework as specified in the Plan of Study for the specific track under which they were admitted and as listed in the Academic Bulletin and the Student Handbook.  Students must also successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean or Program Director, or staff member in the OSS.

To receive the PhD degree, the candidate must meet all the general requirements for the PhD degree with respect to course work, residency, the qualifying examination, 12 credit hours of dissertation, and successful defense of the dissertation.

Students in the SONHS are responsible for meeting their degree requirements.  It is the student's responsibility to understand fully and comply with all the provisions of the Academic Bulletin and written changes to their Plan of Study.  Students are provided assistance by faculty advisors and other faculty members.  Requests for deviation from the Plan of Study or SONHS requirements are granted only by written approval from the Associate Dean or Dean.  Students who are in violation of the provisions of this Academic Bulletin may be withdrawn from classes unilaterally or have a stop placed upon their future enrollment by appropriate SONHS officials.  The SONHS reserves the right to change academic requirements to include course offerings that ensure students receive the highest-quality and most-current education.  Classes may be held on weekdays or weekends and will be listed as such in the course schedule.  Any programmatic changes are transmitted by written notice in the Student Handbook or by an official in the SONHS.

PhD, Nursing Science Plan of Study

The PhD in Nursing Science program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework as specified in the Plan of Study below and in the Student Handbook for the specific track under which they were admitted.  Students must also successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean or Program Director, or staff member in the OSS.

BSN-to-PhD Plan of Study

Summer IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 652 Introduction to Clinical Inquiry I 3 1 2 112
Online writing immersion course   0 0 0 0
 Total for Semester312112
Fall I
NUR 602 Doctoral Level Orientation/Nur 0 0 0 0
NUR 662 Nursing Epistemology 4 4 0 0
NUR 665 Quantitative Research Methods 3 3 0 0
NUR 670 Qualitative Methods in Research 3 3 0 0
NUR 680 Research Ethics 0 0 0 0
NUR 703 Becoming a Successful Nurse Scientist 1 0 0 0 0
 Total for Semester1010
Spring I
NUR 671 Scientific and Theoretical Writing 3 2 0 0
NUR 674 Applied Statistics: Generalized Linear and General Estimating Equations 5 5 0 0
NUR 704 Becoming a Successful Nurse Scientist 2 0 0 0 0
Elective   3 3 0 0
Online self-guided statistics and database introduction (Note: completed during winter intersession)   0 0 0 0
 Total for Semester1110
Summer II
NUR 653 Introduction to Clinical Inquiry II 6 1 5 280
 Total for Semester615280
Fall II
NUR 679 Applied Statistics: Structural Equation Modeling and Hierarchical Linear Modeling 3 3 0 0
NUR 681 Measurement of Nursing Phenomenon 3 3 0 0
NUR 696 Crafting the Dissertation Proposal Part I 2 2 0 0
NUR 705 Becoming a Successful Nurse Scientist 3 0 0 0 0
Elective   3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester1111
Spring II
NUR 624 Introduction to Pedagogy 2 2 0 0
NUR 706 Becoming a Successful Nurse Scientist 4 0 0 0 0
NUR 796 Crafting the Dissertation Part 2 2 2 0 0
Elective   3 3 0 0
Elective   3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester1010
Summer III
NUR 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-6 1-6 0 0
Fall III
NUR 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-6 1-6 0 0
Spring III
NUR 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-6 1-6 0 0
Summer IV
NUR 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-6 1-6 0 0
 Total for Semester1-61-6
 Total Dissertation Credits3-183-18
 Total Course Credits52-5744-497392
 Total Program55-7547-677392

Note: The first summer session follows the Summer B Academic Calendar.  All other summer semesters follow the Summer C Academic Calendar.  Students in the BSN-to-DNP program must successfully complete 12 dissertation credits to complete their degree.

MSN-to-PhD Plan of Study

The MSN-to-PhD program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework as specified in the Plan of Study below and in the Student Handbook for the specific track under which they were admitted.  Students must also successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean or Program Director, or staff member in the OSS.

Summer IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
Online writing immersion course   0 0 0 0
Fall I
NUR 602 Doctoral Level Orientation/Nur 0 0 0 0
NUR 662 Nursing Epistemology 4 4 0 0
NUR 665 Quantitative Research Methods 3 3 0 0
NUR 670 Qualitative Methods in Research 3 3 0 0
NUR 680 Research Ethics 0 0 0 0
NUR 703 Becoming a Successful Nurse Scientist 1 0 0 0 0
 Total for Semester1010
Spring I
NUR 671 Scientific and Theoretical Writing 3 2 0 0
NUR 674 Applied Statistics: Generalized Linear and General Estimating Equations 5 5 0 0
NUR 704 Becoming a Successful Nurse Scientist 2 0 0 0 0
Elective   3 3 0 0
Online self-guided statistics and database introduction (Note: completed during winter intersession)   0 0 0 0
 Total for Semester1110
Summer II
NUR 618 Research Immersion   1 1 0 0
 Total for Semester11
Fall II
NUR 679 Applied Statistics: Structural Equation Modeling and Hierarchical Linear Modeling 3 3 0 0
NUR 681 Measurement of Nursing Phenomenon 3 3 0 0
NUR 696 Crafting the Dissertation Proposal Part I 2 2 0 0
NUR 705 Becoming a Successful Nurse Scientist 3 0 0 0 0
Elective   3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester1111
Spring II
NUR 624 Introduction to Pedagogy 2 2 0 0
NUR 706 Becoming a Successful Nurse Scientist 4 0 0 0 0
NUR 796 Crafting the Dissertation Part 2 2 2 0 0
 Total for Semester44
Summer III
NUR 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-6 0-6 0 0
Fall III
NUR 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-6 1-6 0 0
Spring III
NUR 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-6 1-6 0 0
Summer IV
NUR 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-6 1-6 0 0
 Total for Semester1-61-6
 Total Dissertation Credits3-182-18
 Total Course Credits38-4337-42
 Total Program41-6139-60

Note: All summer semesters follow the Summer C Academic Calendar.  Students in the MSN-to-DNP program must successfully complete 12 dissertation credits to complete their degree.