Students are required to successfully complete 18 courses: 10 courses are core courses, 2 courses are research practica, 3 courses are statistics and measurement and 3 courses are elective courses. A plan of study is designed by the student and their faculty advisor.
10 core courses are required for a total of 27 credit hours.
2 courses are required for a total of 6 credit hours.
3 courses are required for a total of 9 credit hours.
9 credit hours of elective courses are required. The number of courses varies and will be selected in coordination with your faculty advisor.
15 credit hours of dissertation, NUR 599, is also required.
All students are required to complete a Preliminary Exam/Dissertation Proposal Defense for admission to candidate status.
Student should develop a plan of study that will provide sufficient depth of the methods and content needed to complete the dissertation study. The following document is a sample plan of study:
The nursing doctoral program is designed to prepare nurses with a high level of expertise to:
• Lead the development of science to advance effective practice, education, and health care policy.
• Serve the evolving healthcare interests of humankind through the integration of research, teaching, practice,
• Educate, mentor, and guide the next generation of clinicians, researchers, policy-makers, and educators.
• Lead and collaborate across disciplines to promote scholarship, teaching, mentoring, practice, and service.