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Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health

PhD Program BS to PhD, MS to PhD

Curriculum

Purpose and Objectives

The PhD Program prepares scientists to advance nursing practice and education through research and scholarly activity, and teaching. Rigorous research training is offered for persons contemplating careers in academia or in health agencies, especially individuals anticipating careers in designing and conducting research.

Doctoral students will find a rigorous nursing science curriculum, a dynamic range of faculty expertise and multiple opportunities for creative interdisciplinary collaboration at the college across core areas of the doctoral program, knowledge building (nursing theory and research) and nursing practice and patient care.

The required courses prepare students to address significant problems through research that will add to the knowledge base of nursing and serve to inform practice, health policy, and nursing education. The coursework also enables students to develop significant research questions early in the program that may lead to dissertation research and/or external funding.

  • I have a Bachelor's Degree

    Besides the knowledge building core, cognate, and dissertations, unique to the BS to PhD are the Academic Nursing, Nursing Specialty, Practice, and Teaching Practice components.

    The curriculum includes a choice of nursing specialty, a practice core, a cognate, and a teaching practice requirement. The curriculum is designed to prepare PhD's for the academic role in research, teaching and service. All courses in the knowledge building core emphasize the use of research methods and information to advance scientific knowledge.

    Goal of the BS-PhD program and Criteria for Grad Assistant Funding.

    Curriculum

    B.S. (Nursing) -Ph.D.A minimum of 99 hours post-baccalaureate is required. The program is designed as a full-time minimum four-year course of study.

    Knowledge Building Core (Required) (48 cr)
    • NGR 6638 Health Promotion Theory & Strategies Across the Lifespan (3)
    • NGR 6893 Systems and Population in Healthcare (3)
    • NGR 6733 Organizational and Professional Dimensions (3)
    • NGR 6803 Research & EBP (3)
    • NGR 6824 Data Analysis for Health Sciences (3)
    • NGR 7123 Theory Development in Nursing (3)
    • NGR 7124 Advances in Nursing Science (3)
    • NGR 7815 Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research (3)
    • NGR 7816 Research Designs and Methods (3)
    • NGR 7823 Psychometrics and Measurement for Nursing Research (3)
    • NGR 7841 Statistical Methods in Nursing Research I (3)
    • NGR 7842 Statistical Methods in Nursing Research II (3)
    • NGR 7843 Statistical Methods in Nursing Research III (3)
    • NGR 7881 Ethics in Research & Practice (3)
    • NGR 7892 Health Policy Issues in Nursing and Health Care (3)
    • NGR 7941 Nursing Research Pro Seminar (1)
    • NGR 7981 Dissertation Proposal Writing (2)
      *Not needed for Nursing Education track
    Advanced Practice (Required) (12 cr)
    • NGR 6002C Health Assessment in Adv Practice (4)
    • NGR 6152 Adanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (4)
    • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (4)
    Specialty Track (18-25 cr)

    See Advisor for information on Specialty Tracks

    Cognate 12-15 Credits

    Students select a cognate area of study to further support their area of expertise in nursing and the research problem that will be addressed by the dissertation research. Examples of appropriate areas of study for the minor might be, but are not limited to, public health, aging studies, psychology, business, research tools.

    Qualifying Examination:

    The qualifying examination is to be completed as soon as the majority of core and minor coursework is completed. The purpose of the qualifying examination is to assess the student’s level of scholarship and research skills and to determine if the student possesses the critical and analytical skills necessary to undertake the dissertation research. The qualifying examination consists of a written exam covering the subject matter in the major and related fields.

    Dissertation 12- 24 Credits

    Students complete and successfully defend a dissertation.

    NOTE: Students are to meet with curriculum advisor for individual program plan.
  • I have a Master's Degree

    Cognate Area of Study: The cognate area of study consists of 12 to 15 semester hours. Students, in conjunction with the major advisor, select a cognate area of study to support the focus of the student's dissertation.

    Electives: Required for degree completion are 3 semester hours of elective course work in research methods. Electives may include courses recommended or approved by the student's advisory committee.

    Dissertation: The College of Nursing requires a minimum of 12 credit hours of dissertation and may elect up to 24 hours. Students may register for dissertation hours the semester following admission to candidacy. After candidacy approval, students must enroll for a minimum of two dissertation hours each semester while working on the dissertation and using university resources.

    Goal of the MS-PhD program and Criteria for Grad Assistant Funding.

    Curriculum

    Knowledge Building Core (Required)
    • NGR 7123 Theory Development in Nursing (3)
    • NGR 7124 Advances in Nursing Science (3)
    • NGR 7815 Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research (3)
    • NGR 7816 Research Designs and Methods in Nursing (3)
    • NGR 7823 Psychometrics and Measurement for Nursing Research (3)
    • NGR 7841 Statistical Methods in Nursing Research I (3)
    • NGR 7842 Statistical Methods in Nursing Research II (3)
    • NGR 7843 Statistical Methods in Nursing Research III (3)
    • NGR 7881 Ethics in Research and Practice (3)
    • NGR 7892 Health Policy Issues in Nursing and Health Care (3)
    • NGR 7941 Nursing Research Pro Seminar (1)
    • NGR 7981 Dissertation Proposal Writing (2)

    Satisfactory completion of the Knowledge Building Core required courses prepare students to successfully complete the dissertation research.

    Cognate (12-15 Credits)

    Students select a cognate area to further support the students area of expertise in nursing and the research problem that will be addressed by the dissertation research. Examples of appropriate areas of study for the cognate might be organizational administration, health policy, physiology, cognitive psychology, organizational psychology, gerontology, epidemiology, biostatistics, administration, applied anthropology, educational measurement or a nursing specialty.

    Electives (3-6 Credits)

    Students must complete 3-6 elective credits. Three credits must be in research methods. Examples of suggested courses:

    • NGR 6824 Data Analysis for Health Sciences
    • NGR 7932 Current Topics in Quantitative Methods
    • NGR 6713 Foundations of Nursing Education (3)
    Qualifying Examinations:

    The qualifying examination is to be completed as soon as the majority of core and minor coursework is completed. The purpose of the qualifying examination is to assess the student’s level of scholarship and research skills and to determine if the student possesses the critical and analytical skills necessary to undertake the dissertation research. The qualifying examination consists of a written exam covering the subject matter in the major and related fields.

    Dissertation (12- 24 Credits)

    Students must complete and successfully defend a dissertation.


As approved by Graduate Council 04/16/2012, effective Fall 2012. Will be published in 2013-2014 USF Graduate Catalog.