Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program is based on the belief that nursing is a science, that nurse scholars must receive preparation at this level to develop as scientists and that the preparation of nurse scientists is best accomplished in a milieu in which faculty and students participate in a partnership of inquiry.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program is designed to prepare beginning level nurse scientists who think critically, conduct research and serve as investigators and collaborators on research teams. Graduates of this program develop leadership skills to influence health policy and promote social justice at local, national and global levels.
To achieve expertise as beginning level nurse scientists, students are educated and socialized for their roles both didactically through course work, seminars and tutorials and experientially through research assistantships, collaboration with faculty mentors and independent research. Students receive a strong foundation in scientific inquiry with a focus on a clinically relevant area for scholarship and research. The program requires a minimum of 48 units of course work. Required courses primarily focus on nursing science and research. Students select 9-12 units of emphasis courses to support the focus or design of their dissertation. The program offers a concentration in clinical nursing research, executive leadership, or knowledge transmission of the discipline of nursing. Six units per semester is considered full time enrollment, with additional offerings in the intersession and summer session. The PhD degree may be completed in 3-4 years.
- Residency Requirement
Students must fulfill this requirement by enrolling in:
- 12 units of on-campus doctoral coursework during a 12-month period, OR
- 6 units of on-campus doctoral coursework during each of two consecutive Summer sessions.
- Transfer of Credit
(See here and for more information on Transfer of Graduate Credit) Students may transfer up to 12 units of post-master’s work with approval. Extension credit is not transferable.
- Admission to Candidacy
Admission to candidacy (not equivalent to admission to the program) is achieved when the student has an approved dissertation proposal.
- Time Limit
Candidates are allowed a maximum of five years between their admission to candidacy and completion of their dissertation.
Additional Requirements For Admission
Doctor Of Philosophy Degree
See here for basic admission requirements.
|Application Deadline||February 1|
|Minimum Grade Point Average||3.5 (4.0 scale)|
|Required Licenses||Current Registered Nurse license|
|Additional Requirements||Two references completed by doctorally prepared faculty members|
|One reference completed by an employer or colleague|
|Example of scholarly writing (e.g. thesis, article, paper)|
|Personal statement of career, research and scholarship goals|
|Brief interview for applicants who meet preliminary selection criteria|
Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program of Study
The program of study includes a minimum of 48 units of post-master’s coursework. This includes 12 units for the dissertation. A minimum grade of B- is required in degree courses with an overall GPA of 3.0.
Note: The PhD program currently is being refined. Modifications may be made in the future. Please refer to the Program Handbook and website.
|Designed to develop analytical abilities and provide the knowledge base and skills requisite to the development of the nurse scholar.|
|PHDN 601||Philosophy of Science in Nursing||3|
|PHDN 602||Theory Development in Nursing||3|
|PHDN 649||Research Seminar in Health Policy||3|
|Designed to enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and implement a program of research.|
|PHDN 607||Applied Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods||3|
|PHDN 608||Applications of Multivariate Statistics||3|
|PHDN 670||Quantitative Designs in Research||3|
|PHDN 677||Advanced Quantitative Designs in Research||3|
|PHDN 673||Introduction to Qualitative Research: Background, Processes, and Approaches||3|
|PHDN 676||The Practice of Qualitative Research 1||3|
|Areas of Emphasis|
|Three graduate courses selected by the student and advisor, related to the student’s specific research topic.||9-12|
|Dissertation students using quantitative research methods have the option of an additional emphasis course|
|Dissertation Component (12 units minimum)|
|PHDN 650||Nursing Research Seminar||1|
|PHDN 651||Nursing Research Seminar||1|
|PHDN 652||Nursing Research Seminar||1|
|PHDN 653||Nursing Research Seminar||2|
|PHDN 654||Nursing Research Seminar||1|
|PHDN 655||Nursing Research Seminar||1|
Required for dissertation students using qualitative research methods
The presentation of the proposal and dissertation findings are required. After the completion of five units of PHDN 695 and seven units of PHDN 650-PHDN 655, candidates must continue to register for PHDN 695 (1 unit) and PHDN 655 (1 unit) each semester to maintain candidacy until the dissertation is completed. See the Doctoral Student Handbook for guidelines on producing the dissertation.
PHDN 601 | PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
Explores epistemological and ontological foundations of science and how they influence the development of the science of nursing. Examines specific philosophical traditions such as empiricism, phenomenology, and emancipatory paradigms for their relevance to nursing. Incorporates the social and historical bases of these paradigms for nursing science.
PHDN 602 | THEORY DEVELOPMENT IN NURSING
Prerequisites: PHDN 601 (Can be taken Concurrently)
Focuses on theory building, the nature of theory formation, critical analysis and synthesis of theoretical frameworks.
PHDN 607 | APPLIED STATISTICS AND QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
Examines a variety of quantitative research designs, data collection and statistical analysis procedures appropriate to each. Students interpret statistical computer output.
PHDN 608 | APPLICATIONS OF MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS
Prerequisites: PHDN 607 (Can be taken Concurrently)
Statistical methods for multivariate problems in health care including regression diagnostics, probability testing, measurement theory and modeling, cluster analysis, discriminate analysis, and principal components. Computer applications included.
PHDN 609 | DATA MANAGEMENT
This course is designed to enhance the student’s competence in management of data in the conduct of research. It provides interactive experiences to create datasets or analyze existing data sets. Students input and analyze data, read outputs, and report data in table and narrative formats. Students gain experience in preparing data based presentations using tables, graphs, and charts.
PHDN 610 | MIXED METHODS RESEARCH
Overviews mixed methods research (MMR) approaches and explores the epistemological and paradigmatic implications of MMR. Examines the types of research problems addressed by mixing quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, the major types of MMR designs, data collection strategies, data analysis and integration of quantitative and qualitative data in reporting findings. Prepares students to critique, design and, conduct mixed methods research. Throughout the course attention will be given to the process of developing a MMR proposal and producing publishable mixed methods studies.
PHDN 640 | BIOETHICAL ISSUES IN NURSING
Focuses on the process of ethical inquiry and its relevance for contemporary nursing practice, education, and research. Ethical theories and frameworks are explored as the basis for professional decision-making and public policy determination and include justice, caring, consideration of the common good, and feminist points of view. Contemporary bioethical issues are examined using case analysis and narrative approaches.
PHDN 649 | RESEARCH SEMINAR IN HEALTH POLICY
Explores the evolution of nursing scholarship and its current and potential influence on health policy. Provides an overview of the history of the U.S. health care system including the controversies and challenges of health policy reform and health disparities. Implications for social justice are addressed in view of rising health care costs, increasing health care inequities and modest health care outcomes.
PHDN 650 | NURSING RESEARCH SEMINAR
Provides socialization to the PhD nurse scholar role, with an emphasis on scientific writing and textual reading at the PhD level.
PHDN 651 | NURSING RESEARCH SEMINAR
Prerequisites: PHDN 650
Provides guidance on the development of dissertation topic and utilizes writing exercises designed to explicate the research question and the significance of the study area.
PHDN 652 | NURSING RESEARCH SEMINAR
Prerequisites: PHDN 651
Provides support for the ongoing development of the dissertation, with an emphasis on the preparation of a critique-based literature review and methodological issues.
PHDN 653 | NURSING RESEARCH SEMINAR
Prerequisites: PHDN 652
Provides support for the development of an in depth, detailed plan for data collection and the final preparation of the dissertation proposal for presentation to the Dissertation Committee.
PHDN 654 | NURSING RESEARCH SEMINAR
Prerequisites: PHDN 653
Provides support for the actual conduct of the dissertation study, with emphasis on commonly encountered challenges to data collection and management.
PHDN 655 | NURSING RESEARCH SEMINAR
Prerequisites: PHDN 654
Provides support for the finalization of the dissertation, with emphasis on data analysis and the preparation of the dissertation findings for final presentation. After completion of 1 unit of PHDN 655, candidates must continue to register for 1 unit each semester to maintain candidacy until the completed dissertation is submitted.
PHDN 661 | HEALTH AND ILLNESS AMONG CULTURALLY DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Explores a wide range of theoretical perspectives related to health and illness. Emphasizes the health and illness experiences of various ethnic, stigmatized, and disenfranchised populations. Students analyze how sociocultural factors shape health behaviors and practices among these groups, as well as research strategies for the study of health and illness among diverse aggregates.
PHDN 670 | QUANTITATIVE DESIGNS IN RESEARCH
Critical analysis of scientific inquiry using advanced nonexperimental (descriptive and correlational) and experimental (quasi- and true experimental) quantitative research designs. Emphasizes application of advanced statistical analyses related to specific research designs.
PHDN 672 | PSYCHOMETRIC THEORY AND MEASUREMENT
Provides an overview of concepts, theories, measurement theories, and instruments. Includes critical analysis of relationships between concepts, theories and measurements as well as critical examination of existing instruments based on principles of instrument construction and evaluation. Emphasis is also placed on evaluating instruments in terms of cultural bias, sensitivity and ethical issues.
PHDN 673 | INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: BACKGROUND, PROCESSES, AND APPROACHES
This course is designed as an introduction to qualitative methodologies. It will explore some of the distinguishing characteristics, techniques/methods of data collection and analysis, ethical considerations, and diversity of methodological approaches.
PHDN 676 | THE PRACTICE OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Prerequisites: PHDN 673
Focuses on the craft of conducting qualitative research. Involves practicing methods of data collection and data analysis. Course content will include issues related to evaluating, communicating (oral and written), (re)presenting, and publishing qualitative research findings. Ethical dimensions of qualitative research in human research studies will be emphasized. Throughout the course the contribution of qualitative research to nursing, social, and health sciences and nursing practice will be considered. (Required for students using qualitative methods in dissertation research).
PHDN 677 | ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE DESIGNS IN RESEARCH
Prerequisites: PHDN 670
Critical analysis, synthesis, and application of advanced quantitative research designs. Areas of emphasis include: testing the relationship between multiple independent variables and a single dependent variable, between multiple independent and multiple dependent variables; grouping variables or individuals; and analysis of linear structural relations.
PHDN 683 | KNOWLEDGE DISSEMINATION
Analysis and evaluation of strategies that facilitate knowledge dissemination in academic settings in nursing. Emphasis is on synthesis of literature related to the unique learning needs of the nurse scholar.
PHDN 684 | SEMINAR IN GRANT WRITING
Addresses all aspects of grant writing, including funding sources, proposal writing and management of funded projects.
PHDN 685 | WRITING FOR PUBLICATION
Focuses on scholarly writing in professional nursing, Emphasizes manuscript development for submission for publication. Address multiple venues and publication formats. Emphasizes publication of research findings as well as ethical and legal issues in publications.
PHDN 687 | INNOVATIONS IN NURSING EDUCATION
Explores theoretical foundations and educational philosophies fundamental to nursing education. Innovative teaching strategies and technological approaches to professional education are presented. Experienced faculty/students discuss challenges encountered in teaching nursing students in diversified classrooms.
PHDN 688 | PALLIATIVE CARE ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
An in-depth exploration of the roles of the Nurse Researcher and Advanced Practice Nurse in the palliative care setting. Theories of palliative care will be explored as a basis for praxis, the conduct of research, and public policy determination. Symptom management, patient-family communication and cultural perspectives of chronic illness are major course themes. Analysis and critique of contemporary research on palliative care is integrated throughout the course.
PHDN 689 | SEMINAR IN HEALTH PROMOTION
Examines theoretical and empirical explanation of health promotion on the well-being of individuals, families and communities. The course encourages students to complete reviews of evidence based research and effectiveness of health promotion programs, health counseling and communication including health education principles, evaluation methods and funding opportunities. Synthesis of the literature in relation to student research interest is required to support development of a dissertation/project relevant to a health promotion concern.
PHDN 690 | SEMINAR IN EXECUTIVE NURSE LEADERSHIP RESEARCH
Analyzes the state of the science concerning health care systems and organizational reserarch. Theoretical frameworks, ethical considerations, research methods, instrumentation, findings and implications for further research will be explored.
PHDN 693 | RESIDENCY
Provides intensive experience in a selected area of career development.
PHDN 694 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING RESEARCH
In-depth study of a research method, targeted review of the literature or a dissertation related topic under the guidance of the dissertation chairperson. A publishable paper or poster presentation is an expected outcome.
PHDN 695 | DISSERTATION
Development and implementation of original research. After completion of 5 units of PHDN 695, candidates must continue to register for 1 unit each semester to maintain candidacy until the completed dissertation is submitted.
PHDN 697 | SEMINAR IN VULNERABLE POPULATIONS/HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH
Analyzes the state of the science concerning health-related issues and health disparities among vulnerable populations. Theoretical underpinnings, ethical considerations, research methods, instrumentation, findings and implications for further research will be explored.