Academic Programs Catalog

College of Nursing

Graduate Study

Three graduate programs in Nursing are offered:  the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), both of which are accredited by CCNE, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a major in Nursing.  In the M.S.N. program, students pursue their educational program with faculty and clinical preceptors who have expertise and research in the student’s chosen area of specialization.  The College offers three paths to the M.S.N. degree:  Nurse Practitioner-Family, Nurse Practitioner-Adult/Gerontological Primary Care, and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, which is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) prepares advanced practice registered nurses to provide clinical, organizational and systems' leadership at the highest level. The Doctor of Philosophy program is designed to prepare clinical nurse scientists to assume professional roles in academic and research settings with the purpose of engaging in a life of scholarly inquiry.  The doctoral programs offer students the opportunity to move in scholarly directions, and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary study.


 


Nursing - Master of Science

The Master of Science in Nursing degree prepares graduates for roles that reflect current, emerging and expanding roles of nurses as providers and educators. The curricula for these advanced practice roles are designed in the context of related challenges, needs and increasing complexities within the systems of health care delivery, higher education, and professional nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing degree has been fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program consists of three concentrations. The first two concentrations, Nurse Practitioner, focuses on the preparation of advanced practice nurses as nurse practitioners. Within this concentration, there are two areas of study: adult/gerontology primary care, and family. A third concentration, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, focuses on the preparation of advanced practice nurses specialized in acute care adult-gerontology practice.

Nurse Practitioners, as advanced practice nurses, are in direct-care provider's role, use specialty skills and knowledge in providing care to clients of all ages and stages of development in primary care settings. The nurse practitioner curriculum prepares nurses to function interdependently with other health care providers to provide primary care. As part of this care, advanced practice nurses assess the physical, socio-emotional, and developmental states of individual clients and their families, analyze health behavior, apply clinical judgment, and intervene in a manner to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care delivery. They recognize the importance of health promotion, as well as early recognition and prompt treatment and management of illness, prevention of complications, and needed rehabilitation. Client and family education, guidance, and advocacy are vital characteristics of the advanced practice nurse’s role. Graduates of the program will assume leadership roles as accomplished advanced nurse practitioners and will be eligible for certification as a Nurse Practitioner and recognition as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is designed to prepare registered nurses to assume an advanced practice role as a clinical nurse specialist.  This graduate assumes a professional leadership role to inform nursing practice, education, and health care delivery systems in the design and implementation of strategies to improve organizational, educational, and individual client, student, and nurse provider outcomes. Advanced practice clinical and educational expertise is reflected in the application of innovative evidence-based practice interventions and the development of collaborative relationships in order to address the health care needs of a diverse population. Graduates of the program will assume leadership roles as accomplished advanced nurse practitioners and will be eligible for certification as a Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Students must meet the requirements of the university as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog, in addition to the requirements of the College of Nursing specified below.

Students who are enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program may elect a specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood in the College of Social Science section of this catalog.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, an applicant must have:

  1. Submitted a university application for admission and a curriculum vita.
  2. Completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Current unrestricted RN license without probationary status in the applicant’s state or country. For those applicants practicing in Michigan, a current Registered Nurse Michigan license is required. Applicants who hold Registered Nurse licensure from other states or countries and who are in the Nurse Practitioner concentration may be admitted provisionally with the requirement that a United States and Michigan Registered Nurse license must be obtained prior to progression to clinical courses.
  4. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for total credits completed during the second-half of the four-year baccalaureate nursing program.
  5. Completed a three (3) credit undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better within the last five years.
  6. Submitted a written essay that addresses the applicant’s career goals and motivations for graduate study in the selected area of specialty nursing practice: nurse practitioner or adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist.
  7. Submit three letters of recommendations. The reference letters must be from a source that has direct knowledge of the applicant’s work and educational experience specifying the applicant’s ability to do graduate work.
  8. Completed an admission interview with the College of Nursing faculty.
  9. If the applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum average score of 550, no subscore below 52 on the paper-based test (PBT).  If the applicant completes the Internet-based test (iBT), no subscore below 19 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing subscore below 22 and a minimum average score of 80. Applicants should have all test scores sent from the testing agency directly to Michigan State University Office of Admissions.

Provisional Status

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program may be accepted provisionally.  Provisionally admitted students are required to satisfy deficiencies as specified in the letter of admission and will be formally removed from provisional status once the deficiencies are satisfied. Students on provisional status may not progress in the program if deficiencies are not satisfied in the specified time frame.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing Degree in Nursing

A  total of 45 to 48 credits is required for the degree under Plan B (without thesis) depending on the student’s area of concentration. Students must meet the requirements specified below:

1. All of the following courses (15 credits):
NUR 902 Scientific Foundations for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUR 905 Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and Quality Management in Healthcare 3
NUR 907 Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Practiced Registered Nurses 3
NUR 908 Advanced Physical Assessment for Advanced Practiced Registered Nurses 3
NUR 909 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practiced Registered Nurses3
2. Complete one of the following three concentrations:
NURSE PRACTITIONER FAMILY (30 credits)
EPI 840 Clinical Epidemiology for Healthcare Practice 3
NUR 912 Health Promotion - Family 3
  NUR 915 Clinical Diagnosis and Management I - Family 6
  NUR 916 Clinical Diagnosis and Management II - Family 6
  NUR 917 Clinical Diagnosis and Management III - Family 6
NUR 918 Clinical Diagnosis and Management IV - Family 6
NURSE PRACTITIONER-ADULT-GERONTOLOGICAL PRIMARY CARE (30 credits)
  EPI 840 Clinical Epidemiology for Healthcare Practice 3
NUR 913 Health Promotion – Adult-Gerontology 3
   NUR 925 Clinical Diagnosis and Management I – Adult-Gerontology 6
NUR 926 Clinical Diagnosis and Management II – Adult-Gerontology 6
   NUR 927 Clinical Diagnosis and Management III – Adult-Gerontology 6
  NUR 928 Clinical Diagnosis and Management IV – Adult-Gerontology 6
ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST (33 credits)
  NUR 904 Health Policy and Advocacy 3
  NUR 906 Leadership in Complex Health Systems 3
  NUR 931 Wellness Promotion for Diverse Populations 3
  NUR 932 Clinical Decision Making and Management of Acute Chronic Complex Conditions 6
  NUR 933 Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development I 6
NUR 934 Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development II 6
NUR 935 Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development III 6


Part–time Students

Although many nursing students pursue the master's degree on a part–time basis, all degree candidates will be expected to maintain minimum degree progress standards established by the College and published in the College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook. Students are also expected to complete at least one course per semester until the degree is earned.

Academic Standards

A cumulative grade–point average of 3.0 and a grade of 3.0 in each nursing course is required.

Transfer Credits

Up to 25% of graduate course work May be transferred into the Master of Science in Nursing program from other accredited programs upon approval of the College of Nursing, i.e., Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), and/or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Time Limit

The time limit for completing the degree is six years from the beginning of the first semester in which credit toward the degree was earned.


Nursing Practice - Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), post B.S.N. entry, curriculum prepares advanced practice registered nurses to provide clinical, organizational and systems’ leadership at the highest level. The program develops practitioners who design, implement and evaluate high quality and cost-effective health care services for diverse populations including the disadvantaged and underserved. The graduate will champion healthcare policy and operational changes using evidence-based data and technology that enhances and guides nursing practice. The individual who has earned a D.N.P. degree, actively collaborates across disciplines and organizations with providers and client groups to achieve sustainable healthcare outcomes.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice, post B.S.N. entry degree program consists of four concentrations. The first and second concentrations, Nurse Practitioner-Family and Nurse Practitioner-Adult Gerontology Primary Care, focuses on the preparation of advanced practice registered nurses as nurse practitioners. A third concentration, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, focuses on the preparation of advanced practice registered nurses specialized in acute care adult-gerontology practice. A fourth concentration, Nurse Anesthesia, prepares advanced practice registered nurses who will use specialized skills and knowledge in the administration of anesthesia and pain management agents.

Nurse practitioners, as advanced practice registered nurses, are in direct-care provider's role and use specialty skills and knowledge in providing care to clients of all ages and stages of development in primary care settings. The nurse practitioner curriculum prepares nurses to function interdependently with other healthcare providers to provide primary care. As part of this care, advanced practice registered nurses assess the physical, socio-emotional, and developmental states of individual clients and their families, analyze health behavior, apply clinical judgment, and intervene in a manner to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare delivery. They recognize the importance of health promotion, as well as early recognition and prompt treatment and management of illness, prevention of complications, and needed rehabilitation. Client and family education, guidance, and advocacy are vital characteristics of the advanced practice nurse’s role. Graduates of the program will assume leadership roles as accomplished nurse practitioners and will be eligible for certification as a Nurse Practitioner and recognition as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is designed to prepare registered nurses to assume an advanced practice role as a clinical nurse specialist.  This graduate assumes a professional leadership role to inform nursing practice, education, and healthcare delivery systems in the design and implementation of strategies to improve organizational, educational, and individual client, student, and nurse provider outcomes. Advanced practice clinical expertise is reflected in the application of innovative evidence-based practice interventions and the development of collaborative relationships in order to address the healthcare needs of a diverse population. Graduates of the program will assume leadership roles as accomplished advanced nurse practitioners and will be eligible for certification as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who use specialty skills and knowledge in the planning and administration of anesthesia and pain management agents. The Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068, (847) 655-1160. It is a rigorous, full-time program designed to educate registered nurses in academic knowledge, technical and clinical skills, and professional attitudes in nursing practice in preparation for safe administration of anesthesia. Graduates of the program will assume leadership roles as accomplished advanced practitioners in nurse anesthesia and will meet the requirements and be eligible for certification as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and for recognition as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). The Nurse Anesthesia concentration is pending approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Students must meet the requirements of the university as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog, in addition to the requirements of the College of Nursing specified below.

Students who are enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice, post B.S.N. entry degree program, may elect a specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood in the College of Social Science section of this catalog.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice, post B.S.N. entry program, an applicant must: 
  1. Submit a university application for admission and a curriculum vita.
  2. Complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Possess a current unrestricted license to practice nursing as a registered nurse in the applicant’s state or country. For those applicants practicing in Michigan, a current registered nurse Michigan license is required. Applicants who hold registered nurse licensure from other states or countries and who are in the Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia concentration may be admitted provisionally with the requirement that a United States and Michigan registered nurse license must be obtained prior to progression to clinical courses.
  4. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for total credits completed during the second-half of the four-year baccalaureate nursing program.
  5. One year of current full-time clinical experience or equivalent as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit is required for the Nurse Anesthesia concentration.
  6. Complete a 3 credit undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better within the last five years.
  7. Submit a written essay that addresses the applicant’s career goals and motivations for graduate study in the selected area of specialty nursing practice: nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, or nurse anesthetist.
  8. submit three letters of recommendation. The reference letters must be from a source that has direct knowledge of the applicant’s work and educational experience specifying the applicant’s ability to do graduate work.
  9. Complete an admission interview with the College of Nursing faculty. Recommendations for admission are made by the faculty committee to the Dean of the College based on the requirements for admission and the personal interview.
  10. if the applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum average score of 550, no subscore below 52 on the paper-based test (PBT).  If the applicant completes the Internet-based test (iBT), no subscore below 19 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing subscore below 22 and a minimum average score of 80. Applicants should have all test scores sent from the testing agency directly to Michigan State University Office of Admissions.
Requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in Nursing Practice
1. All of the following courses (28 credits):
NUR  902 Scientific Foundations for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
   NUR  903 Healthcare Informatics  3
   EPI  840 Clinical Epidemiology for Healthcare Practice 3
   NUR  904 Health Policy and Advocacy  3
   NUR  905 Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and Quality Management in Healthcare  3
   NUR  906 Leadership in Complex Health Systems  3
   NUR  995 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I  4
   NUR  996 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II  3
   NUR   997 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III  3
2. Complete one of the following concentrations:
NURSE PRACTITIONER-FAMILY (42 credits)
   NUR  907 Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 3
   NUR  908 Advanced Physical Assessment for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 3
   NUR  909 Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 3
   NUR  912 Health Promotion – Family  3
   NUR  915 Clinical Diagnosis and Management I - Family  6
   NUR  916 Clinical Diagnosis and Management II - Family  6
   NUR  917 Clinical Diagnosis and Management III - Family  6
   NUR  918 Clinical Diagnosis and Management IV – Family  6
   NUR  919 Clinical Diagnosis and Management V – Clinical Immersion- Family  6
   NURSE PRACTITIONER-ADULT-GERONTOLOGICAL PRIMARY CARE (42 credits)
NUR  907 Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 3
   NUR  908 Advanced Physical Assessment for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 3
   NUR  909 Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse  3
  NUR  913 Health Promotion – Adult-Gerontology  3
   NUR  925 Clinical Diagnosis and Management I - Adult-Gerontology  6
   NUR  926 Clinical Diagnosis and Management II - Adult-Gerontology  6
   NUR  927 Clinical Diagnosis and Management III - Adult-Gerontology  6
   NUR  928 Clinical Diagnosis and Management IV - Adult-Gerontology  6
   NUR  929 Clinical Diagnosis and Management V – Clinical Immersion - Adult-Gerontology  6
ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST (CNS) (42 credits)
   NUR  907 Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse  3
   NUR  908 Advanced Physical Assessment for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse  3
   NUR  909 Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 3
   NUR  931 Wellness Promotion for Diverse Populations  3
   NUR  932 Clinical Decision Making and Management of Acute Chronic Complex Conditions  6
   NUR  933 Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development I  6
   NUR  934 Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development II  6
   NUR  935 Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development III  6
   NUR  936 Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialty Role Immersion I  3
   NUR  937 Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialty Role Immersion II  3
   NURSE ANESTHESIA (64 credits)
   ANTR  541 Gross Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetists 4
NUR  908 Advanced Physical Assessment for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 3
NUR  909 Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 3
NUR  966 Applied Chemical and Physical Principles of Anesthesia Practice  3
   NUR  967 Basic Principles of Anesthesia  4
NUR  968 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Anesthesia Practice I  4
   NUR  969 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Anesthesia Practice II  4
NUR  970 Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I  3
   NUR  971 Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia II  3
   NUR  972 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia I  3
NUR  973 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia II  3
NUR  974 Introduction to Clinical Practicum  1
   NUR  975 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum I  2
   NUR  976 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum II  3
   NUR  977 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum III  3
   NUR  978 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum IV  4
   NUR  979 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum V  4
   NUR  980 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum VI  4
NUR  981 Anesthesia Seminar I  3
   NUR  982 Anesthesia Seminar II  3
3. Admission with a Post-Master's Degree
Admission to the Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is limited to: (1) master's prepared registered nurses graduated from an accredited master's program in nursing or; (2) those who hold a B.S.N. from an accredited nursing program and a master's degree that qualified them to sit for national certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Each applicant’s transcripts will be reviewed to determine gap between D.N.P. outcomes and their prior education.  All candidates will complete a project, practicum, identified courses, and a minimum of 23 credits.  Students will have an option to complete an additional APRN specialty if requested, and be admitted to a concentration.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the College of Nursing, and the admission requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in Nursing Practice, students must meet the requirements specified below.
1. All of the following courses (23 to 30 credits):
NUR  995 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I  4
   NUR  996 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II  3
   NUR  997 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III  3
   Elective – or core courses as determined by review of previous APRN education 13 to 20
2. Completion of a minimum of 1000 supervised clinical hours between the master’s degree program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. Students will enroll in NUR 990 Special Problems to complete an individualized clinical learning plan that will achieve the remaining required hours.

Provisional Status
Applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice, post B.S.N. in Nursing program may be accepted provisionally.  Provisionally admitted students are required to satisfy deficiencies as specified in the letter of admission and will be formally removed from provisional status once the deficiencies are satisfied. Students on provisional status may not progress in the program if deficiencies are not satisfied in the specified time frame. Provisional course work does not count towards fulfillment of degree requirements.   

Part-time Students
Although many nursing students pursue the Doctor of Nursing Practice, post B.S.N. on a part–time basis, all degree candidates will be expected to maintain minimum degree progress standards established by the College and published in the College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook. Students are also expected to complete at least one course per semester until the degree is earned.

Guidance Committee
Each student admitted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program will form a guidance committee with the approval and the assistance of the college. The guidance committee will consist of at least three members. A minimum of two will be Michigan State University College of Nursing graduate faculty.

Academic Standards
A cumulative grade–point average of 3.0 and a grade of 3.0 in each nursing course is required.

Comprehensive Examinations
In lieu of a comprehensive examination, students will complete 6 credits in a synthesis project. Students will be assigned a guidance committee who provides regular written and verbal feedback on project components, assists the student in setting reasonable timelines, and leads the proposal defense and final project presentation session.

Transfer Credits
Up to 25% of graduate course work may be transferred into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program from other accredited programs upon approval of the College of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLNCNEA), and/or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Time Limit
The time limit for completing the degree is six years from the beginning of the first semester in which credit toward the degree was earned.

 

Nursing - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in Nursing is designed to prepare nurse scientists to successfully address emerging health challenges locally, nationally, and globally by advancing knowledge in nursing and related disciplines.
 
A major emphasis of this program is to prepare graduates for a career in intervention and translation science in the areas of wellness behaviors, risk reduction, and self-symptom management.

Graduates of the program will be well-positioned to conduct original nursing research using appropriate designs, measures and analysis in student’s area of concentration; apply relevant concepts and theories and frameworks to promote optimal health among individuals, families, and populations; and to improve health outcomes through nursing interventions and translation of science.

Admission

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog, students must meet the requirements specified below.

  1. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 for all previous academic work.
  2. Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic sections completed within last five years.
  3. Bachelor's or master’s degree in nursing. Admission to the program without a master's degree in nursing may require additional course work as specified by the College of Nursing.
  4. Three letters of recommendation on official letterhead stationery from academic or employment sources that are knowledgeable about your potential for doctoral study and research in nursing.
  5. Written statement that addresses your area of research interest, program goals and career goals, and how the Michigan State University College of Nursing program and faculty fit those research interest and goals.
  6. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course with a grade of B (3.0) or better within the past five years.
  7. International applicants whose academic language in not English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as a condition for regular admission to Michigan State University. See the International Student Admission Minimum Requirement for Regular Admission section in the Graduate Education section of this catalog. All official transcripts must be translated into English by a certified translator.
  8. Must possess a current, unrestricted professional nursing license in Michigan or home jurisdiction.

Applicants with completed materials are reviewed by a faculty committee. Applicants identified as well-matched with the College of Nursing academic standards and program focus will be contacted for a required personal interview with representatives from the doctoral program faculty. Recommendations for admission are made by the faculty committee to the Director of the Doctoral Program and the Dean of the College based on the requirements for admission and the personal interview.

Students who do not meet the requirements for regular admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nursing program may be accepted provisionally. Provisionally admitted students are required to satisfy deficiencies as specified in the letter of admission and will be formally removed from provisional status once the deficiencies are satisfied. Students on provisional status may not progress in the program if deficiencies are not satisfied in the specified time frame. Provisional course work does not count towards fulfillment of degree requirements.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nursing

In addition to meeting the university requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, students will complete required courses which guide the student in the principles and methods of research for the evaluation and testing of current and developing theories relevant to nursing. Courses in the selected area of focus offer opportunity for students to build upon their educational and experiential backgrounds to develop greater depth of knowledge in their research area. Students will be required to participate in a research team to gain experience in the conduct of nursing research.

The program of study is planned by the student in consultation with the major professor and guidance committee. Components will include core nursing and selected courses relevant to the student’s chosen research concentration.  Each student must:

  1. complete a minimum of 66 credits of course work as defined below and approved by the guidance committee at time of admission.
  2. earn a grade of 3.0 or higher in each NUR course and have an overall grade-point average of 3.0 at graduation.
  3. satisfy Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCR) requirements.
  4. maintain University and College of Nursing compliance requirements.
  5. submit one external grant.
  6. submit a first-authored, peer-reviewed manuscript approved through the college process.
  7. pass the written and oral defense of the comprehensive examination.
  8. pass the written and oral defense of the dissertation
Course Requirements
1. All of the following (51 to 53 credits):
EPI 808 Biostatistics I 3
EPI 809 Biostatistics II 3
NUR 920 Translation of Research and Scientific Knowledge to a Community Setting 3
NUR 921 Scientific Foundations of Nursing Knowledge Development 3
NUR 922 Wellness and Risk Reduction Behaviors 3
or
NUR 923 Self and Symptom Management in Chronic Illness 3
NUR 924 Designing Interventions for Improving Health Outcomes 3
NUR 930 Methods in Clinical Research 3
NUR 940 Research Practicum 4 to 6
NUR 950 Nursing Research Seminar I 1
NUR 951 Nursing Research Seminar II 1
NUR 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research 24
2. A minimum of 6 credits in advanced research methodology and analysis, as approved by the student's guidance committee. 6
3. A qualitative research course as approved by committee. 3
4. At least two courses in area of focus, as approved by committee. 6

Transfer Credits

Up to 45% (22 semester credits) of graduate course work (excluding dissertation credits) may be transferred into the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program from other accredited institutions upon the approval of the College of Nursing.

Transfer of course credits from other accredited institutions must be completed through the following procedure:

  1. Course credits for transfer must be part of the student’s program plan and must be approved by the student’s guidance committee and the director of the doctoral program. The student is responsible for requesting that an official transcript of the grade(s) for course work completed at another institution be sent to the Director of the Doctoral Program in the College of Nursing.
  2. When requesting credit for transfer courses completed without prior approval, students must submit the course syllabi and an official transcript for review and approval by the student’s guidance committee and the director of the doctoral program.