Nursing Science

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing prepares students for careers as clinical nurse scientists and faculty. Admission into the program is only offered once a year, with an application deadline of February 1st for students to begin classes in Fall. Admission can occur at the Post-BSN or Post-MSN levels. The Ph.D. program is rooted in foundations of theory and research with the expectation of students to become teachers and disseminators of knowledge in the field of Nursing.

Ph.D. Admissions Requirements

Program Length: 3 – 6 Years

Admissions Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program the following factors are required:

  • Online application submitted via NursingCAS. View a video overview on completing NursingCAS application.
  • NursingCAS application fee
  • Bachelors in Nursing and/or Masters in Nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing (NLNAC, CCNE)
  • Submit official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended, even if no degree awarded, to NursingCAS. International transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential service. *For more information regarding international applicant requirements, click here.
  • Grade Point Average of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher is required
  • Basic statistics course
  • Official copy of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, if international applicant. TOEFL and IELTS scores can be no more than two (2) years old. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required on the paper examination; minimum 250 on the computer-based examination; or, minimum 68 on the internet based examination.  A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for graduate admission is required.  TOEFL school code: 3383
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Texas or Compact State. International applicants should contact the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies to determine licensure requirements.
  • Current BLS for Healthcare Providers Certification through the American Heart Association.
  • Current Required Immunizations
  • Proof of Current Health Insurance Coverage
  • Clear Criminal Background Check
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Three Professional References (Submit via NursingCAS Application)
  • Official results from the GRE exam taken within the last 5 years should indicate strong verbal, quantitative and analytic potential.
  • Professional Goal Statement/Essay (Submit via Supplemental Application, not via NursingCAS application)
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • School of Nursing application fee
  • Interview and Admission Essay

Application Deadline:  Deadline for fall entrance is April 1 (Ph.D. applications are accepted only once each year)

Start Term:  Fall

Contact: 

Office of Admissions

School of Nursing

UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, MSC 7945
San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
Phone: 210-567-5805
Toll Free: 877-235-0341

FAX 210-567-6189
http://nursing.uthscsa.edu/

Ph.D. Degree Requirements and Graduation

Students may enter the Ph.D. program post baccalaureate degree in nursing or post master’s degree in nursing.

Full-time and part-time study options are available. Part-time study for doctoral students is defined as six credit hours or two courses per semester.

Students complete 81 semester credit hours (which includes previous graduate course work) in three to six years.

 All policies of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences http://gsbs.uthscsa.edu are applicable to this program of study.

Ph.D. Nursing Science Plan of Study

BSN to Ph.D. Full Time 

First Year
Fall SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7325Philosophy Of Nursing Science 3
NURS 6315Informatics & Health Care Technologies 3
NURS 7316Statistical Analysis For Nursing Science 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.09.0
First Year
Spring SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7310Theory Development, Analysis And Evaluation In Nursing 3
NURS 5339Leadership and Health Policy for Quality and Safety 3
NURS 7322Healthcare Policy Analysis and Advocacy 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.09.0
First Year
Summer SessionTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 6380Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
NURS 5356Financial and Economic Evidence In Health Care 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
Second Year
Fall SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7105Role Of The Clinical Nurse Scientist 1
NURS 7226Ethics Of Nursing Science 2
NURE 7315Applications of Research In Nursing 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
Second Year
Spring SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7381Nursing: Synthesis And Application Of Clinical Research 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.03.0
Second Year
Summer SessionTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7380Qualitative Inquiry For Clinical Nursing Research 3
NURS 7374Nursing-Content & Practice: Quantitative Research Methodology 1 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
Third Year
Fall SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7375Regression Models For Nursing Science 3
NURS 6071Supervised Teaching 1
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.04.0
Third Year
Spring SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7383Qualitative Methods 2: Application In Nursing Science 3
NURS 7373Nursing: Quantitative Research Methods 2 3
NURE 5090Special Topics In Nursing 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.09.0
Third Year
Summer SessionTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7377Mixed Methods For Clinical Nurse Scientists 3
NURS 7382Structural Equation Models For Nursing Science 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURE 7315Applications of Research In Nursing 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.03.0
Fourth Year
Spring SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURE 7090Dissertation Proposal Process 1-6
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.01.0-6.0
Fourth Year
Summer SessionTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURE 7090Dissertation Proposal Process 1-6
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.01.0-6.0
Fifth Year
Fall SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7099Dissertation 6
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
Fifth Year
Spring SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7099Dissertation 6
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
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Part time plan of study varies for the BSN to Ph.D., please contact department

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  6 hours of Cognate courses must be completed prior to or during the same term as Qualifying Exams

Post-MSN to Ph.D. Full Time 

First Year
Fall SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7316Statistical Analysis For Nursing Science 3
NURS 7325Philosophy Of Nursing Science 3
NURS 7105Role Of The Clinical Nurse Scientist 1
NURE 7215Applications Of Research In Nursing 2
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.09.0
First Year
Spring SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7310Theory Development, Analysis And Evaluation In Nursing 3
NURS 7381Nursing: Synthesis And Application Of Clinical Research 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
First Year
Summer SessionTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7380Qualitative Inquiry For Clinical Nursing Research 3
NURS 7374Nursing-Content & Practice: Quantitative Research Methodology 1 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
Second Year
Fall SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7226Ethics Of Nursing Science 2
NURS 7375Regression Models For Nursing Science 3
NURS 6071Supervised Teaching 1
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
Second Year
Spring SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7383Qualitative Methods 2: Application In Nursing Science 3
NURS 7373Nursing: Quantitative Research Methods 2 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
Second Year
Summer SessionTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7377Mixed Methods For Clinical Nurse Scientists 3
NURS 7382Structural Equation Models For Nursing Science 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.06.0
Third Year
Fall SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURE 7315Applications of Research In Nursing 3
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.03.0
Third Year
Spring SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURE 7090Dissertation Proposal Process 1-6
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.01.0-6.0
Third Year
Summer SessionTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURE 7090Dissertation Proposal Process 1-6
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.01.0-6.0
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7099Dissertation 1-9
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.01.0-9.0
Fourth Year
Spring SemesterTheoryClinicalLabContSCH
NURS 7099Dissertation 1-9
 Total Credit Hours: 0.00.00.00.01.0-9.0
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 6 hours of Cognate courses must be completed prior to or during the same term as Qualifying Exams

Ph.D. Program Outcomes

At the completion of the doctoral program the student will:

  1. Generate and extend knowledge through intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship.
  2. Examine policies, trends and resources that influence the generation of knowledge and its use in health care.
  3. Communicate knowledge to communities of interest to advance health care in culturally diverse, global societies.
  4. Infuse a nursing perspective into interdisciplinary research and scholarly endeavors.
  5. Engage individuals, communities, and global societies to promote health through interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Ph.D. in nursing program is offered by the Health Science Center School of Nursing (SON). The Ph.D. degree is awarded by the Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Ph.D. Program Policies

General Information

Information about academic progression, policies, or procedures, as well as curriculum information, may be obtained from the Office for Academic Affairs.

Current Licensure as a Registered Nurse

Each graduate nursing student is required to maintain current licensure in good standing as a registered nurse in Texas, or a Compact State with multistate privileges, throughout the graduate program.  Students must provide a copy of the license verification to the Office for Academic Affairs. Failure to maintain a current license in good standing or to produce proof of current licensure in good standing is grounds for dismissal from the program. International students in the Ph.D. program should contact the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies regarding applicable licensure requirements.

Advisement

Each student enrolled in the graduate program is assigned  an advisor in the Office for Academic Affairs. 

Independent Study

Guidelines for design and approval of Independent Studies are available from the Office for Academic Affairs. COGS must approve the Independent Study before the student may register for the course. Courses for summer and fall must be approved in the spring; courses for spring must be approved during the fall semester.

Dissertation

The Graduate School Instructions for Preparation and Submission of Thesis, Dissertations, and Dissertation Abstracts and forms for advisor approval are available from the GSBS website. Doctoral students should obtain a copy of the Guidelines that provide information about the dissertation process.

Teaching Assistants

Opportunities are available for graduate nursing students enrolled part-time to work as teaching assistants in the School of Nursing. Interested applicants should contact the Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity in the School of Nursing for additional information.

Transfer of Credit

Academic work for the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice are usually completed within the Health Science Center. However, students may, with the approval of the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS), transfer from another accredited institution a maximum of six semester credit hours (9 quarter hours) of graduate credit applicable to their course of study leading toward the Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice or Ph.D. in Nursing degrees.

Additional graduate courses may be transferred from other accredited institutions upon the approval of the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS), with the number not to exceed an additional six semester credit hours.  Approval of courses beyond the six semester hours or courses to be accepted in lieu of required, clinical major or minor courses must be submitted to COGS. The student may obtain additional information about materials that must be submitted with the petition from the Office for Academic Affairs. Approval of any course for transfer, prior to registration for the course, is strongly recommended. Ph.D. students must consult with their advisor prior to registering for cognate courses taken outside the School of Nursing.

Approval of transfer credit requires that the student be enrolled in the graduate program. The student must complete a Request for Transfer of Credit form and submit it to the Office for Academic Affairs with an official course description from the Catalog and must make certain that an official transcript, sent directly from the college or university attended, is in her/his file or request that a transcript be sent as soon as the course is completed. All courses must have been completed not more than five years before the degree is awarded. Courses in which a grade of C or less has been earned will not be accepted for transfer.

Honors

A graduate nursing student whose grade point average is 4.0 is awarded her/his degree with High Honors.

Grades and Grade Point Average

The standing of students in their work is expressed by five grades: A (above average graduate work), B (average graduate work), C (below average graduate work), D (failing graduate work), and F (failing graduate work). D and F grades are not acceptable for graduate credit. Students may also register in certain courses on a pass/fail basis, in which case the grade is recorded as either Pass (P) or Fail (F) and no letter grade is assigned. 

Other symbols used in reporting the standing of students in their classes are: WP=withdrawal from course passing; WF=withdrawal from course failing; I=incomplete; IP=in progress (for selected courses); S=satisfactory; U=unsatisfactory; AU records an audited course.

Courses in which a student receives a D or F will not be counted toward the total number of courses and/or hours required for a graduate degree in the School of Nursing or the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. However, all grades (A to F) are included in the computation of the grade point average. In computing the grade point average, the following scale of points per semester credit hour is used:

A = 4 points (90-100)

B = 3 points (80-89)

C = 2 points (70-79)

D = 1 point (60-69)

F = 0 points (Below 60)

Progression in the Graduate Program

To continue in the PhD program, a student must:

  • absolve any contingencies related to admission to the program within the time period stated in the letter of admission, or within the first semester if not stated;
  • maintain satisfactory progress (B average in first 9 hours) if conditionally admitted;
  • receive no more than one C in any course;
  • maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) for all courses taken while enrolled in the graduate program.

Should a student fail to meet the criteria for continuance in the program, her/his progress will be reviewed by the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) which may:

  • impose conditions as requirements for continuation in the program, or
  • terminate the student’s enrollment in the program, with the consent of the Dean of the School of Nursing or the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Scholastic Probation

A student whose cumulative grade point average or nursing grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation and warned that continuation in the graduate program is in jeopardy.

The probation period shall extend no longer than two consecutive semesters of enrollment. No more than one probationary period shall be permitted. NURE (elective) courses may not be taken during the probationary period, and the student may not drop any course after the first class day.

To be removed from probation, the student must achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average by the completion of the probationary period. Failure to accomplish the required average will result in the student’s dismissal from the program.

The progress of students on probation will be reviewed by the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) each semester. A student on probation will not be admitted to candidacy nor awarded a degree. Satisfactory progress toward the degree is required throughout the student’s enrollment. The Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) may terminate a student’s enrollment at any time if the student does not meet the criteria for continuance in the program.

Probation Policy and Procedure

  1. Definition: Probation is the status of the student whose progression in the program may be delayed, interrupted or conditional due to the criteria listed below.
  2. Criteria for Probation in the Nursing Program includes any one of the following:
    1. Earning a grade of “C” in a graduate course
    2. Earning a grade in a  graduate course that drops the GPA below 3.0
    3. Failure to meet any of the School of Nursing Policies related to academic or professional conduct
    4. Failure to meet the terms of professional integrity standards defined in the current University Catalog, the Texas State Board of Nursing Nurse Practice Act, the Texas State Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics.
  3. Probation Procedure
    1. Initial Review of Recommendation for Probation
      1. The faculty member of record for each course will notify, in writing, a student who meets the criteria set forth in provision 2 and refer the student to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies within 2 business days of the occurrence of the criteria set forth in provision 2.
      2. The student may present his/her case to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, if requested in writing, within 3 business days of notification of the probation recommendation. If the student wishes to bring a person outside of the School of Nursing to the meeting, he/she must indicate this in the request to the  Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. If the person attending the meeting with the student is an attorney, the meeting will be held with the University attorney present. 
    2. If the review results in validation of  the criteria set forth in provision 2, the  Associate Dean for Graduate Studies will recommend in writing one or more of the following actions to the Dean of the School of Nursing:
      1. Earning a Grade of C or a grade that drops the GPA below 3.0
        1. A written “Probation Letter of Expectation” that determines the length and conditions of the  probation period which may include, but are not limited, any one of the following:
        • Referral of the student to resources and support services for academic success
        • Referral of the student to the faculty to devise a written plan for academic success.
        • Referral of the student to the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services for non-academic support
      2. Failure to meet School of Nursing Policies or failure to meet the terms of professional integrity standards defined in the current University Catalog, the Texas State Board of Nursing Nurse Practice Act, the Texas State Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics
        1. The  Associate Dean for Graduate Studies will present a recommendation for the “Probation Letter of Expectation” that determines the length and conditions of the probation to the Committee on Graduate Studies.
        2. The Committee on Graduate Studies will act on the recommendation for the “Probation Letter of Expectation”.
        3. The final decision for probation and the terms of the probation will be made by the Committee on Graduate Studies and will be delivered to the student in writing by certified letter to the student’s address of record and copied to the Dean of the School of Nursing.
        4. When indicated, the incident will be reported to the local law enforcement agency and/or other appropriate agencies, institutions, and/or regulatory bodies by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
        5. If the review of the recommendation for probation results in a recommendation for dismissal, the policy and procedure for dismissal will supersede the policy and procedure for probation.

Dismissal Policy and Procedure

  1. Definition:  Dismissal is the removal of a student from the School of Nursing Graduate Program.  A student who is dismissed from the graduate program may not continue in the graduate nursing program and is not eligible for readmission.
  2. Criteria for Dismissal from the Graduate Nursing Program includes any one of the following:
    1. Earning a grade of “D”, “F”,  “Fail” or "U" in any required graduate course
    2. Earning a grade of “C” in 6 or more credit hours of required  graduate coursework  regardless of cumulative GPA or in two graduate courses regardless of  the number of credit hours and cumulative GPA
    3. Failure to meet the conditions of the School of Nursing “Probation Letter of Expectation”
    4. Failure to meet the terms of professional integrity and ethical standards defined in the current University Catalog, the Texas State Board of Nursing Nurse Practice Act, the Texas State Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics. When indicated, the incident will be reported to the local law enforcement agency and/or other appropriate agencies, institutions, and/or regulatory bodies.
    5. Failure to notify the school of non-matriculation for two consecutive semesters (excluding summers). 
  3. Dismissal Procedure
    1. The faculty member of record for each course will notify, in writing, a student who meets the criteria set forth in provision 2 and refer the student to the Assiociate Dean for Graduate Studies within 2 business days of the occurrence of the criteria set forth in provision 2.
    2. When a student meets criteria in provision 2 above, he or she will be dismissed from his or her program.  The student will receive notification of dismissal via a certified letter from the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies also sent to the Dean of the School of Nursing, the student's file in the Graduate Office and to the Registrar for the student’s permanent record. The Associate Dean for Graduate Studies has full authority to proceed autonomously according to policy, but may choose to seek input from the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS).

  A student who is dismissed from his or her program is not eligible to register for additional courses. If the student has already registered for subsequent courses, the student will be required to unenroll.

     4. Student Appeal of Dismissal

a. In the event of extenuating circumstances, a student may choose to appeal dismissal from his or her program. All appeals are presented to and reviewed by the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS).

A request for appeal of dismissal and presentation to COGS must be sent by the student in writing to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies within 3 business days of receiving the certified letter of dismissal. The student must indicate in the request if he or she wishes to bring a person outside of the School of Nursing to the meeting. If the person attending the meeting with the student is an attorney, the meeting will be held with the University attorney present.  The student may also request to bring other appropriate faculty to the meeting with COGS. The Committee on Graduate Studies may request University employees or supervising clinical agency personnel attend the appeal or meet with them prior to deliberating. A review of the student’s records may also be conducted.

           The  Associate Dean for Graduate Studies will notify the student, in writing via email, that his or her case will be presented to the Committee on Graduate Studies. The written communication will include the date and time of the presentation. Student presentations are limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.
         
          b. After the student presentation is concluded, and any additional information deemed appropriate to the situation is obtained, the Committee on Graduate Studies will review all information related to the criteria set forth in provision 2 for adherence to process and outcome actions. The faculty voting members of the Committee on Graduate Studies, in closed deliberation with the  Associate Dean for Graduate Studies can recommend one or more of the following actions:

i. Uphold the decision to dismiss the student from the School of Nursing Graduate Program

ii. Amend the dismissal decision to probation in the Graduate Nursing Program per explicit terms and expectations deemed appropriate by COGS and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
iii. Reconsideration of dismissal due to adherence concerns with process; including next steps

c. A written recommendation from the Chairperson of the Committee on Graduate Studies will be made to the Dean of the School of Nursing.
d. The final decision will be made by the Dean and will be delivered to the student in writing by certified letter to the student’s address of record.  A student who receives probation in the Graduate Nursing Program is not eligible to re-enroll in courses the semester immediately following the semester in which the student originally met criteria for dismissal.  A student who is dismissed from the School of Nursing may not continue in the Graduate Nursing Program and is not eligible for readmission.

Petition

Students may petition the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) for the consideration of relevant issues influencing program progression and/or completion. Students who wish to petition COGS should consult with the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, and then complete the Student Petition Form that is available from the Office for Academic Affairs. Decisions regarding the petition will be communicated in writing to the students.

Petitions for reconsideration of the decision of COGS are reviewed by the Dean of the School of Nursing. The Dean’s decisions are final.

Repetition of a Course

Credit for courses in which a D or F is received may not be repeated  and is grounds for dismissal as indicated in the dismissal policy.

The Semester Credit Hour

The unit of measure for credit purposes is the semester credit hour. One semester credit hour is given for each one clock hour of class or one clock hour of seminar for didactic courses. Four clock hours per one semester credit hour of laboratory/practicum/computer lab experience per week, per semester is given in the Nurse Practitioner majors, Nursing Education major, Administrative Management and Clinical Nurse Leader majors and all tracks in the DNP Program.  For selected sessions and summer sessions during which the class, seminar, and practicum hours are concentrated, equivalent clock hours are provided.

Dissertation Course Report

The dissertation course may be reported as In Progress (IP) until the work is completed. The dissertation course is not counted in the grade point average.

Examinations

Individuals who have previously been enrolled in graduate nursing courses should complete an Application for Readmission. Transcripts from any colleges or universities attended since the time of the previous enrollment in the graduate programs must be submitted. Applicants may be requested to provide recent professional references. Proof of current licensure as a registered nurse in Texas is also required.

Individuals who have not registered in three consecutive terms, excluding summers, must apply for readmission unless they were previously granted official permission for leave of absence.

Those seeking readmission are subject to all requirements, procedures, and acceptance considerations outlined in this Catalog.

Courses

NURE 5090. Special Topics In Nursing. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Various topics offered. Topics include, but are not limited to 1) "Adolescent Pregnancy: Nursing Implications of Biological, Psychological, and Sociological Perspectives"- focuses on nursing intervention related to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of adolescent pregnancy and parenthood. The course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the nursing implications of interdisciplinary research and non-research literature on this increasing problem of premature childbearing and parenting. The scope of the focus includes the pregnant and parenting adolescent mother and father, the family structure, the community, and the greater society. Clock hours: three class hours per week. 2) "Anthropological Perspectives on Nursing and Health" - taught as a seminar, and will offer a review of concepts and methods of anthropology as they have been applied to problems of nursing and health. A major focus will be how anthropologists have investigated and analyzed health-related behaviors. This information will then be related to nursing science and practice, to see how the anthropological perspective can offer solutions or new approaches. Topics will include cultural variation in illness beliefs and illness behavior, types of healing practices, international health, the culture of health care, and narrative representations of illness and healing. Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURE 7090. Dissertation Proposal Process. 1-6 Credit Hours.

This elective course provides an opportunity for doctoral candidates to work closely with their dissertation committee to develop the dissertation proposal and proceed through the Graduate Faculty Council approval process. Successful completion of the written and oral qualifying examinations required prior to enrolling in this course.

NURE 7215. Applications Of Research In Nursing. 2 Credit Hours.

The focus of this course is the application of the research process. During this mentored practicum the student actively participates in selected aspects of a research project.

NURE 7315. Applications of Research In Nursing. 3 Credit Hours.

The focus of this course is the application of the research process. During this mentored practicum the student actively participates in selected aspects of a research project.

NURS 5339. Leadership and Health Policy for Quality and Safety. 3 Credit Hours.

Leadership principles and theories germane to an increasingly complex, rapidly changing global healthcare landscape will be explored. Primary focus will be the development of change capacity and policy making within microsystems, mesosystems and microsystems to transform health. Global health impact, interprofessional collaboration, and advocacy initiatives will be explored. Course content will include complexity theory and continuous quality improvement models, processes and tools to realize measurable health outcomes. Analysis will include political, demographic and economic forces that influence health policy and professional practice. Nuanced ethical and legal dimensions of practice will be explored. Reflective analysis of individual student leadership development will frame learning application. Graduate standing is required to register for this course. Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 5356. Financial and Economic Evidence In Health Care. 3 Credit Hours.

The student is introduced to the economic and financial factors affecting practice in a complex healthcare environment. Principles of healthcare economics, third party reimbursement, developing budgets, variance and economic evaluation methods, are considered.

NURS 6071. Supervised Teaching. 1-6 Credit Hours.

Directed teaching in the major area under close supervision of one or more faculty members is required of each doctoral student. Up to six semester credit hours toward a degree may be granted to the student who satisfactorily completes the graduate courses in Supervised Teaching in her/his area of study. (Optional).

NURS 6380. Fundamentals of Epidemiology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to study the distribution and determinants of health and disease in human populations. Improving health by altering personal and environmental risk factors will be a major focus. Epidemiological research using technology and public health informatics will be introduced. Clock hours: 45 clock hours. Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 6315. Informatics & Health Care Technologies. 3 Credit Hours.

This course addresses advanced leadership roles in the clinical setting related to information systems and patient care technology. The content focuses on information systems that assist in monitoring outcomes and quality improvement, patient safety, and evaluation and selection of patient care technology and consumer health information sources. Legal and ethical issues related to information systems and patient care technology will be explored. Graduate Standing is a prerequisite for this course. Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 7099. Dissertation. 1-9 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy for Doctor of Philosophy degree; registration for two terms is required of PhD candidates.

NURS 7105. Role Of The Clinical Nurse Scientist. 1 Credit Hour.

This course will focus on the professional and ethical roles and responsibilities of the Clinical Nurse Scientist in advancing the discipline of nursing through the generation of clinical knowledge, discovery, and theory development. Potential settings for practice that are traditional, such as academic health centers as well as emerging venues, will be explored. Discussions about issues that may affect the Clinical Nurse Scientist in developing lifelong career/scholarship trajectories will occur.

NURS 7226. Ethics Of Nursing Science. 2 Credit Hours.

The focus of this course is on the ethical imperative/implications in the role of the clinical nurse scientist. Current ethical theories are critiqued and the ethical implications of the major research paradigms are evaluated. Ethical issues arising from selected theoretical/research approaches are examined.

NURS 7310. Theory Development, Analysis And Evaluation In Nursing. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides opportunity to study a system for the development of nursing science through middle-range theory development. Learning activities include engaging in strategies for concept, statement clarification, and theory clarification. Students and faculty dialog about theory application, theory construction, evaluation, and clinical testing of theory. The relationship between research and clinical practice to theory generation and testing is explored. The student and faculty will have the opportunity to gain practice in strategies for middle-range theory building. Prerequisites: NURS 7325 and NURS 7226.

NURS 7316. Statistical Analysis For Nursing Science. 3 Credit Hours.

The foundational course focuses on statistics and computing skills that assist students to understand statistical methods, gain computing skills, interpret and perform basic statistical tests, and critique typical quantitative articles. Clock Hours: 3 clock hours class. Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

NURS 7322. Healthcare Policy Analysis and Advocacy. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating public policy process; engaging in policy decision-making process; participating in health services research, policy, and economic analysis; and political advocacy. Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 7325. Philosophy Of Nursing Science. 3 Credit Hours.

The focus of this course is on articulating the differences in models of knowing and on analyzing the role of science and scientists in society. Emphasis is on the process of analysis, the ability to present the pros and cons of current and anticipated ethical issues, influencing specific clinical situations, and on development and use of technologies in health care. Clock hours: 4 seminar hours per week. Prerequisites: study of advanced professional elements and issues; role(s) socialization.

NURS 7373. Nursing: Quantitative Research Methods 2. 3 Credit Hours.

This course presents modern and classical psychometrics for nursing science from the perspective of item response theory. Most of the course will cover classical test theory from the perspective of modern test theory. An introduction to binary item response theory will also be presented. The course will emphasize applications within the context of modern psychometric principles. Prerequisites: NURS 7325, NURS 7226, NURS 7374, NURS 7310, NURS 7380, NURS 7375 Corequisites: NURS 7381 Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 7374. Nursing-Content & Practice: Quantitative Research Methodology 1. 3 Credit Hours.

Integration of the research process and qualitative and quantitative analysis, including concept mapping, operationalization of concepts, and appropriate statistical treatments, make up the content of this course. The course will incorporate identifying clinical research questions and developing study proposals for such questions. Clock Hours: three class hours. Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 7375. Regression Models For Nursing Science. 3 Credit Hours.

This course presents regression analysis at an intermediate level. Course will focus on regression for continuous variables: specification, estimation, testing, and diagnostics. Logistic regression for binomial and multinomial variables, log-linear regression for count variables, and proportional hazards regression for duration variables will be explored. An introduction to multilevel regression will occur. Prerequisites: Graduate standing Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 7377. Mixed Methods For Clinical Nurse Scientists. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will cover the use of mixed methods, quantitative and qualitative, to address complex research questions in nursing and health care. Problems of trying to merge methods and practical strategies for accomplishing this successfully, as well as paradigmatic issues, will be discussed. Prior products developed in quantitative and qualitative methods classes to devise a mixed method proposal that integrates readings on mixed methods with the student's own research interests will be used. Prerequisites: NURS 7374 and NURS 7380 Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 7380. Qualitative Inquiry For Clinical Nursing Research. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will introduce students to qualitative inquiry as an approach to knowledge discovery applicable to clinical nursing research. Students will analyze, compare, and contrast a variety of qualitative approaches including philosophical underpinnings, methodologies, and applications. Those approaches may include: Phenomenology, ethnography, grounded theory, case study, historical research, naturalistic inquiry, interpretive analysis, action research, and focus-group methods. Criteria for evaluating qualitative research reports to critique qualitative research studies will be utilized. The relationship between a clinical problem and specific research methods will be analyzed. Students will have the opportunity to develop research questions and analyze their applicability to specific clinical issues, and learn varied strategies for collecting and analyzing qualitative research data. Prerequisites: NURS 7325, NURS 7226, and NURS 7310 Corequisites: NURS 7325, NURS 7226, and NURS 7310 Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 7381. Nursing: Synthesis And Application Of Clinical Research. 3 Credit Hours.

This course integrates the dynamic elements of clinical practice, theory, and research to prepare doctoral students to function effectively in the synthesis and application of clinical research. This course provides guided direction in the processes used for dissertation development and grant application proposals. Students are required to be actively involved in the critique and analysis of published literature and other students' dissertation proposals, grant applications, and manuscripts. Prerequisites: NURS 7325, NURS 7226, NURS 7310, NURS 7374, NURS 7375, and NURS 7105 Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 7382. Structural Equation Models For Nursing Science. 3 Credit Hours.

This course presents structural equation modeling (SEM) for nursing science. The course will begin with a review of regression from an SEM perspective. The first major topic of the course will be path analysis, including model specification, methods of estimation, recursive and non-recursive models, direct, indirect, and total effects, methods of estimation, single and multi-group analyses, moderators and mediators, and the assessment of causality. The second major topic will be psychometrics from an SEM perspective, including congeneric test theory, reliability and stability, convergent and discriminant validity, and confirmatory factor analysis. The third major topic will combine the first two into structural equations, including model specification and identification, methods of estimation, second-order factor analysis, and the assessment of causal structure. Prior completion of Intermediate statistics is required to register for this course. Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.

NURS 7383. Qualitative Methods 2: Application In Nursing Science. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to conceptualize a research problem from a qualitative perspective, to study one specific method (grounded theory, ethnography, phenomenology, hermeneutics), and to practice qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis in that method. Students will have opportunities to write a mini-proposal guided by a qualitative research question and leading to a specific qualitative research approach to the problem. There will be opportunities for participating in Mock reviews of qualitative research proposals (either as investigator or reviewer). Students will have the opportunity to learn the IRB approval process with qualitative proposals and will have opportunities to develop pilot research strategies building to a dissertation proposal. Strategies will include interviewing, focus group, or participant observation following the selected method. Through this process students are required to practice and learn strategies and processes for conceptualizing and implementing a qualitative study guided by a specific qualitative methodology. Prerequisites: NURS 7325, NURS 7226, NURS 7374, and NURS 7380 Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available basis.