PhD Plans of Study

Post-BSN without Master's

Sample Plan of Study for Post-BSN to PhD Full-Time Students

Post-BSN to PhD (without a master’s) entry option requires students to take 18 graduate credits at UMSON.

Fall Year One Credits
NRSG 790  Methods for Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
NRSG 782  Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership and Quality Improvement 3
  Elective 3
Spring Year One    
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3
NRSG 780 Population Health and Promotion 3
  Elective 3
Summer Year One    
  May take NRSG courses or elective in the summer  
     
  Total Graduate Credits 18

The student will merge with Post-Master’s to PhD entry students to utilize summer sessions for elective credits and dissertation research.

Fall Year Two Credits
NURS 840 Philosophy of Science and Development of Theory   3
NURS 850    Experimental Nursing Research Designs
P or C: NURS 840, NURS 851
3
NURS 851 Analysis for Experimental Nursing Research Designs
P or C: NURS 840, NURS 850
3
NURS 802  Research and Scholarship Seminar 1
  Total Credits 10
Spring Year Two  
NURS 841    Theory and Conceptualization in Nursing Science
P: NURS 840                                 
3
NURS 814 Design and Analysis for Non-Experimental Nursing Research
P: NURS 850 and NURS 851
3
NURS 815 Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research
P: NURS 840
3
NURS 819 Research Rotation* 2
  Total Credits 11
Summer Year Two  
NURS 819 Research Rotation* 2
  Elective 3
  Total Credits 5
Fall Year Three Credits
NURS 811 Measurement of Nursing Phenomena      
P: NURS 840, NURS 841, NURS 850, NURS 851, NURS 814, NURS 815, and recommend concurrent enrollment in NURS 816 or permission of the instructor
3
NURS 816  

Multivariable Modeling Approaches in Health Sciences Research
P: NURS 840, NURS 841, NURS 850, NURS 851, NURS 814, NURS 815, and recommend concurrent enrollment in NURS 811 or permission of the instructor

4
NURS 818 Research Practicum I**
P:  Completion of four credits of NURS 819
3
  Total Credits 10
Spring Year Three  
NURS 818 Research Practicum II** 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Total Credits 9
Summer Year Three  
  Elective 3
  Total Credits 3
Fall Year 4 and Following  
  Dissertation Credits  
  Total Credits 12

 

  Total Credits 60

 

*Research Rotation: A total of four research rotation credits are required for all students. One credit equals three hours/week or 45 hours over the semester.

**Research Practicum: A total of six credits of NURS 818 are required. These credits are intended to focus on the student’s research area where time is spent preparing for comprehensive exams, learning new techniques, conducting preliminary analyses, etc. As with NURS 819, for one credit, students are expected to devote 45 hours over the semester.

P- Prerequisite
C - Concurrent

Post-BSN with Master's

Sample Plan of Study for Post-BSN with a Master's to PhD Full-Time Students

This plan of study utilizes summer sessions for elective credits and dissertation research. Students who seek to complete the program in three years must begin dissertation work and take heavier credit loads in year two.

Fall Year One Credits
NURS 840 Philosophy of Science and Development of Theory    3
NURS 850     Experimental Nursing Research Designs
P or C: NURS 840, NURS 851
3
NURS 851 Analysis for Experimental Nursing Research Designs
P or C: NURS 840, NURS 850
3
NURS 802 Research and Scholarship Seminar 1
  Total Credits 10
Spring Year One Credits
NURS 841 Theory and Conceptualization in Nursing Science
P: NURS 840
3
NURS 814 Design and Analysis for Non-Experimental Nursing Research
P: NURS 850 and NURS 851
3
NURS 815 Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research
P: NURS 840
3
NURS 819 Research Rotation* 2
  Total Credits 11
Summer Year One Credits
     
NURS 819 Research Rotation* 2
  Elective 3
  Total Credits 5
Fall Year Two Credits
NURS 811 Measurement of Nursing Phenomena
P: NURS 840, NURS 841, NURS 850, NURS 851, NURS 814, NURS 815, and recommend concurrent enrollment in NURS 816 or permission of the instructor
3
NURS 816 Multivariable Modeling Approaches in Health Sciences Research
P: NURS 840, NURS 841, NURS 850, NURS 851, NURS 814, NURS 815, and recommend concurrent enrollment in NURS 811 or permission of the instructor
4
NURS 818 Research Practicum I**
P: Completion of four credits of NURS 819
3
  Total Credits 10
Spring Year Two Credits
NURS 818 Research Practicum II** 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Total Credits 9
Summer Year Two Credits
  Elective 3
  Total Credits 3
Fall Year Three and Following Credits
  Dissertation Credits  
  Total Credits 12

 

  Total Credits 60

 

*Research Rotation:  A total of four research rotation credits are required for all students. One credit equals three hours/week or 45 hours over the semester.

**Research Practicum: A total of six credits of NURS 818 are required. These credits are intended to focus on the student’s research area where time is spent preparing for comprehensive exams, learning new techniques, conducting preliminary analyses, etc.  As with NURS 819, for one credit, students are expected to devote 45 hours over the semester.

P- Prerequisite
C - Concurrent

Post-Master's

Full-Time Students

Sample Plan of Study for Post-Master's to PhD Entry Full-Time Students

This plan of study utilizes summer sessions for elective credits and dissertation research. The student not wishing to study during summer sessions would need to increase the credit load each semester or prolong the program of study. Students who seek to complete the program in three years must begin dissertation work and take heavier credit loads in year two.

Fall Year One Credits
NURS 840 Philosophy of Science and Development of Theory    3
NURS 850     Experimental Nursing Research Designs
P or C: NURS 840, NURS 851
3
NURS 851 Analysis for Experimental Nursing Research Designs
P or C: NURS 840, NURS 850
3
NURS 802 Research and Scholarship Seminar 1
  Total Credits 10
Spring Year One Credits
NURS 841 Theory and Conceptualization in Nursing Science
P: NURS 840
3
NURS 814 Design and Analysis for Non-Experimental Nursing Research
P: NURS 850 and NURS 851
3
NURS 815 Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research
P: NURS 840
3
NURS 819 Research Rotation* 2
  Total Credits 11
Summer Year One Credits
     
NURS 819 Research Rotation* 2
  Specialty Elective 3
  Total Credits 5
Fall Year Two Credits
NURS 811 Measurement of Nursing Phenomena
P: NURS 840, NURS 841, NURS 850, NURS 851, NURS 814, NURS 815, and recommend concurrent enrollment in NURS 816 or permission of the instructor
3
NURS 816 Multivariable Modeling Approaches in Health Sciences Research
P: NURS 840, NURS 841, NURS 850, NURS 851, NURS 814, NURS 815, and recommend concurrent enrollment in NURS 811 or permission of the instructor
4
NURS 818 Research Practicum I**
P:  Completion of four credits of NURS 819
3
  Total Credits 10
Spring Year Two Credits
  Specialty Elective 3
NURS 818 Research Practicum II** 3
  Specialty Elective 3
  Total Credits 9
Summer Year Two Credits
  Specialty Elective 3
  Total Credits 3
Fall Year Three and Following Credits
  Dissertation Credits  
  Total Credits 12

 

  Total Credits 60

 

*Research Rotation: A total of four research rotation credits are required for all students. One credit equals three hours/week or 45 hours over the semester. Rotations are recommended to be taken earlier in the plan of study.

**Research Practicum: A total of six credits of NURS 818 are required. These are intended to focus on the student’s research area where time is spent preparing for comprehensive exams, learning new techniques, conducting preliminary analyses, etc. As with NURS 819, for one credit, students are expected to devote 45 hours over the semester.

P- Prerequisite
C-Concurrent

Part-Time Students

Sample Plan of Study for Post-Master's to PhD Entry Part-Time Students

This plan of study utilizes summer sessions for elective credits and dissertation research. The student not wishing to study during summer sessions would need to increase the credit load each semester or prolong the program of study. Students who seek to complete the program in three years must begin dissertation work and take heavier credit loads in year two.

Fall Year One Credits
NURS 840 Philosophy of Science and Development of Theory    3
NURS 802 Research and Scholarship Seminar 1
  Total Credits 4
Spring Year One Credits
NURS 841 Theory and Conceptualization in Nursing Science
P: NURS 840
3
 NURS 819 Research Rotation* 2
  Total Credits 5
Summer Year One Credits
 NURS 819 Research Rotation* 2
  Total Credits 2
Fall Year Two Credits
NURS 850 Experimental Nursing Research Designs
P or C: NURS 840, NURS 851
3
NURS 851    Analysis for Experimental Nursing Research Designs
P or C: NURS 840, NURS 850
3
  Total Credits 6
Spring Year Two Credits
NURS 814     Design and Analysis for Non-Experimental Nursing Research
P: NURS 850 and NURS 851
3
NURS 815 Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research
P: NURS 840
3
  Specialty Elective 3
  Total Credits 9
Summer Year Two Credits
  Specialty Elective 3
  Specialty Elective 3
  Total Credits 6
Fall Year Three(designed as the full-time two consecutive semester residency)Credits
NURS 811 Measurement of Nursing Phenomena
5 P: NURS 840, NURS 841, NURS 850, NURS 851, NURS 814, NURS 815 and recommend concurrent enrollment in NURS 816 or permission of the instructor
3
NURS 816 Multivariate Analysis in Social and Health Care Research
P: NURS 840, NURS 841, NURS 850, NURS 851, NURS 814, NURS 815, and recommend concurrent enrollment in NURS 811 or permission of the instructor
4
NURS 818 Research Practicum I**
P: Completion of four credits of NURS 819
3
  Total Credits 10
Spring Year Three Credits
NURS 818 Research Practicum II** 3
  Specialty Elective 3
  Total Credits 6
Year Three and Following Credits
  Dissertation Credits  
  Total Credits 12

 

  Total Credits 60

 

*Research Rotation: A total of four research rotation credits are required for all students. One credit equals three hours/week or 45 hours over the semester. Rotations are recommended to be taken earlier in the plan of study.

**Research Practicum: A total of six credits of NURS 818 are required. These are intended to focus on the student’s research area where time is spent preparing for comprehensive exams, learning new techniques, conducting preliminary analyses, etc. As with NURS 819, for one credit, students are expected to devote 45 hours over the semester.

P- Prerequisite
C - Concurrent