PhD Sample Course Plans

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's PhD program offers a variety of entry points and scheduling options to best serve prospective PhD candidates at any stage of their academic career.

  • Traditional Format (Post MSN)
  • Fast-Track Format (BSN to PhD)
  • Dual DNP/PhD Program Plan
  • PhD Program Plan (Post DNP)

Traditional Format Curriculum

If you have already earned the MSN degree, you can enter the PhD program directly and complete the PhD core coursework during fall and spring semesters.

  • A minimum of 3 credits of proposal development is required; however, students may need more time to complete their candidacy exam and proposal development and may therefore need to take more credits of proposal development.
  • Concurrent enrollment in proposal development credits and dissertation credits is not permitted.
  • Full time status = 9 credits per semester; up to 9 dissertation credits may be taken in a single semester.
  • Total required credit hours for the nursing PhD (post MSN) = 57 credits
Fall - 1st Year Spring - 1st Year Summer - 1st Year
NURS 504: Nursing Knowledge Development (3) NURS 533: Data Science (3) Research Practicum*
NURS 530: Research Methods I (3) NURS 531: Research Methods II (3)  
NURS 532: Applied Statistics (3)** NURS 518: Qualitative Research (3)  
Fall - 2nd Year Spring - 2nd Year Summer - 2nd Year
NURS 524: Genomics (3) NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3) NURS 671: Proposal Development (3)
NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3) NURS 631: Multivariate Analysis (3)  
NURS 630: Linear Models (3) NURS 609 Health Policy  
Fall - 3rd Year Spring - 3rd Year
NURS 701: Dissertation (9) NURS 701: Dissertation (9)

* Research practicum hours can also be taken all year round during the first two years of course work, but must be completed before proposal development and dissertation.

** Students may take NURS 532, NURS 609 and/or NURS 615 or elective - during the summer, if offered, to accelerate their program of study.

Fall - 1st Year Spring - 1st Year Summer - 1st Year
  NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3) Research Practicum*
  NURS 532: Applied Statistics (3)**  
  NURS 518: Qualitative Research (3)  
Fall - 2nd Year Spring - 2nd Year Summer - 2nd Year
NURS 504: Nursing Knowledge Development (3) NURS 533: Data Science (3) Research Practicum*
NURS 530: Research Methods I (3) NURS 531: Research Methods II (3)  
NURS 630: Linear Models (3) NURS 631: Multivariate Analysis (3)  
Fall - 3rd Year Spring - 3rd Year Summer - 3rd Year
NURS 524: Genomics (3) NURS 671: Proposal Development (3) NURS 701: Dissertation (6)
NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3)    
NURS 609: Health Policy    
Fall - 4th Year Spring - 4th Year Summer - 4th Year
NURS 701: Dissertation (6) NURS 701: Dissertation (6)  

* Research practicum hours can also be taken all year round during the first two years of course work, but must be completed before proposal development and dissertation.

** Students may take NURS 532, NURS 609 and/or NURS 615 or elective - during the summer, if offered, to accelerate their program of study.

Fast-Track Curriculum

If you have a BSN or equivalent, you can pursue the PhD degree without earning an MSN. Learn More about Our Entry Options.

  • A minimum of 3 credits of proposal development is required; however, students may need more time to complete their candidacy exam and proposal development and may therefore need to take more credits of proposal development.
  • Concurrent enrollment in proposal development credits and dissertation credits is not permitted.
  • Full time status = 9 credits per semester; up to 9 dissertation credits may be taken in a single semester.
  • Total required credit hours for the nursing PhD (post BSN or equivalent) = 63 credits
  • BSN to PhD Transition Course Waiver Form
Fall - 1st Year Spring - 1st Year Summer - 1st Year
NURS 530: Research Methods I (3) NURS 531: Research Methods II (3)  
NURS 504: Nursing Knowledge Development (3) NURS 508: Context of Care / MSN Course  
NURS 532: Applied Statistics (3) ** NURS 518: Qualitative Research (3)  
Fall - 2nd Year Spring - 2nd Year Summer - 2nd Year
NURS 507: Clinical Problems / MSN Course NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3) Research Practicum*
NURS 524: Genomics (3) NURS 533: Data Science (3)  
NURS 630: Linear Models (3) NURS 631: Multivariate Analysis (3)  
Fall - 3rd Year Spring - 3rd Year Summer - 3rd Year
NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3) NURS 701: Dissertation (9)  
NURS 609: Health Policy    
NURS 671: Proposal Development (3)    
Fall - 4th Year Spring - 4th Year Summer - 4th Year
NURS 701: Dissertation (9)    

* Research practicum hours can also be taken all year round during the first two years of course work, but must be completed before proposal development and dissertation.

** Students may take NURS 532, NURS 609 and / or NURS 615 or elective during the summer, if offered, to accelerate their program of study.

Fall - 1st Year Spring - 1st Year Summer - 1st Year
  NURS 507: Clinical Problems / MSN Course Research Practicum*
  NURS 532: Applied Statistics (3) ** NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3)
  NURS 518: Qualitative Research (3)  
Fall - 2nd Year Spring - 2nd Year Summer - 2nd Year
NURS 504: Nursing Knowledge Development (3) NURS 508: Context of Care / MSN Course Research Practicum*
NURS 530: Research Methods I (3) NURS 531: Research Methods II (3)  
NURS 630: Linear Models (3) NURS 631: Multivariate Analysis   
Fall - 3rd Year Spring - 3rd Year Summer - 3rd Year
NURS 524: Genomics (3) NURS 533: Data Science (3)  
NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3) NURS 671: Proposal Development (3)  
NURS 609: Health Policy (3)    
Fall - 4th Year Spring - 4th Year Summer - 4th Year
NURS 701: Dissertation (9) NURS 701: Dissertation (9)  

* Research practicum hours can also be taken all year round during the first two years of course work, but must be completed before proposal development and dissertation.

** Students may take NURS 532, NURS 609 and / or NURS 615 or elective during the summer, if offered, to accelerate their program of study.

Dual DNP/PhD Program Plan

Notes:

  • Courses designated by NURS are courses within the PhD in nursing program
  • Courses designated by NUND are courses within the DNP program
  • 240 hour research practicum is required for PhD program – can be taken any time before NURS 671
  • At least one NURS 615 course is required

Overlapping Courses:

  • Applied stats (3 credits) is cross-listed
  • Health Policy (3 credits) is cross listed
  • DNP Practice-focused inquiry (NUND 541) is replaced by PhD Research Methods (NURS 530 and NURS 531)
  • DNP proposal development is replaced by PhD proposal development (NURS 671) – students complete a two-part proposal to meet requirements for both a scholarly project and the dissertation; the scholarly project is viewed as a stepping stone toward the dissertation. 
Fall - 1st Year Spring - 1st Year
NUND 504: Theories for Practice and Scholarship (3) NURS 533: Data Science
NURS 530: Research Methods I (3) NURS 531: Research Methods II (3)
NURS 532 or NUND 450: Applied Statistics (3) NUND 506: Leadership in Org
Fall - 2nd Year Spring - 2nd Year
NURS 524: Genomics NURS 518: Qualitative Research (3)
NURS 609 or NUND 508: Health Policy (3) NUND 540: Practice Focused Research (3)
NURS 630: Linear Models (3) NURS 631: Multivariate Analysis
Fall - 3rd Year Spring - 3rd Year
NUND 510: Informatics (1) NUND 509: Curriculum and Instruction (3) or
NUND 507: Management in Advanced Practice (3)
NUND 610: Translating Evidence Into Practice (3) NUND 609: Testing and Evaluation (2) or
NUND 607: Advanced Leadership and Management (2)
NURS 615: Topical Seminar (3) or Elective (3) NURS 615: Topical Seminar (3) or Elective (3)
Fall - 4th Year Spring - 4th Year
NURS 671: Proposal Development (3) NUND 620: Scholarly Project (2)
  NUND 611: Integrated Practicum (2)
Fall - 5th Year Spring - 5th Year
NURS 701: Dissertation (9) NURS 701: Dissertation (9)

PhD Program Plan (Post DNP)

*Research practicum hours can also be taken all year round during the first two years of course work, but must be completed before proposal development and dissertation.

Fall - 1st Year Spring - 1st Year Summer - 1st Year
NURS 504: Nursing Knowledge Development (3)** NURS 533: Data Science (3) Research Practicum*
NURS 530: Research Methods I (3) NURS 531: Research Methods II (3)  
NURS 630: Linear Models (3) NURS 631: Multivariate Analysis (3)  
Fall - 2nd Year Spring - 2nd Year Summer - 2nd Year
NURS 524: Genomics (3) NURS 518: Qualitative Research (3) NURS 701: Dissertation (6)
NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3) NURS 671: Proposal Development (1)  
NURS 671: Proposal Development (2)    
Fall - 3rd Year Spring - 3rd Year Summer - 3rd Year
NURS 701: Dissertation (9) NURS 701: Dissertation (3)  

Notes: 

  1. These students do not need to take NURS 609 (policy), NURS 532 (applied stats) and one elective, which worked fine when we had an additional elective or topical seminar in the curriculum – need to discuss if council has a preference for waiving either the topical seminar (meaning they would have none) or the outside elective (meaning they would have no exposure to courses outside the SON.
     
  2. They need to take an additional credit of NURS 671 because they would not have completed their coursework by the previous semester.

* Research practicum hours can also be taken all year round during the first two years of course work, but must be completed before proposal development and dissertation.

** Theory class potentially can be waived if content was taught in the DNP program.

Concern:  Although we say “advanced standing,” the program still takes three years.

Fall - 1st Year Spring - 1st Year Summer - 1st Year
  NURS 615: Topical Seminar or Elective (3) Research Practicum*
  NURS 533: Data Science (3)  
  NURS 518: Qualitative Research (3)  
Fall - 2nd Year Spring - 2nd Year Summer - 2nd Year
NURS 504: Nursing Knowledge Development (3)** NURS 531: Research Methods II (3) Research Practicum*
NURS 530: Research Methods I  (3) NURS 631: Multivariate Analysis (3)  
NURS 630: Linear Models (3) NURS 671: Proposal Development (2)  
Fall - 3rd Year Spring - 3rd Year Summer - 3rd Year
NURS 524: Genomics (3) NURS 701: Dissertation (9) NURS 701: Dissertation (9)
NURS 671: Proposal Development (1)    

Notes: 

  1. These students do not need to take NURS 609 (policy), NURS 532 (applied stats) and one elective, which worked fine when we had an additional elective or topical seminar in the curriculum – need to discuss if council has a preference for waiving either the topical seminar (meaning they would have none) or the outside elective (meaning they would have no exposure to courses outside the SON.
     
  2. They need to take an additional credit of NURS 671 because they would not have completed their coursework by the previous semester.
     
  3. Petition to take 9 dissertation credits would be needed

* Research practicum hours can also be taken all year round during the first two years of course work, but must be completed before proposal development and dissertation.

** Theory class potentially can be waived if content was taught in the DNP program.

Concern:  Although we say “advanced standing,” the program still takes three years.