PhD Sample Course Plans

Unique to FPB’s PhD program is a variety of entry points and scheduling options.

  • Sample Traditional Format Curriculum
  • Fast-Track Sample Curriculum
  • Sample Dual DNP/PhD Program Plan
  • Sample PhD Program Plan (Post DNP)

Sample 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
Year Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
1 Epistemology (3)
Research Methods I (3)
Basic Statistics (3)
Theory Development (3)
Research Methods II (3)
Qualitative Research (3)
Research Practicum *
2 Health Policy (3)
Topical Seminar (3)
Linear Models (3)
Topical Seminar (3)
Multivariate Analysis (3)
Elective (3)
Proposal Development (3)
3 Dissertation (9) 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.

** Please note that dissertation may require additional time depending on a student's area of research. Average time to program completion is 4.5 to 5 years

Fast-Track Sample 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
Year Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
1 Clinical Problems (3) or relevant MSN course (3)
Epistemology (3)
Basic Statistics (3)
Context of Care (3) or relevant MSN course (3)
Theory Development (3)
Qualitative Research (3)
Research Practicum *
2 Research Methods I (3)
Health Policy (3)
Linear Models (3)
Research Methods II (3)
Topical Seminar (3)
Multivariate Analysis (3)
Elective (3)
3 Topical Seminar (3)
Proposal Development (3)
Dissertation (9) 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.

** Please note that dissertation may require additional time depending on a student's area of research. Average time to program completion is 4.5 to 5 years

Sample Dual DNP/PhD Program Plan

*Academic year only

Year Fall Spring
1

Epistemology 
(3-NURS 506)

Applied statistics 
(3-NURS 532 or NUND 450)

Research methods I 
(3-NURS 530)

Theory development 
(3-NURS 511)

Research methods II 
(3-NURS 531)

Leadership in organizations 
(3-NUND 506)

2

Theories for practice and scholarship (3-NUND 504)

Health policy 
(3-NURS 609 or NUND 508)

Linear models 
(3-NURS 630)

Qualitative research 
(3-NURS 518)

Practice focused research 
(3-NUND 540)

Multivariate analysis
(3-NURS 631)

3

Informatics (1-NUND 510)

Translating evidence into practice (3-NUND 610)

Elective (3)

Topical seminar 
(3-NURS 615or elective

Curriculum and instruction 
(3-NUND 509or 
Management in advanced practice (3-NUND 507)

Testing and evaluation 
(2-NUND 609or 
Advanced leadership and management (2-NUND 607)

Topical seminar (3-NURS 615)
or elective

4 Proposal development 
(3-NURS 671

Scholarly Project (2-NUND 620)

Integrated practicum 
(2-NUND 611)

5 Dissertation (9-NURS 701) Dissertation (9-NURS 701)

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. 

Sample 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.

Year Fall Spring Summer
1

NURS 506 
Epistemology (3)

NURS 530 
Research methods I (3)

NURS 630 
Linear models (3)

NURS 511 Theory 
development (3)

NURS 531 Research 
methods II (3)

NURS 631 
Multivariate analysis (3)

Research Practicum *
2

NURS 615 
Topical seminar (3)

Elective (outside school of nursing) (3)

NURS 671
Proposal development (3)

NURS 518
Qualitative research (3)

NURS 671 Proposal 
development (1)

 
3 NURS 701
Dissertation (9)
NURS 701 Dissertation (9)