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Sample Plan of Study

PhD Plans of Study

Students who enter the PhD program with a masters degree receive a 8 CU waiver toward the 22 CU requirement. Students will take 3-4 courses per semester for the first two to three years before moving into the dissertation phase of the program.

Sample Plan of Study 1

Fall Year 1

NURS 750: Inquiry and Nursing
NURS 813: Qualitative Paradigm Empirical Nursing Research
Statistics Course 1

Spring Year 1

NURS 753: Evolving Nursing Science
NURS 754: Quantitative Research Designs and Methods
Statistics Course 2

Fall Year 2

Concentration Course 1
Concentration Course 2
Concentration Course 3
Defend Qualifying Exam

Spring Year 2

Concentration Course 4
Concentration Course 5
Additional Course (NURS 900 or audit)

Fall Year 3

NURS 800: Dissertation Seminar
NURS 890: Teaching Residency*
NURS 897: Research Residency*
Candidacy Exam (Defense of Dissertation Proposal)

Spring Year 3

Dissertation Status (Full-time) until Defense of Dissertation

*NURS 890 and 897 may be completed at any time prior to graduation, but registration may occur in a different semester to ensure the student has full-time registration status

Sample Plan of Study 2
Fall Year 1

NURS 750: Inquiry and Nursing
NURS 813: Qualitative Paradigm Empirical Nursing Research
Statistics Course 1
Concentration Course 1

Spring Year 1

NURS 753: Evolving Nursing Science
NURS 754: Quantitative Research Designs and Methods
Statistics Course 2
Concentration Course 2

Fall Year 2

Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 4
Concentration Course 5
Defend Qualifying Exam

Spring Year 2

NURS 800: Dissertation Seminar
NURS 890: Teaching Residency*
NURS 897: Research Residency*
Candidacy Exam (Defense of Dissertation Proposal)

Fall Year 3

Dissertation Status (Full-time)

Spring Year 3

Dissertation Status (Full-time) until Defense of Dissertation

*NURS 890 and 897 may be completed at any time prior to graduation, but registration may occur in a different semester to ensure the student has full-time registration status

MS-PhD Plans of Study

The MS-PhD program consists of a total of 22 CUs. The Master of Science (MS) degree requires eight CUs, four of which must be taken within nursing.

 Sample Plan of Study
Fall Year 1

NURS 750: Inquiry and Nursing
NURS 813: Qualitative Paradigm Empirical Nursing Research
Statistics Course 1
MS Course 1

Spring Year 1

NURS 753: Evolving Nursing Science
NURS 754: Quantitative Research Designs and Methods
Statistics Course 2
MS Course 2

Fall Year 2

MS Course 3
MS Course 4
MS Course 5
MS Course 6
Defend MS General Exam

Spring Year 2

MS Course 7
MS Course 8
Concentration Course 1
Concentration Course 2

Fall Year 3

Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 4
Concentration Course 5

Spring Year 3

NURS 800: Dissertation Seminar
NURS 890: Teaching Residency*
NURS 897: Research Residency*
Candidacy Exam (Defense of Dissertation Proposal)

Fall Year 4

Dissertation Status (Full-time) until Defense of Dissertation

*NURS 890 and 897 may be completed at any time prior to graduation, but registration may occur in a different semester