Complete 60 credits from 17 courses including 13 required courses, two electives, one guiding dissertation course, and twelve credits of dissertation research.
Doctoral candidacy: Students must pass written and oral comprehensive exams which is a prerequisite for doctoral candidacy. The written exam consists of two papers; one conceptual and one methodological. Dissertation: Candidates must complete and defend a dissertation written in traditional five-chapter format.
Students enrolled in the nursing PhD program who wish to pursue additional coursework to apply for Advanced Practice certification (NP or CNS) after completion of the PhD will be allowed to take up to two NP courses for their elective requirements within the PhD curriculum at the discretion of their faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to discuss this option with their faculty advisor as early as possible during their PhD coursework.