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Twin Cities Campus

Nursing Ph.D.

School of Nursing
School of Nursing
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Contact Information
School of Nursing, 5-160 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-7980; fax: 612-625-7727)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 58 to 70
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Ph.D. program in nursing prepares scholars as scientists, leaders, innovators, and educators in nursing and health care who: * discover new knowledge for nursing science and health care practice through ethical, innovative, theory-based research; * integrate knowledge to influence health care delivery and policy through collaborative, interprofessional initiatives at organizational, local, state, regional, national, and global levels; * create and evaluate strategies to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations; and * disseminate knowledge to those in nursing, other health sciences, policy makers, and the public through scholarly publication, formal teaching, and other creative venues.
This program is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 156
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 146
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 5.0
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 95
    • Final score: 85
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
34 to 46 credits are required in the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Required Coursework
NURS 8180 - Doctoral Proseminar I: Scholarly Development (1.0 cr)
NURS 8175 - Quantitative Research Design and Methods (3.0 cr)
NURS 8172 - Theory and Theory Development for Research (3.0 cr)
NURS 8152 - Scholarship in Health Care Ethics (3.0 cr)
NURS 8171 - Qualitative Research Design and Methods (3.0-4.0 cr)
NURS 8177 - Advanced Nursing Research Practicum (2.0 cr)
NURS 8190 - Critical Review in Health Research (2.0 cr)
NURS 8121 - Health Behaviors and Illness Responses (3.0 cr)
NURS 8173 - Principles and Methods of Implementing Research (3.0 cr)
NURS 8134 - Interventions and Outcomes Research (3.0 cr)
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NURS 8180 - Doctoral Proseminar I: Scholarly Development
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Transition to doctoral study. Begins socialization process to role of nursing scholar/scientist. Career trajectories of nursing scholars who have pursued various roles. prereq: Doctoral nursing student
NURS 8175 - Quantitative Research Design and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designs for quantitative description and quasi-experimental/experimental evaluation of scientific problems across domain of nursing. Evaluation of logic of design/attribution of causality from health and social science perspectives. prereq: [PhD student in nursing, advanced applied statistics] or instr consent
NURS 8172 - Theory and Theory Development for Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Paradigms in nursing/health, associated methods of scientific/scholarly inquiry. Inductive/deductive techniques for theory development Theory-testing using data obtained under controlled conditions. prereq: Doctoral student
NURS 8152 - Scholarship in Health Care Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analyze the underlying values in the concepts and discourses of health/disease. Evaluate ethical frameworks regarding their capability to address issues in health care. Analyze/discuss issues related to the responsible and ethical conduct of research. prereq: Doctoral student or instr consent
NURS 8171 - Qualitative Research Design and Methods
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview and comparative analysis of selected qualitative research methods and analytic strategies. Focuses on developing rigorous qualitative designs that contribute to development of nursing and health care knowledge for diverse populations. prereq: 8170 or equiv
NURS 8177 - Advanced Nursing Research Practicum
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students collaborate with research team under supervision of faculty mentor in designing/conducting a health-related research project. prereq: PhD nursing student, instr consent, adviser consent
NURS 8190 - Critical Review in Health Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skills needed to critique a body of scientific literature in focused areas of nursing research and related fields. Construction of literature reviews for planning research projects and for research utilization. prereq: Advanced statistics course, instr consent
NURS 8121 - Health Behaviors and Illness Responses
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theories of health behaviors and responses to illness are analyzed/critiqued. Multivariate research designs. Specification of testable, descriptive, dynamic models for health/illness that incorporate culture, biology, environment, and health systems for diverse individuals, families, communities, and populations. prereq: Doctoral student or instr consent
NURS 8173 - Principles and Methods of Implementing Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01044 - Nurs 8173/SAPh 8173
Typically offered: Every Spring
Integrates scientific, statistical, and practical aspects of research. Inter-relationships among design, sample selections, subject access, human subjects requirements, instrument selection and evaluation, data management, analyses plans, grant writing, and research career issues. Field experiences required. prereq: 8114 or other 8xxx grad research methods course, 2 grad stat courses;
NURS 8134 - Interventions and Outcomes Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Design/evaluation of intervention/outcomes research. Use of advanced experimental design and multivariate statistical approaches to evaluate theory-based interventions with longitudinal outcomes in context. prereq: 8121, PhD student, instr consent