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Ph.D. Nursing Courses and Curriculum

The Catholic University’s online Ph.D. in Nursing requires 79 credit hours. Students may transfer in 24 hours of credit from graduate coursework after successfully passing comprehensive exams.

NURS 802D Graduate Nursing Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
Students learn to apply evidence-based critical thinking to ethical issues within the scope of advanced practice nursing. Topics include moral theory, Catholic social teaching and professional nursing ethics as the foundation for ethical decision-making within clinical practice, policy development and nursing leadership within health and community systems.

NURS 805D Advanced Statistics and Research Methods in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course emphasizes methods and techniques for extending the scientific base of knowledge for nursing practice. Research studies that address issues of importance to nursing will serve as the focus for discussion. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs and related statistical procedures will be examined in terms of their appropriateness for addressing various problems in nursing.

NURS 806D Multivariate Statistics in Healthcare Research (3 credits)
Recent advances in data collection technology have exposed the importance of multivariate statistics to explore and test for patterns. Health care research deals with complex, multidimensional systems, and any adequate assessment of these systems requires that multiple measures be used. This practical, hands-on course covers topics such as, multiple regression, logistic regression, path analysis, factor analysis, Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) and discriminant function analysis.

NURS 903D Philosophy of Science in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course focuses on the principles and concepts of the philosophy of science as they apply to nursing practice. The development of the philosophy of science is examined through discussions of the historical context, the emergence of the scientific method and the scientific revolution, the influence of scientific thought on values and theory development and the impact of modernism and post-modernism on nursing theory and practice.

NURS 907D Theory Development (3 credits)
This seminar focuses on the process of the development of theory in general and theory in nursing. Students will engage in the critique/evaluation of theories and explore the relationship of theory to practice and research.

NURS 908D Qualitative Research in Nursing (3 credits)
Students study qualitative methods for nursing research by examining major methods employed in qualitative research and the application of these methods to problems/phenomena in nursing. The course also covers the evaluation and critique of research studies utilizing qualitative methods. Ethical issues and the advantages and limitations of qualitative methods are also discussed.

NURS 909D Quantitative Research in Nursing (3 credits)
This course focuses on nursing research methods that generate primarily quantitative data. Critical analysis incorporates the theoretical model, design, and methodology (including sampling, measurement, and data analysis) of quantitative studies. Prerequisite or concurrent: Advanced statistics.

NURS 910D Advanced Quantitative Methods* (3 credits)
Building on course 909, students will learn concepts of general linear model theory and describe its application to quantitative problems in nursing research. They will prevent and defend a detailed data management and analysis plan based on a selected research question.

NURS 911D Advanced Qualitative Methods* (3 credits)
Building on course 908 Quantitative Research in Nursing, this course focuses on the methods employed to conduct a qualitative research project. Topics include sampling, interviewing and observation techniques, and data collection methods appropriate to specific, student-selected designs. The application of coding methods and data analysis methods such as thematic abstraction, clustering, categorization and theory writing are also explored. Prerequisite: NURS 908D.

NURS 916D Seminar in Nursing Scholarship (1 credit)
This beginning course at the doctoral level socializes the student to clinical scholarship in preparation for independent research and future roles as nurse scholars and nurse scientists.  It provides a basis for continuing study in research and theory development.

NURS 922D Doctoral Research Practicum (3 credits)
This course provides the doctoral student with a chance to experience the research process on a day-to-day basis and helps them integrate practical and theoretical knowledge. Students will work with a CUA faculty or community research mentor to focus on some aspect of the research process.  Examples could include literature review and synthesis, research design, sampling, data collection or methods.  Placements will be arranged by the course coordinator. The experience will be tailored to the individual student’s needs relative to developing doctoral level research skills.

NURS 923D Clinical Problems I: Theoretical Considerations (3 credits)
This course emphasizes the theory-practice-research linkage that contributes to an understanding of the nature of nursing science. Students are guided in clinical problem identification and the investigation of theories relevant to their selected clinical problems from a research and practice perspective and are encouraged to develop a proposal to submit for pre-doctoral funding from appropriate agencies.  NURS 907D (or coreq) and NURS 908D (or coreq).

NURS 924D Clinical Problems in Nursing II (3 credits)
Students build on the work done in NURS 923 through which students were guided in their exploration of the identification and defense of a clinically relevant problem and the theory-practice-research linkage as it relates to the problem. The seminar design facilitates scholarly inquiry with peer review/critiques.

NURS 926D Seminar in Health Policy Formulation and Analysis (3 credits)
Students examine major health issues to determine their relationship to and impact upon public policy. A major focus is the identification, formulation and legitimation of health policy in the United States.

NURS 930D  Seminar in Research Proposals (3 credits)
This course focuses on the nature and characteristics of a research proposal. Students are expected to develop a research proposal outlining preliminary work on the first three chapters of the dissertation. Prerequisite: Completion of 923 and 924 and a major portion of doctoral program requirements.

NURS 996D-DA Doctoral Dissertation Research (2 courses)

NURS 998D Comprehensive Exam (with classes)

NURS 998DA Comprehensive Exam (without classes)

Advanced Clinical Cognate 1, 2, and 3 (3 credits each)
In consultation with their advisor, students wills elect courses that support either the method or content of their dissertation research

Optional Clinical Cognate 4 (3 credits)

* If students are using both quantitative/qualitative research for their dissertation, they will want to take both NURS 910D and NURS 911D. However, if a student is only using one method, they can elect to take the course they do not initially choose as an option for a cognate course

Find out more about how the online Ph.D. in Nursing at The Catholic University of America combines a rigorous curriculum and ample faculty support with the flexibility of the online format. Call our team at 855-295-5711 or request more information.