PhD Courses

N800 History and Philosophy of Nursing Science

This course is designed to prepare students to systematically analyze epistemological, ontological and metatheoretical perspectives in the philosophy of science, while also considering the implications for scientific inquiry, theory development and knowledge development in nursing. 3 credits Prerequisites: PhD program matriculation or permission of instructor.

N801 Qualitative Research Methods

The focus of this course is on the use of qualitative research methods to build substantive knowledge in nursing. Issues in qualitative research are identified and discussed, and critical analysis of traditional and emerging designs debated. Selected qualitative research designs are presented and the philosophical underpinnings and specific data collection and analysis methods associated with each design are identified, discussed, compared, contrasted and analyzed. Research from nursing and other fields is critiqued. Experiential learning methods and techniques include design, preparation and presentation of a research project. 3 credits Prerequisites: PhD program matriculation or permission of instructor.

N802 Quantitative Research Methods

This course provides students with an advanced study of research designs and methods used in quantitative nursing research. Analysis of quantitative methods that are currently used in biomedical, behavioral, social and nursing sciences 
are explored. 3 credits Prerequisites: N800 and N801, or permission of instructor.

N803 Theory

This course focuses on the critical analysis of theories, concepts, frameworks, and models for research. 
Emphasis is on analysis, including application of criteria for evaluating concepts in research and theory development. 3 credits Prerequisites: N800 and N801, or permission of faculty of record.

N804 Measurement and Instrumentation in Clinical Research

This is an advanced, graduate-level course that focuses on measurement theory and the processes of instrument evaluation, refinement and development. This course explores the use of quantitative and qualitative procedures to measure clinically important variables. In addition, emphasis is posited upon the interaction of conceptual, methodological, cultural and pragmatic considerations that are essential to understand when measuring variables among clinical populations.3 credits Prerequisites: N801 and N802, or permission of instructor.

N805 State of the Discipline

This course explores nursing phenomena and strategies as conceptualized in current nursing research. Emphasis is on the extent and nature of potential synthesis of knowledge across traditional boundaries. To effectively advance knowledge and improve nursing practice, it is essential to be at the forefront of the current state of substantive knowledge in the discipline. The intent of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to analyze and synthesize selected aspects of this knowledge, particularly as it informs their individual research interests. 3 credits Prerequisites: N800, N801, N802 and N803, or permission of instructor.

N808 Critical Health Policy Issues Seminar

This seminar provides students with advanced knowledge for health policy analysis and appraisal of critical health care issues that is essential to the leadership of nurse researchers, educators and advanced practitioners whose roles require participation in policy development and advocacy. Specifically, students evaluate common frameworks for policy analysis and apply these frameworks to a range of prominent, contemporary health care issues within social, political and economic contexts to develop and advocate for policy recommendations based on evidence and reasoned argument. 3 creditsPrerequisites: N800, N801, N802, N803 and N805, or permission of instructor.

N809 Dissertation Seminar

The purpose of the dissertation seminar is to assist students who have completed their course work and passed the comprehensive examination to sustain momentum in the completion of their dissertation proposal. The seminar provides regular, organized opportunities for students to present dissertation proposal work in progress to peers and faculty mentors. This seminar is designed to augment (not replace) the one-to-one advising that each student receives from his/her dissertation advisor. Dissertation seminar is designed to run concurrently with N899 dissertation advisement. A minimum of two semesters of dissertation seminar is required. Participation beyond two semesters is required for all students until proposal completion. 0 credits Prerequisite: Must pass the comprehensive examination.

N810 Doctoral Practicum

This is an advanced graduate-level course which provides students with a mentored practicum experience in at least one of five key areas: research, leadership, education, scientific integrity, scholarship and team science. The practicum experience is highly individualized and designed to develop expertise in a selected area of PhD scholarship. 1 credit.

N811 Advanced Methods in Intervention Research

This elective course focuses on the advanced methods used in the development, refinement and testing of interventions used in clinical research. Content will include strategies used to develop a new intervention or adaptation of an existing intervention such as qualitative or survey approaches; use of theory in framing the intervention; commonly used designs; methodological challenges to consider to avoid threats to internal validity; sampling and power analysis considerations; pilot testing your intervention; treatment fidelity; measurement issues; and analysis plan, budget, and ethical considerations. 3 credits Prerequisites: N800, N801, N802 and N803, or permission of instructor.

N812 Health Literacy in Research and Practice

This course focuses on examining and analyzing the concept of health literacy, with an emphasis on the relationship of health literacy to one’s ability to manage and optimize their health. The association of health literacy to health disparities and health outcomes will be explored. Challenges in conducting health literacy research and challenges inherent in providing quality care to those with limited health literacy will be examined. Evidence based individual and organizational approaches to mitigate the effects of limited health literacy will be addressed. 3 credits Open to all graduate students.

N813 PhD Grant & Proposal Writing

This course emphasizes a synthesis of the course content in the PhD program through development of a formal grant proposal. It explores the elements of grant writing, proposal development and ethical considerations related to human subjects’ research. Students will be guided in the development of an individual grant proposal eligible for submission to a funding sponsor. 2 credits

N814 Genomics for Clinical Practice & Research

This course provides the foundation to use genetics and genomic concepts in advanced practice and clinical research. The principles of human and molecular genetics including variations, patterns of inheritance and multifactorial inheritance will be discussed. Gene action and expression, cytogenetics, the Human Genome Project, genetics terminology and basic principles of laboratory methods used in genetics and genomics will be examined. The evolving principles of epigenetics, nutrigenomics, and pharmacogenomics in patient care and research will be explored with attention given to the associated ethical, legal and social implications. Inherited and acquired health conditions will be used to illustrate the impact of genetics and genomics on nursing practice and on opportunities for research. 3 credits

N815 Statistical Analysis of Data

This course provides the student with an introduction to inferential statistics. Emphasis is placed on practical application, rather than mathematical theory. Topics include t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), repeated measures ANOVA and mixed ANOVA, multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), correlations and scatter plots and regression analyses. 3 credits

N816 Scholarly Writing in Nursing and Interprofessional Journals 

This course prepares the student for the writing, editing, and reviewing skills required for scholarly writing. The student will prepare and submit a scholarly manuscript to a peer-reviewed nursing or interprofessional journal. N816 discusses the key elements of scholarly writing including development a query letter, preparation of a scholarly paper, determination of authorship, and identification of ethical considerations. Strategies of reading critically, synthesis of the literature, use of appropriate vocabulary, and revising the manuscript will be discussed. Each student will engage in peer review of writing summaries and manuscripts. 
This course will be offered beginning Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and will run for 7 non-consecutive weeksYou must have a PhD or DNP degree to take this course or obtain special permission from the instructor. If you are interested in taking this course, please download and submit the registration form1 credit 

N890 Advanced Statistics

This course builds on N815 Statistical Analysis of Data to provide in-depth instruction on practical applications of multivariate data analysis, focusing on statistical issues and techniques that students are likely to encounter in their research. Topics include pre-analysis data screening, assessment of model fit for analysis of variance and covariance (ANOVA/ANCOVA) and linear regression, model selection techniques, repeated measures ANOVA, multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and logistic regression. 3 credits Prerequisites: N815 or permission of instructor.

N895 Independent/Directed Study

This course is open to PhD students. The goal of independent study is to complement the PhD student’s program in a way that helps him/her develop additional knowledge and skills that could not be reasonably gained with a traditional course offering. Plans for study must be submitted in advance of registration on the Independent Study Advance Registration form obtained from the Graduate School of Nursing. The student must meet with the faculty member of record to establish written goals, objectives and evaluation criteria for the independent study. Upon establishing the goals and objectives, the number of credits will be determined by the faculty member in consultation with the PhD program director. The student may take more than one independent study, but no more than nine credit hours may be applied toward the PhD degree. 1 to 3 credits Prerequisite: Agreement with course faculty.

N899 Dissertation Credits

Students are required to take a minimum of 18 dissertation credits. Most students elect to take three to six credits per semester for one to two years until completion of the dissertation. This component of the PhD program requires students to work independently on a research study in close collaboration with their dissertation advisor and committee members. N809 Dissertation Seminar is taken concurrently with dissertation credits until the oral defense of the dissertation proposal is completed. Prerequisites: completion of all required and elective PhD coursework, and passing the comprehensive examination.