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Sample Curriculum

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Fall, Year 1
NGR 7111 Evolution of Nursing as a Discipline and Practice 3
NGR 7846 Essential Statistical Methods for Nursing Science 3
NGR 7116 Caring Science I: An Essential Domain of Nursing Knowledge 3
Spring, Year 1
NGR 7115 Philosophies of Science Grounding Nursing 3
NGR 7815 Qualitative Research Methods  3
NGR 7818 Advanced Nursing Research: Applied Quantitative Design & Methods 3
Summer, Year 1
NGR 7946 Scholarship Practicum  3
NGR 7845 Applied Advanced Statistics 3
Fall, Year 2
NGR 7121 Theory Development & Application in Nursing 3
NGR 7118 Caring Science II: Developing Phenomena of Interest within Research Focus Areas 3
NGR 7816 Mixed Methods in Practice Based Research  3
Spring, Year 2
NGR 7853 Innovations in Inquiry 3
NGR 7119 Caring Science III: Innovative Methodologies to Study Caring Science 3
  Cognate 3
Summer, Year 2
NGR7978 Doctoral Synthesis (Comprehensive Examination) 3
Fall, Year 3
NGR 7979*  Advanced Research  3
Spring, Year 3
NGR 7980* Dissertation (two classes over two semesters) 6
Summer, Year 3
NGR 7980* Dissertation (two classes over two semesters) 6
  Total Credit Hours  60


  • The sample curriculum outlined above is designed for a student starting at the beginning of the academic year in the fall semester.
  • Doctoral Cognates are master’s level (or higher) courses that are a non-Nursing subject. PhD students take three Cognate courses OR two Cognate courses and one Nursing elective course.  Total credit hours must equal 9.