Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Nursing

Dr. Barbara Haas, Doctoral Program Director

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a unique doctorate that focuses on health care in communities within the context of culture. The program, which is built on a strengths model, is offered in an online format and provides advanced education to prepare nurse researchers and educators for the future.

Objectives

The Ph.D. in Nursing prepares nurse leaders to: 1) design, conduct, and disseminate research that contributes to the advancement of nursing science and global health; 2) conduct culturally competent research to guide nursing practice; 3) incorporate research outcomes to formulate policies pertinent to nursing and global health; and 4) construct and implement creative and innovative strategies related to education for nursing and health.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to doctoral study at The University of Texas at Tyler, the following criteria must be met for entry into the program:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a college or university approved by a recognized national accrediting body.
  2. A master's degree from a college or university approved by a recognized national accrediting body.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale on previous academic coursework.
  4. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  5. A current license to practice professional nursing.
  6. International applicants will be evaluated for equivalency on criteria 1 - 5.
  7. International students must score a minimum of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 78 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information on International applications, please see the general graduate section of this catalog.
  8. A 3-5 page paper linking professional goals and research interests to health issues emphasized in this program.
  9. Three academic and/or professional letters of reference.

Consideration for admission to the PhD in Nursing program will also be given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community, service, and family responsibilities.

Degree Requirements

This degree program will be delivered online through the UT System's UT TeleCampus. Students will be required to attend an orientation on the UT Tyler campus prior to beginning coursework. Students may be required to be present for other special activities throughout their program of study (e.g. dissertation defense).

1. Minimum Credit Hours

Category

Semester Credit Hours

Required courses

36

Cognates

6

Electives

6

Dissertation

12

TOTAL

60

2. Special degree requirements (for details on university doctoral requirements, see the general graduate section of this catalog and the Handbook for the Nursing Ph.D. available on the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Graduate Studies website)

  1. Students will enroll in a 3-hour research practicum as the fourth course focusing on health care within the context of culture. The practicum will provide supervised research experience facilitating the student's application of knowledge accrued in previous coursework.
  2. The Preliminary Examination may be taken after the student has completed 30 hours of coursework. Students may not advance to candidacy or register for dissertation hours until all coursework is completed and all portions of the Preliminary Examination have been passed satisfactorily.
  3. Students have a maximum of six years to complete the program. Students will have four years to complete the program after entering candidacy. Students unable to complete the program within the designated time limits must file for an extension.
  4. A dissertation of original research contributing to the body of knowledge in nursing will be required. Students must enroll for six credit hours during each long semester while in the dissertation process. A minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credit is required.
  5. Students must meet all doctoral degree requirements of the University.

3. Transfer work: Students may transfer up to twelve hours of coursework with the approval of their advisor and the Director of the Doctoral Program. Students will be responsible for providing necessary documentation of course equivalency.

Below is a typical outline of program progression for a full-time student

YEAR 1

Fall

NURS 6310: Philosophy of Science

3

NURS 6342: Scholarship in Nursing

3

NURS 6320: Data Management

3

Spring

NURS 6312: Theory Construction and Evaluation

3

NURS 6322: Advanced Statistics

3

NURS 6333: Qualitative Research Designs & Methods

3

Summer

NURS 6350: Research in Transcultural Health

3

Elective / Cognate

3

YEAR 2

Fall

NURS 6330: Quantitative Research Design & Methods

3

NURS 6354: The Nurse as Educator

3

Elective / Cognate

3

Spring

NURS 6352: Healthcare Policy Development

3

NURS 6337: Advanced Research Design & Methods

3

Elective / Cognate

3

Summer

NURS 6356: Research Practicum

3

Elective / Cognate

3

YEAR 3

Fall

NURS 6660: Dissertation

6

Spring

NURS 6660: Dissertation

6

Total:

60 sem. credit hours