Course Descriptions and Core Competencies

List of course descriptions with (a) core competencies and (b) the relationship to program goals:

 

Philosophy of Nursing Science. (a) Enables critical analysis of historical and current views of knowledge development and scientific progress. Emphasizes the underlying ontological and epistemological assumptions of these views and how they influence scientific inquiry in nursing. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the field of nursing; synthesizes ethical issues and standards related to science and knowledge development.

Quantitative Research Design and Measurement in Nursing. (a) Facilitates evaluation of quantitative research methods/designs and the development of significant and innovative research. Emphasizes principles and analytical techniques for rigorous research methods, including sampling plans, measurement, procedures and study designs. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the field of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in healthcare; engages in interdisciplinary teams with academics and clinical practitioners.

Foundations of Qualitative Health Research. (a) Introduces students to qualitative research methods in health research. Emphasizes historical foundations and the theoretical basis for qualitative research. Focuses on values, assumptions, and methods of qualitative research. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in healthcare; engages in interdisciplinary teams with academics and clinical practitioners.

Applied Statistical Analysis I.  (a) Examines procedures for advanced multivariate statistical procedures used in research. Emphasizes the utilization and interpretation of multivariate procedures and the critique of data analysis in current research articles. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in healthcare.

Applied Statistical Analysis II. (a) Focuses on the application of advanced multivariate statistical procedures to data, as well as data analysis and interpretation. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in health care.

Nurse Scientist and Scholar I. (a) Socializes students into the roles of globally connected, research scholars. Emphasizes professional standards for doctoral education, strategies to support professional development, and future career opportunities. Focuses on how to leverage learning and mentoring experiences to facilitate career development as a scholar/nurse scientist. (b) Assumes leadership and advocacy positions to advance healthcare; synthesizes ethical issues and standards related to science and knowledge development; engages in interdisciplinary teams with academics and clinical practitioners.

Nursing Science in Health Disparities and Vulnerable Populations. (a) Provides an understanding of how gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status affect health.  Enhances understanding of vulnerable populations and the social determinants of health. Focuses on participatory methods and community engagement approaches to identify research priorities and address health disparities in vulnerable populations. (b) Assumes leadership and advocacy positions to advance healthcare; synthesizes ethical issues and standards related to science and knowledge development; engages in interdisciplinary teams with academics and clinical practitioners.

Theory Development in Nursing. (a) Analyze and apply theories to nursing science. Emphasizes the history of nursing theory, including deductive and inductive approaches to theory development, as well as theory application to a student’s research area. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in healthcare.

State of the Science. (a) Critically appraises and synthesizes emerging trends in health science. Emphasizes concepts, theories, and research tools related to the state of the science in nursing and health research. Focuses on integration of new technological and conceptual approaches to interdisciplinary knowledge development. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in healthcare; engages in interdisciplinary teams with academics and clinical practitioners.

Mixed Methods. (a) Combines quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand phenomena in health research. Focus is on learning to effectively design, implement, and critique mixed methods approaches, and synthesize and disseminate findings. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in health care.

 

Nurse Scientist and Scholar II. (a) Socializes students into roles of globally connected, research scholars. Focuses on activities that advance doctoral education and support professional development as well as learning and mentoring experiences that facilitate career development as nurse scientists and scholars. (b) Assumes leadership/advocacy positions to advance health care; synthesizes ethical issues and standards related to science; engages in interdisciplinary teams with academics and clinical practitioners.

Research Synthesis. (a) Enhances students’ ability to apply information from doctoral coursework to their dissertation. Also helps students develop a rationale for the significance of the research problem, summarize key findings, and analyze methodological weaknesses in designs, frameworks, and measurement of outcome variables. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in healthcare.

Area of concentration (minor) (9 credits). (a) Student and mentor/committee identify courses that will directly inform the dissertation. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in healthcare.

Elective (9 credits). (a) The student’s Individual Development Plan (IDP) will help determine electives most relevant to his/her professional goals. These may include graduate courses in a clinical area aligned with the student’s research. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in healthcare.

Advanced Research. (a) Provides individualized research experiences supervised by a mentor, who helps the student conduct systematic literature reviews, prepare  manuscripts, collect and analyze data, develop grants, participate on a mentor’s research team, complete a qualifying examination, and write and defend a dissertation writing. (b) Synthesizes/generates knowledge for the discipline of nursing; disseminates findings to colleagues in healthcare.

There are two differences between our traditional BSN-PhD program and our 3-year curriculum:  Students will (1) complete their required electives before Summer of Year 2 and (2) take their qualifying examination in Summer of Year 2 instead of Fall of Year 3. This 3-year curriculum plan will also be offered to any non-FNS students.

There are three progression benchmarks. The first is the final paper at the end of the Research Synthesis course in Summer of Year 1, which evaluates the student’s ability to write cogently, critically analyze, and synthesize information from a variety of sources and present his/her area of research. We consider these skills to be critical for successful subsequent writing and dissertation work. The second is the qualifying examination, which has written and oral components and occurs the end of Year 2. The third is the written and oral dissertation defense. Along with the agreement of the supervisory committee, the student may complete either a traditional five chapter dissertation or a manuscript options, which requires the student to negotiate with the supervisory committee regarding the focus and content of 2-3 manuscripts and the peer-reviewed journals to which the manuscripts will be submitted. One manuscript must be databased and report the results of the student’s dissertation research.