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Term: Fall, Year 1

NURS 70000 Philosophy of Science
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
The focus of this course is the philosophy of science and its relation to both the practice of nursing and the scholarly discipline of nursing. In it we will investigate questions such as: What is Science?  How can we tell the difference between science and pseudo-science?  What is distinctive about scientific reasoning and explanation? How are we to understand scientific revolutions? What role does gender play in science?
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Doctorate in Nursing Science Program with completion of all admission requirements and a master’s level course in nursing theory.
 
 
NURS 70l01 Educational Research in Health Care Settings
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
Select educational theories and models in nursing and other disciplines are critically evaluated for utilization with culturally, linguistically, and educationally diverse health consumers, communities, students, health care professionals, and employees in a variety of health care settings. Educational strategies and techniques for assisting culturally diverse nurses, other health professionals, and organizations develop cultural competence are critically appraised for utilization in various practice, management, and educational settings. Eliminating health disparities through the use of culturally competent health consumer education is emphasized. Students will examine a variety of educational research studies, including learner outcomes assessment modalities for diverse populations and health literacy. Future directions and role development as a nurse scientist are explored.
 
 
NURS 72000 Nursing Care Perspectives to Eliminate Health Disparities
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
The focus of this course is to examine both competing and complementary theories of health care disparities and how each affects health care. A variety of theoretical models such as the health belief model, theory of reasoned action, trans-theoretical model and stages of change will be examined for their historical value in understanding health behavior change. Their relevance for changing particular behaviors in various minority populations will be challenged. New theories related to diversity of racial and ethnic communities and selected nursing theories that attempt to understand the inequities in health care practice and health status will be explored.
Prerequisites: Master’s Level Course in Health Policy
 
 
NURS 70300 Advanced Scientific Writing I
1 credit
 
Preparation of doctoral students for advanced scientific writing by instruction on the standards of good writing and use of the required style manual, as well as critiques of students’ writing. A writing assignment is developed in stages throughout the course for student and instructor
critiques of outlines, titles, introductions, descriptions of quantitative and qualitative studies, and other aspects of developing formal papers.  For clarity of writing, emphasis is on preparing readers, writing general to specific, developing appropriate transitions, and paragraphing.  For nursing science, emphasis is on the correct use of references, writing analyses, syntheses of research reports, and scientifically supporting the position of a formal paper, including research proposals.
 
Term: Spring, Year 1
 
NURS 70100 Development of Nursing Knowledge
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
                                               
The focus of this course is on examining the relevance of theories and models and their relationship to the domain of knowledge development in nursing. The development and analysis of theory in nursing and methods for derivation of concepts and theories to generate nursing knowledge will be examined. The conceptual basis of selected nursing theorists will be analyzed. Selected theories from the biosocial and behavioral sciences as well from the empirical, ethical and aesthetic domain will be examined.
Prerequisites:  NURS 7000, NURS 70101, NURS 72000, NURS 70300


NURS 72100 Nursing Initiatives for Policy and Economics
3 credits, 45 classroom hours

This course is designed to demonstrate the effects of various conceptual frameworks on the understanding of multidimensional factors influencing the designs of health policy within the local, national, and global arenas. The interrelationship between economics, politics and policy development will be examined as well as the effects of nursing research initiatives.
Prerequisite: Master’s level health policy course, NURS 7000, NURS 70101, NURS 72000, NURS 70300
 
 
NURS 70102 Interdisciplinary Research and Theories
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
Select interdisciplinary theories related to nursing will be explored and critically analyzed for application to nursing. Interdisciplinary theories and frameworks related to nursing and health care will be identified and analyzed for their appropriateness and application to guide nursing research. Opportunities will be provided to integrate interdisciplinary theories into nursing conceptual frameworks. Through readings and discussion of theories and research, student will explore the nature of health, human behavior and social and behavioral change. Further investigation of theories and research will be included to address issues related to health disparities, urban health and social issues related to nursing.
Prerequisites or Co-requisite: NURS 7000; NURS 70101; NURS 72000; NURS 70300
 

NURS 70201 Bioethics I
1 credit
 
This course analyzes theories and models that are pivotal in examining ethics and ethical decision in nursing. Students will analyze the use of models related to ethics in the literature and how they are applied to nursing.  Concepts to be explored will include: caring, virtue, feminist, relational and narrative approaches to ethics with a focus on three ethical theories, with specific application to nursing: rule ethics, virtue ethics and feminist ethics.
Prerequisites: NURS 70100; NURS 72100; NURS 70102


NURS 70301 Advanced Scientific Writing II
1 credit
 
This second course in the three writing course sequence continues development of scientific writing with a special emphasis on writing for publication.  Identifying suitable journals for publication of students’ particular work is emphasized as well as the review and revision process. After identifying a suitable journal, each student prepares a publication for submission adhering carefully to the journal’s guidelines for authors. Students critique each other’s written work.
Prerequisite: NURS 70300
 
Term: Fall, Year 2
 
NURS 80000 Quantitative Research Methods
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
This course prepares students to design quantitative studies for nursing sensitive patient outcomes-based research.  These methods associated with true experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs such as comparative, correlational, exploratory- descriptive, and epidemiological are addressed. Strategies to control for external and intrinsic factors, collect data, develop sampling plans, analyze data and write research reports are implemented. The ethical context of research, including guidelines for conducting research with human subjects, is discussed through the course.  
Prerequisites: NURS 70100, NURS 72100, NURS 70102, NURS 70301
 
 
NURS 71100 Applied Statistics I
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
The focus of this first course in the two-semester statistics sequence will be on developing a conceptual understanding of the uses and interpretation of statistics involving the differences between and among populations (groups) including t tests, one way ANOVA, multifactorial ANOVA, Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) and Repeated Measures ANOVA. Drawing on current nursing research, the case study method will be used to enhance the students' conceptual understanding by illustrating actual applications of particular statistical techniques.
Prerequisites: Graduate level statistics course within the last 5years and NURS 70100
 
 
Nursing 81000 Qualitative Research Methods I
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
This course is designed to educate nursing doctoral students in qualitative research methodology from conceptualization through design and data collection as an applied research methodology for problem investigation, problem solving and evaluation in nursing and related health fields. The course includes a thorough discussion of qualitative research design and the role of theory in guiding and informing research design. The course introduces research problems, questions and design considerations.
Prerequisites: NURS 70100, NURS 72100, NURS 70102, NURS 70301
 

 
Term: Spring, Year 2
 
NURS 89001 Dissertation Seminar I       
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
The focus of this course is on the development of the doctoral candidate’s research into a dissertation proposal. Students present their research for peer and faculty critique. Through this process, research ideas evolve into a proposal that can be defended and implemented. Students also learn to develop their skills of critical appraisal and provide critique of the work of their peers.
Prerequisite:  Completion of First Exam, NURS 80000, NURS 81000, NURS 71100, NURS 70301, NURS 70201
 
 
NURS 71200 Applied Statistics II
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
This course introduces the student to the use of statistical techniques to answer clinically relevant questions, within the discipline of nursing. The focus of this second course in the two-semester statistics sequence is on developing a conceptual applied understanding of the uses and interpretation of statistics testing relationships between and amongst variables including correlation and linear models and their extensions to regression including multiple and hierarchical regression. Drawing on current nursing research, the case study method will be used to enhance the students' conceptual understanding by illustrating actual applications of particular statistical techniques.
Prerequisite: NURS 71100
 

Nursing 81100 Qualitative Research Methods II
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
           
This course is designed to provide more comprehensive examination and practice with qualitative research methods. Approaches will include in-depth interviewing and collection and analysis of field notes based on participant observations.  Skills will be developed through intensive field experiences.  Experience with Atlas or equivalent will be included for beginning level use of computer software to analyze qualitative data. Students will conduct a pilot research study as part of the course requirements.
Pre-requisite: NURS 81000
 

NURS 70302 Advanced Scientific Writing III
1 credit
 

Prerequisites or Co-requisite:  NURS 70301
 
Term: Fall, Year 3
 
NURS 89002 Dissertation Seminar II
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
The focus of this course is on the continued development of doctoral candidates’ research topics into dissertation proposals.  Students continue their development as nurse scientists through presentation of their research ideas for peer and faculty critique. Through this process, research ideas evolve into proposals that can be defended and implemented. Students further develop their skills of critical appraisal and provide critique of the work of their peers.
Prerequisites: NURS 89001, NURS 71200, NURS 8100, NURS 70302
 

NURS 71000   Measurement in Nursing Research
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
The focus of this course is the development of essential competencies required to locate, select, evaluate, and utilize instruments to operationalize study variables. Measurement theory will be presented in relation to criterion-referenced measures. Locating and employing a variety of measures will be presented including questionnaires, scales, visual analogs, semantic differentials, and physiologic measures.  This course will also present an overview of population-health data sets available on federal, state and local levels that explore how variables are assessed in these large surveys.  By understanding how data are collected about study variables, more generalizeable questions can be framed.  In addition, ethical considerations in nursing research and research issues in diverse populations will be discussed. Specific attention is given to the process of moving from concept to construct, measurement theory, validity/reliability issues, and measurement issues in diverse populations including literacy, stamina during illness/crisis, social desirability bias, sensitive data, translations, and cultural norms.
Prerequisites: NURS 70101; NURS 70102; NURS 70100; NURS 71100; NURS 72000; NURS 72100; NURS 80000
 

NURS 82000 Doctoral Practicum in Nursing Research
3 credits, 60 hours
 
A minimum of one semester field experience is required of all students. The course allows students to share ideas, examine hypotheses and develop research expertise with clinical experts, researchers and/or educators in a selected area. Objectives for the field experience will be developed with the student's advisory committee in cooperation with a nurse researcher employed a clinical agency or school of nursing. The advisory committee will determine the number of credits needed to complete degree requirements.
Prerequisites: NURS 89001, NURS 71200, NURS 8100, NURS 70302


NURS 70202 Bioethics II
1 credit
 
This course will focus on complex nursing research ethical issues using some of the theories and models from Ethics 1. Extensive attention will be paid to general research ethics and those underlying protection of human subjects.  Emphasis will be placed on research ethics involving elimination of health care disparities in vulnerable populations.  Elements of the IRB process will be presented with particular emphasis on IRB regulations in education and health care settings.  Differentiation will be made between the research traditions of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Prerequisites: NURS 70201, NURS 89001, NURS 71200, NURS 81000
 
Term: Spring, Year 3 and beyond
 
NURS 89003 Dissertation Seminar III
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
The focus of this course is on the continued development of doctoral candidates’ research topics into dissertation proposals.  Students continue their development as nurse scientists through presentation of their research ideas for peer and faculty critique. Through this process, research ideas evolve into proposals that can be defended and implemented. Students further develop their skills of critical appraisal and provide critique of the work of their peers.
Prerequisites: NURS 89001, NURS 89002
 

NURS 89004 Dissertation Seminar IV
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
The focus of this course is on the continued development of doctoral candidates’ research topics into dissertation proposals.  Students continue their development as nurse scientists through presentation of their research ideas for peer and faculty critique. Through this process, research ideas evolve into proposals that can be defended and implemented. Students further develop their skills of critical appraisal and provide critique of the work of their peers.
Prerequisites: NURS 89001, NURS 89002, NURS 89003
 
NURS 84000 Special Topics in Nursing
3 credits, 45 classroom hours
 
The focus of this course is to respond to new and specific areas of interest related to the development of knowledge within doctoral nursing research.  Faculty will develop Topics Courses based on new and emerging issues within advanced levels of nursing. Students will have the opportunity to participate in seminars that focus on cutting edge nursing content. Possible Special Topics in Nursing seminars might be: Ethnographic Research Methods for Nursing and Health; Phenomenological Research Methods for Nursing and Health; Utilization of Nursing Theories for Research; Utilization of Health Promotion Theories for Research; Childhood Obesity and Health Policy Research; Integrative Research Reviews and Clinical Nursing Education and Globalization, Health and Social Justice.