Coursework Requirements for All PhD Students

The PhD Program in Nursing requires a minimum of 47 credit hours of course work prior to the dissertation. The Plan of Studies below illustrates the scheduling of the required coursework.

  • PhD course work is structured with a substantial core (36 credits) of nursing science and research methods to be taken in the School of Nursing.

  • This core will be expanded with elected statistics, research methods, and cognate courses in an outside field of study or minor area (9 credits) to be taken mainly outside of nursing in other Duke University departments. The student will choose elective courses with the guidance and approval of the supervisory committee. In addition, the supervisory committee may require the student to take courses above the minimum if the student needs additional course work to support dissertation research plan.

  • Additional requirements include a one-semester research practicum (1 credit) and a one- semester teaching practicum (1 credit).

PhD Program in Nursing 2017 Plan of Studies
Year One: 2017-2018  
Fall Credits Spring Credits
NURSING 901. Philosophy of Science & Theory Development 3 NURSING 903. The General Linear Models 3
NURSING 902. Quantitative Research Designs 3 NURSING 906. Qualitative Research Methodology 3
NURSING 907. Overview of Chronic Illness & Care Systems 3 NURSING 908. Context of Chronic Illness & Care Systems 3
NURSING 911. Introductory Statistics 3 NURSING 918. Leadership in Science: The Role of the Nurse Scientist 1
TOTAL 12   10
Year Two: 2018-2019  
Fall Credits Spring Credits
NURSING 909. Intervention Research Methods in Health Care 3 Elective or NURSING 921. Integrated Interdisciplinary Research Practicum 1
Elective or NURSING 921. Integrated Interdisciplinary Research Practium 3 NURSING 905. Longitudinal Methods 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
TOTAL 10-12   10-12
Year Three: 2019-2020
Fall Credits Spring Credits
NURSING 910. Doctoral Seminar in Nursing Science: Dissertation 2 Dissertation 0
NURSING 920. Doctoral Mentored Teaching Practicum 1    
TOTAL 3   0
Year Four (Optional) 2020-2021


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