BS to PhD

The purpose of the BS to PhD program is to prepare nurse scholars whose focus is research and scholarship in the delivery of health care to rural residents and/or other vulnerable populations. Graduates of the program will be able to study significant issues in nursing and generate theory which will extend the knowledge base of nursing for those populations. Program plans are individualized to meet each student's academic goals and program requirements. Students may opt to have a Masters degree awarded along the way to the PhD. Additional course work may be required. Students should work closely with their chair/adviser to assure that they take appropriate coursework.

Core courses include:

  • Research Methods
  • Conceptualization
  • Nursing for Rural and Vulnerable Populations
  • Health Systems

PhD Program Outcomes:

Utilize computer skills to analyze research data

Utilize theories to support a research agenda in rural nursing

Utilize research skills and processes to evaluate and develop health policy for rural and vulnerable populations

Demonstrate leadership in social, ethical, cultural, economic, and political issues related to rural nursing

BS to PhD in Nursing Curriculum


If you were admitted prior to Fall 2012, please click HERE to view your program plan.
If you were admitted from Fall 2012-Spring 2014, please click HERE to view your program plan.

(See the University Bulletin for course descriptions.)
I. Research and Theory Credits
  NURS 600. Advanced Quantitative Analysis 3
  NURS 603. Advanced Statistics: Multivariate 3
  NURS 604. Qualitative Methods for Nursing Research 3
  NURS 607. Advanced Research Practicum 3
  NURS 690. Research Practicums (4 three-credit courses) 12
  Total 24
II. Conceptualization Courses  Credits
  NURS 601. Theoretical and Conceptual Analysis of Nursing Science 3
  NURS 602. Conceptual Analysis for Investigation of Nursing Phenomena 3
  NURS 623. Clinical Seminar in Rural Health: Health Promotion OR  
  NURS 624. Clinical Seminar in Rural Health: Response to Illness 3
  Total 9
III. Rural Nursing and Rural Healthcare Systems Credits
  NURS 621. The Rural Imperative: Theoretical Frameworks for Rural Nursing OR 3
  NURS 622. Vulnerable Populations: Theoretical Framework  
  NURS 640. Rural Sociology course 4
  Total 7
IV. Clinical Focus Credits
  Clinical Focus courses are individually determined by student & chair and can be taken at either the Masters or Doctoral levels. Typically students complete the clinical (practice) courses for the specialization that supports their research interest (e.g, Family Nursing I, II, and III, but a clinical set of courses could be individually designed with approval of both the faculty adviser and Program Director. Advanced Practice Role courses (i.e., Educator, Administrator, NP, and CNS) can be added for additional credits. min. 9
  Total min. 9
V. Health Policy Credits
  NURS 633. Advanced Health Systems 3
  NURS 634. Health Policy Formulation 3
  Total 6
VI. Cognates Credits
  N.660. Leadership in Nursing Education 3
  N.661. Teaching Practicum (Required if student has no prior teaching experience) 2
  Cognate- Cognate course may be taken in any of the above semesters or while writing the dissertation 3
  Total 6-8
VII. Comprehensive/Qualifying Examination (Total Credits) 1
VIII. Dissertation (Total Credits) 1
  Students will register for 1 credit per semester until Dissertation is completed and defended.  
  Total Program Credits (Pre-dissertation) 62-64


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Last Updated: 3/19/14