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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

The Ph.D. in Nursing program is to develop nursing scholars, faculty, leaders and researchers to prepare students to conduct research and advance nursing knowledge development through scientific inquiry. The course of study will emphasize the role of the scholar/researcher, approaches to theory development, multiple methods of research, and the approaches to knowledge development for nursing.

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Situated within the School of Nursing, the mission of the Ph.D. in nursing program is to develop nursing scholars, faculty, leaders and researchers who can conduct research and provide leadership through scientific inquiry. The PhD program prepares nurse scientists that emphasize the role of the scholar/researcher, approaches to theory development, multiple methods of research, and the approaches to the development of new knowledge to enhance relationships among the client, the nurse and client, and within nursing practice. 

Program of Sutdy

#1 4-year program of study

Fall

Spring

Summer Intensive/Hybrid

NUR  701    Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

NUR 702         Research Methods 1 – Qualitative

                        (3 credits)

NUR 705   Knowledge Development in Nursing NUR 735       Research Methods II: Quantitative                           Research  (3 credits)

NUR 715 Analysis and Evaluation of Theories impacting Client Phenomena (3 credits)

NUR 710 Approaches to Nursing Knowledge and Theory Development: Deductive Process  (3 credits)

NUR XXX Research elective (3 credits)

NUR 730 Analysis and Evaluation of Theories for Client and Nurse Relationships (3 credits)

NUR 731 Analysis and Evaluation of Theories for Nursing Practice  (3 credits)

NUR 750  Emerging Roles: Nurse Scientist, Scholar and Leader (3 credits)

NUR 760  Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)

NUR 760  Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)

NUR 760  Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)

NUR 760  Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)

NUR 760  Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)

#2 3 Year Plan with Summer Intensive courses

Fall

Spring

Summer Intensive/Hybrid

NUR  701     Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

NUR 702         Research Methods 1 – Qualitative

                        (3 credits)

NUR 705    Knowledge Development in Nursing (3 credits)

NUR 735       Research Methods II: Quantitative                           Research  (3 credits)

NUR 715 Analysis and Evaluation of Theories impacting Client Phenomena (3 credits)

NUR 710 Approaches to Nursing Knowledge and Theory Development (3 credits)

NUR XXX Research elective  (3 credits)

NUR 730  Analysis and Evaluation of Theories for Client and Nurse Relationships (3 credits)

NUR 731  Analysis and Evaluation of Theories for Nursing Practice  (3 credits)

NUR 750  Emerging Roles: Nurse Scientist, Scholar and Leader (3 credits)

NUR 760  Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)

NUR 760  Dissertation Seminar (6 credits)

NUR 760  Dissertation Seminar (6 credits)

#3 3 Year Plan with no Summer Intensive courses

Fall

Spring

NUR  701     Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

NUR 702         Research Methods 1 – Qualitative

                        (3 credits)

NUR 705   Knowledge Development in Nursing Science

(3 credits)

NUR 735       Research Methods II: Quantitative                           Research  (3 credits)

NUR 715 Analysis and Evaluation of Theories impacting Client Phenomena (3 credits)

NUR 710 Approaches to Nursing Knowledge and Theory Development (3 credits)

Research elective (3 credits)

NUR 730  Analysis and Evaluation of Theories for Client and Nurse Relationships (3 credits)

NUR 731  Analysis and Evaluation of Theories for Nursing Practice  (3 credits)

NUR 750  Emerging Roles: Nurse Scientist, Scholar and Leader (3 credits)

 NUR 760  Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)

NUR 760  Dissertation Seminar (12 credits)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Incorporate mastery of knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to engage in activities that extend disciplinary knowledge as a scholar and researcher.
  2. Combine logical, critical and scientific thinking with ethical integrity in the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of nursing research.
  3. Integrate the philosophical foundations of knowledge into theory and research development that contributes to the improving nursing care and practice.
  4. Select theories and research relevant to the care of diverse, ethnic and cultural populations.
  5. Collaborate and communicate as a scholar within nursing and interdisciplinary community in the conduct and application of research.
  6. Pursue lifelong learning and ongoing personal development through excellence in scholarly activities within and beyond the discipline.
  7. Embrace the diversity of opportunities for career development, professional roles and disciplinary leadership as a nurse scientist, scholar, educator or mentor.

Program Components

Phase I. Students accepted to the Ph.D. program will be admitted in cohort groups. Students will complete 45 required credits of coursework in Spirit of Inquiry that is addressed in 3 core required nursing courses (9 credits) and 3 courses of research methods (9 credits). The nursing courses lay the theoretical groundwork for knowledge development and include courses in philosophy of science, theory basis for nursing science, and analytical approaches to reasoning including an exploration of inductive and deductive approaches to theory development. Research supporting analytical approaches will also be explored. The 3 research method courses, including qualitative and quantitative research, provide in depth review of research inquiry and various methodological approaches to study phenomena. 

Phase II. In Phase II of the Ph.D. program, all students are required to pass a comprehensive exam that is based on the core courses. Students will take the exam when all the required courses are completed. Students must pass the exam before beginning Phase III.  The Director of the Doctoral Program will appoint 2 or 3 faculty members to write and evaluate the comprehensive exam. The members of the exam writing committee will be familiar with the key topics of the core courses. A student will advance to Phase III—Doctoral Candidate after passing the comprehensive exam.

Phase III—Doctoral Candidate. This is the final phase of the program and includes the completion of a dissertation.  By enrolling in - NUR 760 Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation Advisement and Doctoral Seminar (15 credits) for 1-12 credits a semester. The dissertation is research-based and must include original research. Students will develop dissertation proposals in consultation with their dissertation committee.

Application Requirements

A student applying to the Ph.D. program must have an earned bachelor’s and master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Other requirements will include:

The admissions requirements for the Ph.D. in Nursing include:

  • A completed graduation application and non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College).  An online application is also available here.
  • Current Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation should address scholarly potential.
  • Submission of any published works or scholarly paper.
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree and any other graduate work.
  • Essay of 250-500 words on professional goals, motivation for graduate study and a summary of applicant’s research interests.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required.  Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
  • Interview with the Program Director and/or Vice President of the Van Loan School.
  • Basic registered nursing preparation and a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.  Official transcripts must be submitted.  A 3.0 grade point average at the master’s level is required.
  • Eligible for registered nurse licensure.

All admissions requirements are included in the Graduate School catalog, including the print and online versions.

Required Credentials: All students are required to meet the College’s current standards for medical entrance compliance and to provide documentation of licensure as a professional nurse. After admission, compliance requirements are based on the student’s program of study. For example, doctoral students who conduct research at a clinical site are required to meet all requirements related to orientation, immunizations, CPR, malpractice insurance, and any background checks required by the facility.

All applications to the Ph.D. program will be reviewed by a committee including the Director of the Doctoral Program, Dean of the School of Nursing and two faculty members. The Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School will make final decisions.

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