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Nursing Education PHD – Courses & Requirements

The Nursing Education PhD is a 66 credit hour post-master's program which can be completed mostly online in 4 years, fitting around your schedule. You will contribute work toward your dissertation during each semester in the program, and in the fourth year all of your coursework will center on your dissertation.

Short Colorado Visits

  • There is a required 6-day orientation in July the summer before you start the program. You will spend three days in orientation on campus in Greeley and three days at the Nurse Educator Conference in Vail, Colorado.
  • Additional on-campus events include a proposal hearing, dissertation defense and oral comprehensive exams.

Degree Requirements (66 Credit Hours)

For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Program Students page.

See the Planned Course Sequence (listing which courses will be delivered each term of your program).

Nursing Science Master's to PhD Core (12 Hours)

NURS 702 Advanced Concepts of Vulnerable Populations (3)

NURS 703 Philosophical Underpinnings of Nursing Science (3)

NURS 707 Leadership in Health Policy (3)

NURS 711 Advanced Theory and Knowledge Development in Nursing (3)

Nursing Education (17 Hours)

NURS 710 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)

NURS 730 Scholarship of Teaching and Practice in Nursing Education (2)

NURS 741 Evidence-Based Teaching (3)

NURS 760 Advanced Nursing Curriculum Design and Program Evaluation (3)

NURS 780 Professorial Role in Nursing Education (3)

PSY 681 Cognition and Instruction I (3)

Electives (6 Hours)

Six credits of electives are scheduled in consultation with your advisor.

Research Core (15 Hours)

NURS 723 Design, Methods and Analysis in Health Care Research Part I (3)

NURS 724 Design, Methods and Analysis in Health Care Research Part II (3)

NURS 790 Doctoral Research Colloquium (3)

SRM 680 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3)

SRM 700 Advanced Research Methods (3)

Dissertation (16 Hours)

NURS 797 Doctoral Proposal Research (4)

NURS 799 Doctoral Dissertation (12)


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
4 years
$625/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Vicki Wilson


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