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College of Nursing

PhD Graduate Student

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (Ph.D.)

Sample Curriculum

The Ph.D. curriculum is designed with busy nursing professionals like you in mind. Choose either the full-time or part-time program for the learning pace that best suits your career and lifestyle. Executive-style weekend course delivery and online learning activities add flexibility for you to pursue your doctoral degree.

The South Carolina Experience

“The executive model implemented for the Ph.D. program is innovative and will open up the opportunity for more nurses interested in seeking a doctoral degree. The faculty in the College of Nursing is committed to the success of the students, and their dedication is evident.”

Beth Schultz, Ph.D. student and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar

 

Curriculum Entry

The Ph.D. program offers four entrance pathways:

  • DNP entry. About 39 hours of required coursework.
  • MSN entry. About 57 hours of required coursework.
  • BSN entry. About 75 hours of required coursework.
  • Master’s degree in another field entry. About 57 hours of required coursework plus master’s-level nursing courses.
YEAR 1
Fall 2018 (6 hours)
  • NURS 800 - Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NURS 804 - The Role of the Nurse Scientist
Spring 2019 (6 hours)
  • NURS 801 - Theory Analysis and Application for Nursing Science
  • NURS 810 - Nursing Research Methods I
YEAR 2
Fall 2019 (6 hours)
  • NURS 811 - Nursing Research Methods II
  • NURS 870 - Grant Proposal Development
Spring 2020 (9 hours)
  • NURS 803 - Scientific Knowledge in Nursing
  • NURS 813 - Nursing Research Methods III
  • NURS 898 - Research Internship
Summer 2020
  • Candidacy exam 
YEAR 3
Fall 2020 (6 hours)
  • NURS 899 - Dissertation Preparation
Spring 2021 (6 hours)
  • NURS 899 - Dissertation Preparation
TOTAL 39 credit hours
YEAR 1
Fall 2018 (9 hours)
  • NURS 800 - Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NURS 804 - The Role of the Nurse Scientist
  • Statistics Course
Spring 2019 (9 hours)
  • NURS 801 - Theory Analysis and Application for Nursing Science
  • NURS 810 - Nursing Research Methods I
  • Contributing Course or NURS 898 - Research Internship 
YEAR 2
Fall 2019 (9 hours)
  • NURS 811 - Nursing Research Methods II
  • NURS 870 - Grant Proposal Development
  • Contributing Course or NURS 898 - Research Internship   
Spring 2020 (9 hours)
  • NURS 803 - Scientific Knowledge in Nursing
  • NURS 813 - Nursing Research Methods III
  • NURS 898 - Research Internship
Summer 2020 (3 hours)
  • Candidacy exam 
  • Contributing Course or NURS 898 - Research Internship 
YEAR 3
Fall 2020 (9 hours)
  • NURS 898 - Research Internship  or Contributing Course 
  • NURS 899 - Dissertation Preparation
Spring 2021 (9 hours)
  • NURS 898 - Research Internship 
  • NURS 899 - Dissertation Preparation
TOTAL 57 credit hours
YEAR 1
Fall 2018 (9 hours)
  • NURS 700 - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing 
  • BIOS 700 - Introduction to Biostatistics
  • MSN Course
Spring 2019 (9 hours)
  • NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing 
  • MSN Course 
  • MSN Course 
YEAR 2
Fall 2019 (9 hours)
  • NURS 800 - Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NURS 804 - The Role of the Nurse Scientist
  • Statistics Course
Spring 2020 (9 hours)
  • NURS 801- Theory Analysis and Application for Nursing Science
  • NURS 810 - Nursing Research Methods I
  • Contributing Course or NURS 898 - Research Internship 
YEAR 3
Fall 2020 (9 hours)
  • NURS 811 - Nursing Research Methods II
  • NURS 870 - Grant Proposal Development
  • Contributing Course or NURS 898 - Research Internship 
Spring 2021 (9 hours)
  • NURS 803 - Scientific Knowledge in Nursing 
  • NURS 813 - Nursing Research Methods III
  • Contributing Course or NURS 898 - Research Internship 
Summer 2021 (3 hours)
  • Candidacy exam
  • Contributing Course or NURS 898 -  Research Internship 
YEAR 4
Fall 2021 (9 hours)
  • NURS 898 - Research Internship or Contributing Course 
  • NURS 899 - Dissertation Preparation
Spring 2022 (9 hours)
  • NURS 898 - Research Internship 
  • NURS 899 - Dissertation Preparation
TOTAL 75 credit hours

Contact the Nursing DNP Program Office

Have additional questions about the Ph.D. Program? 
Call us at 803-777-9173, email or stop by our office:
Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC  29208


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