Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Nursing Education Ph.D.


Program Overview

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Site: Extended Campus/Distance
Mode: Online
Start term: Fall

Director: Melissa Henry, Ph.D.

Location: Gunter 3080
Telephone: 970.351.2293
Fax: 970.351.1707
Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/nursing/

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education prepares nurses who provide professional leadership in nursing education, the scholarship of teaching, practice and research in the discipline. The program has one entry option: Master's to Ph.D.


General Doctoral Degree Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an ACEN, CNEA, or CCNE accredited institution with a major in nursing.
  2. A master's degree in nursing from an NLN/ACEN or CCNE accredited institution
  3. Current, unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse (licensure outside of the United States is acceptable).
  4. Meet Graduate School Requirements for admission.
  5. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 at the master's level
  6. Two letters of reference from former faculty or colleagues with a doctoral degree.
  7. A statement of career goals.
  8. One to two years of teaching experience recommended, but not required, prior to program enrollment.
  9. Sample of written scholarly work, project, or publication in which the applicant was the sole or primary contributor
  10. A personal interview may be required.

Degree Requirements — 66 credits

Research Core — 15 hours

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


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


NURS 790Doctoral Research Colloquium


SRM 680Introduction to Qualitative Research


SRM 700Advanced Research Methods


Research and Dissertation — 16 hours

NURS 797Doctoral Proposal Research

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NURS 799Doctoral Dissertation


Research Tools

Students must demonstrate research skills in areas pertinent to the dissertation research topic. The Students’ competence in these skills will be assessed by the Students’ oral exam committee and/or dissertation committee members.

Master's to Ph.D. Requirements

Students enter with a master’s in nursing and complete the doctoral degree with 66 hours. The general plan of study for students who enter the doctoral program is listed below.

Nursing Science Master’s to Ph.D. Core — 12 hours

NURS 702Advanced Concepts of Vulnerable Underserved Populations


NURS 703Philosophical Underpinnings of Nursing Science


NURS 707Leadership in Health Policy


NURS 711Advanced Theory and Knowledge Development in Nursing


Nursing Education — 17 hours

NURS 730The Scholarship of Teaching and Practice in Nursing Education


NURS 741Evidence-Based Teaching


NURS 760Advanced Nursing Curriculum Design and Program Evaluation


NURS 780The Professorial Role in Nursing Education


PSY 681Learning and Instruction


Choose one of the following courses:
NURS 710Measurement of Nursing Student Outcomes



SRM 670Evaluation: Models and Designs


Electives — 6 hours (with advisor’s approval)


*Equivalencies or portfolio experience will determine student’s need to take these additional hours (may be used as elective courses):

NURS 631Teaching Strategies for Practice and Academic Settings to Improve the Quality and Safety of Care


NURS 661Planning and Evaluating Education in Practice and Academic Settings


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