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Targeting an alternative pathway to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing? UT Tyler’s innovative BSN to PhD in Nursing program enables nurses to advance directly from a bachelor’s degree to PhD without a master’s degree. Here’s a glimpse of our unique program: fewer classes, affordable cost, and a faster time to complete the program and graduate. With your degree, you can choose a variety of career paths, such as educators in a research-focused university, hospital administrators or leaders for nursing research in a health care system.

BSN to PhD in Nursing


NURS 5324 Healthcare Informatics
This course prepares the student to utilize informatics and health care technologies in the management of individuals, groups and organizations for the improvement of patient outcomes.
NURS 5355 Advanced Integrative Health
This course is designed for the master’s students who are not planning to pursue a nurse practitioner certification. Students will integrate concepts of advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology to apply advanced health assessment principles and skills for comprehensive examination of clients. Focus will be on common deviations from normal. Populations across the lifespan will be included.
NURS 6310 Philosophy of Science
The origins and development of philosophy and science are explored. Includes analysis of current state of the science, ways of knowing, models of knowledge generation, criteria for causation and argumentation.
NURS 6312 Theory Construction/Evaluation
In-depth analyses of theories and models applicable to nursing science. Concept analysis to support development and critique of conceptual models will lay the foundation to guide programs of nursing research and development of nursing projects.
NURS 6320 Data Management
Strategies for management of quantitative and qualitative data are analyzed. Data management software packages are utilized for the creation and analysis of data files. Primary and secondary data sets for research are managed.
NURS 6322 Advanced Statistics
Students will study advanced statistical techniques in health care research together with discussions on the corresponding research designs. Topics include various types of general linear modeling, multiple regression as well as non-parametric tests.
NURS 6324 Advanced Multivariate
Students will study advanced multivariate techniques in health care research and apply aspects of complex research designs and advanced statistical techniques including logistic regression, multiple analysis of variance and factor analysis.
NURS 6330 Quantitative Research Design
Advanced quantitative research that integrates methodology, design, measurement, analysis, and interpretation.
NURS 6333 Qualitative Research Design
Advanced qualitative research that integrates classical and developing philosophical traditions, methodology, design, analysis and interpretation is studied.
NURS 6337 Advanced Research Design
Theoretical, methodological and procedural aspects of data generation and measurement are presented. Measurement theory, concept operationalization and instrument development and testing for both qualitative and quantitative methods are explored.
NURS 6339 Mixed Methods Research
This course provides an introduction to the emerging field of mixed methods research including research designs, strategies for sampling, data collection, analysis and integration.
Foundational course to strengthen ability to engage in effective scholarly writing for dissemination of nursing knowledge. Philosophical and conceptual analysis of words is included. Progressively complex written products will allow the student to perfect writing skills through feedback/critique.
NURS 6342 Scholarship in Nursing
Elements of professional presentation, writing for publication and grant writing are examined, including exploration of priorities for funding and publication. Scientific integrity in grantsmanship and dissemination of knowledge is emphasized.
NURS 6350 Research in Transcultural Health
Research issues within a cultural milieu are explored. The emphasis is on building a community of nurses who lead through the use of culturally relevant scholarship, knowledge and technology to improve the health status of diverse communities. Differing world views that shape the delivery of nursing care are acknowledged, recognizing that research undertaken in one culture can have consequences and impacts on another culture.
NURS 6352 Healthcare Policy
The role of the nurse leader in research to shape health care policy is explored. Impact of economic, sociopolitical and other forces on policy formulation and access to care are considered.
NURS 6660 Dissertation
Original research contributing to the body of knowledge in nursing is conducted under the direction of a major professor.
NURS Electives (3 Courses - 9 Hours)
Elective courses should be chosen to enhance the student’s area of professional interest and skill development. These courses will be taken in NURS Administration, Education or IQS, and must be 3 credit, graduate level (5000) courses.


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