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Post-BS to PhD Program

PhD students study a carefully developed curriculum with guidance from research-focused faculty.

The Post-BS to PhD program at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing equips baccalaureate-prepared nurses to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing. The program prepares students to become global and national leaders, scientists and scholars who make significant contributions in theory generation and knowledge development.

About the Post-BS to PhD Program

The Post BS to PhD Program offers students a flexible learning opportunities with all required courses available online in a distance learning format. The program must be completed within seven years.

Nursing research encompasses a wide scope of scientific inquiry that provides a body of knowledge to advance nursing practice, shape health policy, and impact the health of people, families and communities both locally and globally. The University at Buffalo School of Nursing has a number of scholarly teams with diverse interest interest areas. Graduate students are encouraged to join one of our many scholarly teams.

Program Requirements

Curriculum

Post-BS to PhD Curriculum

YEAR ONE

Foundation Courses Credits
NGC 501 Conceptual Foundations of Nursing 3
NGC 509 Ethics for the Health Professions 3
NGC 518 Health Promotion and Epidemiologic Methods 3
NGC 520 Scientific Communication 2
NGC 533 Teaching in Nursing 3-4
Research Area Elective 3
Research Courses Credits
NGC 526 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care I 4
NGC 527 Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care II 4

Year Two and Beyond

Foundation Courses Credits 
NGC 632     
Interpreting Health Care Policy
3
NUS 691 Advanced Information Technology in Practice, Education and Research 1
NGC 692 Seminar in Grantsmanship 1
NUS 700 Advanced Theory Construction and Development 3
NGC 701 State of Nursing Science 3
NUS 739 Philosophy of Inquiry 3
Research Courses Credits
NUS 694 Quantitative Methods in Health Care Research 3
NUS 695 Advanced Statistical Techniques 3
*NUS 697 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods 3
NUS 705 Designing and Testing Interventions and Innovations 3
NUS 706 Psycho-Social Measurement and Questionnaire Construction 3
NUS 708 Research Practicum 2
*NUS 710 Interpretive Phenomenology 3

*Students may choose to take NUS 697 OR NUS 710

Elective Courses Supportive of Dissertation and Research Role                              
Credits
Electives 9

Dissertation Courses

Credits
NUS 699 Dissertation Guidance 12
NUS 702 Dissertation Seminar (required each dissertation semester)
2

Assessment and Measurement

Credits

CEP 502

Assessment of Learning and Instruction

3

CEP 503

Tests and Measurements

3

CEP 509

Educational and Psychological Measurement

3

Dissertation Credits: 14

Minimum Required Post-BS Credits : 79

Additional Curriculum for Optional Advanced Certificate

Optional Advanced  Certificate in Nursing Education Credits
NUS 691

Advanced Information Technology in Practice, Education, & Research

1
NUS 691L

Education Technology Laboratory

1
NSG 533

Teaching in Nursing

4
 

A minimum of nine (9) additional credits in an area chosen by the student, with approval of his/her faculty advisor, that fit the student's professional objectives.*

9

Minimum Required Advanced Certificate Credits: 15

* These courses may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Assessment & Measurement

Credits

CEP 502

Assessment of Learning and Instruction

3

CEP 503

Tests and Measurements

3

CEP 509

Educational and Psychological Measurement

3

NUS 706

Psycho-Social Measurement & Questionnaire

3

Educational Technology

Credits

CEP 506

Introduction to Educational Technology

3

CEP 508

Educational Uses of the Internet

 

CEP 555

Learning, Teaching and Technology

 

CEP 565

Computers and Learning

3

LAI 678

Digital Media in Education

3

Learning, Cognition & Development

Credits

CEP 546   

Topical Seminar in Human Development

3

CEP 560

The Psychology of Learning and Instruction

3

CEP 564

Cognitive Psychology

3

CEP 566

Topical in Human Learning

3

Higher Education & Student Development

Credits

ELP 501

Higher Education in the U.S.

3

ELP 508

Community College

3

ELP 509

The American College Student

3

ELP 514

Student Development

3

ELP 533

College Impact on Students

3

Qualifying examination and dissertation proposal

Successful completion of a written qualifying examination developed by the student’s dissertation committee and an oral defense of the proposed research for the dissertation are required of every PhD student before beginning their dissertation research.

The qualifying examination is generally attempted following the completion of all (or the majority) of coursework. Defense of the dissertation proposal provides an opportunity for the faculty, in addition to the student’s committee, to contribute to the scholarly development of the student’s work and promotion of science. The dissertation must represent the outcome of independent, original research mentored by the Chair and committee and is defended orally at the direction of the student’s dissertation Chair.

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