Post-Master's Ph.d. Curriculum Plan

The preferred curriculum plan for Georgia Baptist College of Nursing’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing program involves continuous semesters of study. Students are admitted once a year to begin coursework in the fall Semester.

A sample full-time curriculum plan is provided below. A part-time curriculum plan may be developed on a limited basis for students if approved by the associate dean for graduate programs.

Full-Time Curriculum Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 – Fall

  • NUR 825: Philosophical Influences on Nursing Science, 3 hours
  • NUR 830: Becoming a Nurse Scholar, 3 hours
  • NUR 841: Research Design and Methods for Nursing Science I, 3 hours

Total semester credit hours: 9

Semester 2 – Spring

  • NUR 826: Knowledge and Theory Development in Nursing, 3 hours
  • NUR 842: Research Design and Methods for Nursing Science II, 3 hours
  • NUR 851: Applied Statistical Reasoning I, 3 hours

Total semester credit hours: 9

Semester 3 – Summer

  • NUR 816: Foundations of Nursing Education, 3 hours
  • NUR 831: Ethics in Nursing Research, 2 hours

Total semester credit hours: 5

Year 2

Semester 4 – Fall

  • NUR 844: Research Seminar, 2 hours
  • NUR 852: Applied Statistical Reasoning II, 3 hours
  • NUR 853: Qualitative Data Analysis, 3 hours

Total semester credit hours: 8

Semester 5 – Spring

  • NUR 817: Nursing Program Development and Evaluation, 3 hours
  • NUR 843: Research Design and Methods for Nursing Science III, 3 hours
  • NUR 845: Research Synthesis, 3 hours

Total semester credit hours: 9

Semester 6 – Summer

  • NUR 815: Dissertation Research, 6 hours

Total semester credit hours: 6

Year 3

Semester 7 – Fall

  • NUR 815: Dissertation Research, 6 hours

Semester 8 – Spring

  • NUR 815: Dissertation Research, 6 hours

Students will complete the dissertation process during Semester 8 or continue to register for (1) semester hour of NUR 815: Dissertation Research until graduation.

Total course hours: 58 minimum