Graduate Statistics Course
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing requires that all doctoral student applicants show evidence of a graduate-level statistics course prior to enrollment. This course must be reflected on an official transcript and must have been taken within five years from the date of application.
Conditional acceptance may be considered if the applicant is enrolled in a graduate-level statistics course prior to enrollment in doctoral coursework. Students who are accepted into one of the nursing doctoral programs but do not meet the statistics requirement are automatically considered for placement in the graduate-level statistics course.
The College’s graduate-level statistics course, NUR 675: Statistics for the Clinical and Behavioral Sciences, is offered online during the summer session.
This core course, worth three credit hours, provides learners with a basic understanding of statistical methods commonly used in clinical research and nursing education. Key statistical concepts are reviewed including sampling, level of measurement, probability, sensitivity/specificity, and Type I and Type II errors. Inferential statistical tests including chi-square, independent and dependent samples t-tests, simple linear regression, and analysis of variance are studied, and the application of these tests in research reports is analyzed and critiqued. Prerequisites include admission to the graduate program or permission of the associate dean for graduate programs.
Students who are not applying to a Mercer doctoral nursing program (i.e., a non-degree student) may be considered for acceptance into the summer online graduate statistics course by submitting the application for non-degree admission. This course fills quickly. Interested students should submit requests by April 1, preferably; admission may be determined in part by space availability.