The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Programs

PhD Plan of Study

CORE COURSES:  ALL STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Credits

Prerequisites (must be taken within the last 3 years prior to admission): 

 

N603 Theoretical Components of Nursing (pre-requisite)

3

N604: Intro to Statistics for Health Research (pre-requisite) 

3

Core Courses:  

N700 History of Nursing Science and Philosophy

3

N710 Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research

3

N716 Intermediate Statistics for Health Research

3

N720 State of the Discipline of Nursing 

3

N730 Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research

3

N797M Measurement in Health Research

3

N810 Advanced Nursing Research

3

N820 Emerging Nursing Theory 

3

N870 Role of Scholar & Leader

3

N897X Topics in Health Research

3

Advanced Methods Elective

3

Cognate Electives

6

N899 Dissertation Proposal Seminar

1

Dissertation

18

Total Credits

57

POST-BACCALAUREATE STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE AN ADDITIONAL 22 CREDITS OF COURSEWORK:    

N603  Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science

3

N614  Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

3

N698A  Practicum for Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

1

N615  Advanced Pathophysiology

3

N619  Advanced Pharmacology

3

N630  Research Methods in Nursing

3

N697S  Introduction to Statistics

3

N697SW   Scholarly Writing (Suggested) 

3

 

Dissertation

A dissertation is a product of independent research that makes an original contribution to
nursing science and demonstrates the candidate’s intellectual competence. The dissertation
research is conducted under the supervision of a dissertation committee, a group of at least
three faculty members. Two of the members must be from the College of Nursing, the third
graduate faculty member must be chosen from another department.