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The dissertation presents evidence of the student's ability to extend the knowledge base in nursing through original research on a topic of importance that has been previously unresolved. You should become as familiar with The Graduate School Policies and Procedures for Thesis, Project, and Dissertation Formatting as you are with the most current edition of the APA Manual.
Traditional or Non-traditional Dissertation Format
Students may choose either a traditional academic dissertation format or a non-traditional, three-paper dissertation format. Both formats require a dissertation committee, completion of 12 hours of dissertation credits, and a dissertation as a final product. Although the formal designation of the dissertation director/committee chair and committee members cannot occur until candidacy, the anticipated chair and the presumptive committee are to review dissertation plans as early as practical in the student's program. The decision of which dissertation alternative to pursue is foremost on the presumptive committee's agenda.
For more detailed information about the different dissertation formats and the process please see the Ph.D. Student Handbook.