Saint Louis University

Post Master's
Thirty-nine (39) credits hours of course work are required in the PhD program curriculum. In addition, 12 credit hours of dissertation research are required. A maximum of 18 semester hours of course work from the master's degree program in nursing may be accepted and applied without charge as advanced standing toward the total 69 credit hours required.

Completion of an advanced statistics course or equivalent within the last five years is a program prerequisite. The prerequisite may be taken concurrently as part of a plan of study. The prerequisite must be completed prior to multivariate statistics.

Attendance at the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) annual conference is required the first year. Thereafter, students may attend MNRS or another research conference as proposed by their academic advisor. The MNRS conference is held early each spring in different cities throughout the Midwest.

PhD in Nursing Curriculum - Post Master's

  • Advanced standing form master's degree coursework (18)
  • Theory Development in Nursing (3)
  • Knowledge Development in Nursing: Philosophical Perspectives (3)
  • Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research (3)
  • Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research (3)
  • Multivariate/Multivariable Statistics in Nursing Research (3)
  • Research Issues in Health Promotion, Disease Protection, and Reduction of Health Disparities (3)
  • Research Issues in the Care of Acutely and Chronically Ill Populations (3)
  • Measurement of Nursing Variables (3)
  • Nursing Issues and Leadership Strategies (2)
  • Issues of Scientific Integrity in Nursing and Health Research (1)
  • Methodology Elective (3)
  • Area of Concentration (cognate) (9)
  • Dissertation Research (12)

TOTAL: 69 Credit Hours

Sample schedules follow:

PhD in Nursing Curriculum - Post Bachelor's
Master's level (Master's level courses are typically online, asynchronous learning.)

  • Ethics in Nursing and Health Care (2)
  • Health Promotion (3)
  • Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • Applied Univariate Statistics in Nursing Research (3)
  • General Research Methods (3)
  • Cognates in a declared nursing specialty, such as acute care, adult, gerontology, pediatrics, or psychiatric-mental health nursing (4-6)

Doctoral level (PhD courses are live, synchronous learning.)

  • Theory Development in Nursing (3)
  • Knowledge Development in Nursing: Philosophical Perspectives (3)
  • Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research (3)
  • Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research (3)
  • Multivariate/Multivariable Statistics in Nursing Research (3)
  • Research Issues in Health Promotion, Disease Protection, and Reduction of Health Disparities (3)
  • Research Issues in the Care of Acutely and Chronically Ill Populations (3)
  • Measurement of Nursing Variables (3)
  • Nursing Issues and Leadership Strategies (2)
  • Issues of Scientific Integrity in Nursing and Health Research (1)
  • Methodology Elective (3)
  • Area of Concentration (cognate) (9)
  • Dissertation Research (12)

TOTAL: 69-71 Credit Hours

Sample schedules follow:

  • Sample full-time study plan (coming soon)
  • Sample part-time study plan (coming soon)