PhD in Nursing Ethics Curriculum

Our online interdisciplinary PhD in Nursing Ethics is a total of 47 credits. The program can be completed in four years and does require three in-person residencies. It is offered with the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Center for Healthcare Ethics.

How credits are calculated:

26 credits Nursing
12 credits Health Care Ethics
3 credits Cognate
6 credits Dissertation
47 credits Total

You can find the curriculum below. Please note that revisions to curricula are ongoing.

* Required On-campus Visit

** Required Study Abroad

Year 1

Summer
Course # Course Name or Program Requirement Credits
GPNG 901 State of the Science and Discovery 3 credits
Doctoral Week*
Fall
GPNG 927 Structure of Nursing Knowledge 3 credits
HC3 659 Methods in Health Care Ethics 3 credits
Spring
GPNG 923 Methods of Scientific Inquiry I 4 credits
HCE 643 Ethics of Care 3 credits

Year 2

Summer
GPNG 924 Methods of Scientific Inquiry II** 4 credits
GPNG 903 Measurement Issues 3 credits
Fall
GPNG 931 Applied Qualitative Practicum 3 credits
HCE 642 Multicultural Society and Healthcare Ethics 3 credits
Spring
GPNG 930 Applied Quantitative Practicum 3 credits
HCE 648 Clinical Ethics 3 credits

Year 3

Summer
Cognate 3 credits
GPNG 921 Foundations of Social and Distributive Justice in Health Policy 3 credits
Fall
Comprehensive Exams 1 credits
Spring
GPNG 915 Dissertation 1 credit

Year 4

Summer
GPNG 915 Dissertation 1 credit
Fall
GPNG 915 Dissertation 1 credit
Spring
GPNG 915 Dissertation 1 credit

Year 5

Summer
GPNG 915 Dissertation Defense* 1 credit