The PhD course of study requires a minimum of 50 credit hours at the post-master’s level and 80 at the post-baccalaureate level. You will complete coursework pertaining to the philosophies of nursing science, theory development and verification, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and synthesis of theories from nursing, social, behavioral and biological sciences. You will also complete coursework in a cognate minor outside of the College of Nursing to build your interdisciplinary understanding.
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As a student in the PhD program, you will be required by The Ohio State University to take a written and oral examination prior to undertaking original research for your dissertation. The candidacy examination is a test of your comprehension of the field and allied areas of study, your capacity to undertake independent research and your ability to think and express ideas clearly. You will be eligible for candidacy after you have completed all required PhD coursework and received the approval of your candidacy examination committee. Both the written and oral exam must be satisfactorily completed to move on to the dissertation phase of the program.
Once candidacy has been achieved, you will enter the dissertation phase of the program. The dissertation is a scholarly contribution to nursing science and involves the generation of new knowledge. The dissertation allows you to demonstrate your ability to function as an independent scholar and command a high level of knowledge. Dissertations involve a final written document and oral examination. Both must be successfully defended at the discretion of your dissertation committee in order to graduate from the program.