Class of 2013
Thank you for your interest in the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing Ph.D. Program. The College of Nursing offers a doctoral program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Nursing. The doctoral program prepares nursing scholars capable of integrating research, theory, and practice into their roles as researchers, educators, and/or administrators. Given the impending shortage of nursing faculty in the U.S., we place special emphasis on preparation for the faculty role through course work and preceptorship experiences. Newly available is a curriculum option for nurse educators, involving 5 consecutive semesters of course work, followed by the dissertation. Students pursuing this option will earn a certificate in Nursing Education. In collaboration with the Department of Public Health in the college of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, we also offer the option of a graduate certificate in health policy. Funded by the U.S. Dept of Health Services, the college of Nursing also offers a certificate in Global Disaster Nursing. Minors in gerontology or statistics are also available. Faculty research expertise is strong in the areas of women’s physical and mental health, anger and violence, disaster nursing, empathy, gerontology, psychoneuroimmunology,and nursing education. The College of Nursing is a Cooperating Site of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (co-directors Joanne Hall and Sandra Thomas). Discourse analysis, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and grounded theory are prominent among the qualitative approaches used by faculty researchers. A new manuscript dissertation option is available.
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Program Delivery Mechanisms
The PhD program is delivered by a combination of on-line learning and periodic block scheduling of on-campus orientation and instructional activities. Students are required to be on campus once early in the semester and once near the end. On-campus time is for professional development, face to face meetings, classes, presentations, examinations, seminars, discussion and mentoring. On-campus schedules may vary slightly from term to term. The schedule for 2013-2014 is available under "Resources". Notice that PhD students enter during summer semester, rather than fall semester.
There are four (4) options* to complete the program: (click on links under PhD Resources to review these programs of study)
- An option for nurse educators that includes a minor in education.
- A full-time curriculum for students desiring cognates other than education.
- A part-time curriculum (2 courses per semester).
BSN-to-PhD curriculum for students who do not have an MSN degree.
Students who desire can elect to receive the MSN degree along the way,
but this is optional.
*Note that all options make maximum use of summers. Possible cognate areas include but are not limited to anthropology, child and family studies, psychology, education, gerontology, management, medical ethics, philosophy, public health, social work, and statistics.
It is best to begin searching for information by clicking on "About the PhD Program". Click the links to access application forms (PhD program Data Form and PhD Rating Form) and information about curriculum.
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PhD Program Information
Application deadline for next cohort (starting Summer 2014) is January 31, 2014. This is an online program with two on-site sessions per semester.
Sandra P. Thomas, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor and Director of the PhD Program
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- About the PhD Program
- PhD Program Information - showcase (PDF)
- PhD HandBook (PDF)
- On-Site Schedule of Classes Fall 2013 (PDF)
- Schedule of Doctoral Classes 2013-2014 (PDF)
- PhD Faculty & Staff
- PhD Flier (PDF)
- DNP or PhD? (PDF)
Program of Study Options
New PhD Students
- Ready for Online Learning?
- Hardware & Software Requirements
- Student/Faculty Community
- PhD Newsletter
- Boyton Lecture Presentation
PhD Program Information
If you have any questions, please send inquiries to CONgrad@utk.edu
College of Nursing
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Phone: (865) 974-4151
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