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The School of Nursing

Dean: Elizabeth C. Poster, Ph.D.

669 Pickard Hall | Box 19407 | 817.272.2776 | www.uta.edu/nursing/

Special Programs and Opportunities | MSN Admission Requirements | MSN Degree Requirements | Nursing Certificates | Cooperative Programs | Dual or Joint Degree Programs | Ph.D. in Nursing| Ph.D. Admission Requirements | Ph.D. Degree Requirements | Courses: NURS

Mission and Philosophy

The School of Nursing is an integral component of The University of Texas at Arlington and subscribes to the mission of the University. The School of Nursing prepares quality nurse health care providers through excellence in education, scholarship and service. The undergraduate and graduate academic programs prepare individuals for professional nursing roles and for collaboration with other professionals and consumers in the delivery of holistic health care.

The faculty believes learning is a continuous lifelong process and a personal responsibility. Students must be actively involved in the learning process to acquire clinical proficiency and to be socialized into professional roles. Learning experiences are implemented to achieve sequence, continuity and synthesis of knowledge and expertise as defined by the educational outcomes). Teaching and learning are dynamic processes involving curriculum evaluation and revision based on research evidence, the needs of a multicultural society, and the changing health care system. The educational process facilitates the development of each person's potential and promotes cultural competence and assimilation of ethical principles.

Faculty and students foster an educational climate of mutual respect, honesty, intellectual inquiry, creativity, and effective communication. We contribute to the development of our profession through the conduct of research and the dissemination and application of evidence-based knowledge. Faculty and students provide service to the community through clinical practice and leadership.

Undergraduate nursing education builds on a foundation of studies in the sciences, humanities and arts. The baccalaureate program prepares competent, self-directed generalist nurses (Registered Nurses) who can assume increasing responsibility and leadership in the delivery of evidence-based nursing care.

Master’s education builds on a foundation of undergraduate nursing education and provides specialty practice with an expanded theoretical and empirical knowledge base. The Master of Science in Nursing programs prepare Registered Nurses for advanced functional roles that require increased accountability, expertise, and leadership. Graduates are prepared to provide evidence-based health care in collaboration with other health care providers and consumers.

Doctoral education develops and advances empirical knowledge to promote evidence-based practice in the discipline of nursing. Graduates have a background to develop theories and conduct research with vulnerable populations and to assume academic, research, and leadership roles. The doctorate provides a basis for future research programs and other scholarly activities.

Lifelong learning is the responsibility of each professional nurse. Continuing education programs developed by the School of Nursing are sensitive to the influences of a changing society and respond to the continuing education needs of professional nurses in Texas.

History and Overview

The UTA School of Nursing was established in 1971 as the U.T. System School of Nursing in Fort Worth and was housed in John Peter Smith Hospital. The first baccalaureate class enrolled in fall of 1972; the graduate program (MSN) began in 1975. In 1976, the school became an academic unit of UTA, moving to the campus in 1977.

The Undergraduate Program consists of the BSN and the RN to BSN programs. In addition to the Arlington campus, the RN to BSN program is offered via videotape on five extended campuses (parenthesis indicates the year in which each program was established): four rural sites of Paris (1990); Waco (1989); Kaufman (1996); and Denison (1990) and two urban sites at the University of North Texas System Center in South Dallas (2001) and Texas Health Resources in Dallas and Fort Worth (2004). The Graduate Program offers a Master of Science in Nursing with preparation as a nurse practitioner in the areas of Acute Care (1996), Acute Care Pedicatric (2005), Adult (1989), Emergency (2004), Family (1975), Gerontology (1984), Pediatric (1985) and Psychiatric-Mental Health (1995). Post-master's certificates are available in all the above nurse practitioner specialties. In addition, the UTA Graduate Nursing Program offers preparation in Nursing Administration (1982). Additional certificates are offered in the following areas: Nursing Education (2001), Nurse Educator Role (2002), Advanced Nurse Educator Role (2001) and Registered Nurse First Assistant (2003). A Ph.D. in Nursing was approved in April 2003 with classes beginning in Fall 2003. The Ph.D. program includes two portfolio areas of study: 1) Academic Role Development and 2) Clinical Research. A BSN to Ph.D. program was approved in 2005, with classes beginning in Fall 2006.

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). An annually updated source for the program's required tuition, fees and program length is NLNAC, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006 (telephone: 212-363-5555, Ext. 153 or 800-669-1656, Ext. 153). There are no accrediting agencies for nursing programs at the doctoral level.

Scholastic Activities and Research Interests of the Faculty

The research programs of the School of Nursing faculty are diverse. A sampling of their areas of study includes Hispanic health care (Dr. Mary Lou Bond); effects of colon cleansing/ gastroenterology (Dr. Marilee Schmelzer); nursing care outcomes (Dr. Carolyn L. Cason); chemical dependency and abuse (Drs. Cheryl Anderson and Diane Snow); care of persons with HIV disease and AIDS (Dr. Jennifer Gray); sickle cell disease (Dr. Phyllis Adams); care of the elderly (Drs. Melinda Hiemenz and Barbara Raudonis); nursing informatics (Dr. Pat Turpin); leadership and management (Dr. Sharon Judkins); effects of illness on cognitive function (Dr. Mary Schira); health services research (Drs. Susan K. Grove and Reni Courtney); noise in critical care unit (Dr. Wendy Barr); educational research (Dr. Lorrie Hegstad); and outcomes in psychiatric nursing (Dr. Elizabeth Poster); neonatology and very low birth weight (Dr. Judy LeFlore); character development among youth (Dr. Susan Rugari); and chronic mental illness (Dr. Mary Weber).

Special Programs and Opportunities

Learning Resources Center

Director: Dee Dee Freeman
The mission of the Center is to provide both undergraduate and graduate students a place to develop, refine, and apply knowledge in the clinical practice of skills. Computer labs are available for student use. Faculty are provided resources to support classroom instruction, clinical learning activities, and scholarly endeavors. Human patient simulation manikins are integrated into teaching.

Center for Nursing Research

Associate Dean for Research: Dr. Carolyn Cason
Research is an important component of the professional role in the School of Nursing. The Center provides research support services to faculty and students: identifying funding sources; developing competitive proposals; writing grant applications; retrieving literature; collecting, entering and analyzing data; and disseminating research results. Collaborative relationships for research with Metroplex health care agencies are in place.

Center for Psychopharmacology Education and Research

Directors: Dr. Diane Snow and Dr. Mary Weber
This Center is committed to advancing the knowledge of psychopharmacology and related neurosciences. The Center promotes the acquisition of this knowledge through education of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and other health care professionals.

Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health

Director: Dr. Mary Lou Bond
The Center is dedicated to fostering understanding between health care professionals and people of Hispanic/Latin American origin for the purpose of increasing understanding of health and healing through research of individual experience, cultural meanings and the structure of institutions as important variables influencing health outcomes. The Center is also committed to the provision of educational programs and services which will assist health care providers to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver increasingly culturally sensitive and competent care. The Center promotes interdisciplinary and interuniversity collaboration as a strategy for development of resources to solve or deal with bicultural issues facing health care professionals.

Rural Health Outreach Program

Director:Sylvia Rawlings
The purpose of the Center is to provide appropriate, affordable, accessible continuing education to the nursing staffs of acute care and psychiatric hospitals, long term care facilities, home health agencies, and other health care facilities in the rural communities of North Central Texas.

Center for Continuing Nursing Education

Director:Tanya Truitt, RN, MSN
The mission of this Center is to provide quality continuing nursing education for the improvement of nursing practice and health care in North Texas. The program strives to be a regional center for the advancement of professional continuing nursing education and to meet the diverse needs of nurses in most every clinical specialty and all levels of functional roles.

Center for Leadership in Nursing and Health Care

Director: Chick Deegan
The Center's mission is to provide students, faculty, nurse executives, managers and clinicians working in all types of health care settings the educational resources and specific programs to develop leadership skills complementary to the formal curricula of schools of nursing.

Programs

Major Areas of Study for MSN

Nursing Administration
Nurse Practitioner Programs

Acute Care Nursing
Acute Care Pediatric Nursing
Adult Nursing
Emergency Nursing
Family Nursing
Gerontology Nursing
Pediatric Nursing
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (Adult or Family)

Major Areas of Study for Ph.D. in Nursing

Academic Role Development
Clinical Research
BSN to Ph.D.

Nursing

www.uta.edu/nursing

Degrees in Nursing:

MSN
Ph.D.

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Non-Thesis

Doctoral Degree Plan

Dissertation

Dean

Elizabeth C. Poster
669 Pickard Hall, 817-272-2776

Associate Dean of Masters in Nursing and Graduate Advisor

Susan K. Grove
604 Pickard Hall, 817-272-2776

Associate Dean of Ph.D. in Nursing and Graduate Advisor

Jennifer Gray
518 Pickard Hall, 817-272-5295

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Bond, Cason, Grove, Mancini, Poster

Associate Professors

Anderson, Courtney, Gibson, Gray, Hegstad, , Raudonis, Schmelzer

Assistant Professors

Judkins, Rugari, Weber

Clinical Professor

Snow

Associate Clinical Professors

Baker, Barr, LeFlore, Schira

Assistant Clinical Professors

Adams, Carlson, Drinkard, Handy,Taylor, Turpin, Willson

Clinical Instructors

Carlson, Dihigo, Estrada, Fowler, Gariota, Gillman, Gonzalez, Harmon, McCLean, McLaughlin, Moake, Parker, Patrick, Rashdan, Schram, Wyrick

MSN Admissions Requirements

The applicant for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or proof of equivalent education at a foreign institution. Individual consideration may be given to applicants who hold a BSN degree from non-accredited programs and to applicants with baccalaureate degrees in other areas.

Potential students must also possess a current unencumbered Texas RN license for admission.

The School of Nursing admission criteria are detailed in the table on the next page. The admission status options are described, with a grade point average (GPA) and graduate record exam (GRE) ratio provided to clarify probationary and unconditional admission requirements.

Unconditional Admission

See the MSN Graduate Admission Table below.
Criteria for unconditional admission status are designated in the table on the next page.

Probationary Admission

See the MSN Graduate Admission Table below.
Criteria for probationary admission status and the GPA-GRE ratio are listed on the next page. When on probation, students can make no grade lower than a B in their first 12 semester hours of graduate coursework.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements will be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Status

Deferred decision is granted when a file is incomplete or when a denial decision is not appropriate.

Denial of Admission

An applicant will be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of admission criteria listed in the table on the next page.

MSN Graduate Admission Table

Admission Criteria Unconditional Probationary
GPA on last 60 hours of Undergraduate Program (BSN) (as calculated by Graduate School of UTA) 3.0[1] 2.8-2.99
GRE[2] Two highest GRE scores will be used in admission process. Waived[3] Verbal: 430-490[4]
or
Quantitative: 430-490[4]
or Analytical Writing: 3.0-3.5[4]
Analytical: 430-490[4]
(based on GPA/GRE ratio)
GMAT Required for MSN/MBA Dual Degree GPA x 200 + GMAT score = Minimum 1080 See MBA Advisor
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or TSE (Test of Spoken English) 550 on paper-based test or 213 on computer-based test (TOEFL) or Score of 40 or higher (TSE)
3 letters of recommendation Evaluated by Associate Dean of MSN Program
Clinical Experience Two years clinical experience recommended for all programs except Acute Care and Emergency Nurse Practitioner Programs, which require 2 years of acute care or emergency exprerience respectively.
Essay Evaluated by Associate Dean of MSN Program
Unencumbered RN License in Texas[5] Evaluated by Associate Dean of MSN Program
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Required only for the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
BSN from NLNAC or CCNE Accredited Program Evaluated by Associate Dean of MSN Program
Statistics Minimum grade of "C"
Physical Assessment for Nurse Practitioner Applicants Current within last three years (course or continuing education program)
Computer expertise for Nursing Administration applicants Reviewed by Director of Nursing Administration

 

[1] Minimum undergraduate GPA requirement for unconditional admission is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

[2] Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing GRE scores will be reviewed and the two highest scores will be considered for admission process. Rationale: The three GRE scores have similar correlations (r = .3 — .4) with the UTA MSN graduates' GPA. Thus, the scores seem to have similar ability to predict success in graduate study. The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) in Nursing approved that the two highest GRE scores be considered for the admission process, allowing the student some flexibility in the admission process.

[3] GRE Waiver Rationale: UTA Graduate Faculty have noted the students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater in BSN programs are more successful in the graduate nursing program than those with GPAs of 3.0 or less. Research literature strongly correlates undergraduate GPA in professional programs (last 60 hours) of BSN with success in Graduate Nursing Programs. GSC in Nursing approved waiver of GRE with 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate program.

[4] Students not meeting GPA/GRE ratio will be reviewed by a committee of Chair of the GSC in Nursing, Graduate Advisor, Director of Program student has selected for study and a Core Faculty. The committee will review the following: GPA; GRE scores (verbal, analytical/analytical writing and quantitative); letters of recommendation; TOEFL (if applicable); essay; and statistics grade. An applicant who performs successfully on a majority of these criteria will be admitted on probation. The committee will make a final admission decision and document that decision for the student record.

[5] All graduate nursing students must have an unencumbered license as designated by the Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE) for clinical courses. It is imperative that any student whose license becomes encumbered by the BNE must immediately notify the Associate Dean for the MSN Program. The complete policy about encumbered RN license is available online at: http://www.uta.edu/nursing/grad/unencumbered

GPA-GRE Ratio

Probationary Admission

 

GPA
Verbal
Quantitative
Analytical Writing or Analytical
2.9 ≥430 ≥430 ≥3.5 or ≥430
2.8 ≥440 ≥440 ≥3.5 or ≥440

 

Admission Policy for Individuals Ineligible to Continue Graduate Study at Another University: If potential students are ineligible to continue graduate study at another university and apply to the University of Texas at Arlington Graduate Nursing Program, we recommend that they be reviewed by a committee. The committee will be composed of: 1) Director of the Program they wish to study, 2) Representative core faculty, and 3) Graduate Advisor. The committee will make their recommendation for admission or denial based on the following: 1) Admission materials (GPA on the last 60 hours of BSN, graduate GPA, GRE scores, grade of C or higher on statistics, letters of recommendation, essay, and TOEFL score if applicable); 2) a narrative statement from the potential student providing a rationale for their ineligibility at another university; and 3) a plan for successful study at U.T. Arlington. The committee reserves the right to ask for additional materials as are needed. The committee will make its recommendation of admission or denial to the Graduate Office for the University.

MSN Fellowship Criteria

Fellowship selection will be based on the highest GPA in the last 60 hours of BSN. Candidates for fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  1. New students admitted to U.T. Arlington in the fall semester.
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of their BSN.
  3. Maintain 3.0 GPA in graduate credit hours while receiving the fellowship.
  4. Enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours in the long semesters.

MSN Degree Requirements

Students are required to have each semester's planned program approved by the Graduate Advisor prior to registration. A minimum of 36 semester hours, thesis or non-thesis option, is required for the degree. Three to six semester hours of elective coursework that supports the selected nursing study area are required and must be approved by the Graduate Advisor prior to registration. Students selecting nurse practitioner preparation in Acute Care Nursing, , Acute Care Pediatric Nursing, Adult Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Family Nursing, Gerontological Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and electing the thesis option are required to complete 51-54 semester hours for the degree depending on area of study. Students selecting Adult Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Family Nursing, Pediatric Nursing or Gerontological Nursing must select Nurse Practitioner as their functional area.

All non-thesis candidates for the degree of Master of Science in Nursing shall pass a written examination (comprehensive exams) or complete a scholarly project (master's completion project) as determined by the School of Nursing. All thesis candidates for the degree of Master of Science in Nursing shall present the completed thesis in a final oral examination.

MSN students must complete hours in required courses, nursing specialty area, functional role and elective(s).

MSN Required Courses

NURS 5327. Analysis of Theories for Nursing
NURS 5301. Research in Nursing
NURS 5328. Theory and Research Application in Nursing

MSN Nursing Specialty Areas

Each student must complete the required courses in at least one nursing specialty area:

Nursing Administration
NURS 5311, 5341, 5342, 5343, 5382

Nurse Practitioner Programs
Acute Care: NURS 5303, 5305, 5314, 5315, 5334, 5418, 5435, 5436, 5631
Acute Care Pediatric: NURS 5303, 5306, 5314, 5315, 5334, 5418, 5441, 5442, 5444, 5631
Acute Care and Primary Pediatric: NURS 5303, 5306, 5314, 5315, 5334, 5418, 5441, 5442, 5444, 5631, 5631
Adult: NURS 5303, 5305, 5313, 5315, 5334, 5418, 5420, 5421 or 5546, 5631
Emergency: NURS 5303, 5305, 5306, 5314, 5315, 5334, 5418, 5433, 5434, 5631
Family: NURS 5303, 5305, 5306, 5313, 5315, 5334, 5418, 5430, 5431, 5631
Gerontological Nursing: NURS 5303, 5305, 5313, 5315, 5334, 5418, 5420, 5422 or 5546, 5631
Pediatric: NURS 5303, 5306, 5313, 5315, 5334, 5418, 5442, 5444, 5631
Psychiatric-Mental Health (Adult): NURS 5303, 5305, 5315, 5334, 5418, 5424, 5425, 5631
Psychiatric-Mental Health (Family): NURS 5303, 5305, 5306, 5315, 5334, 5418, 5424, 5425, 5631

MSN Functional Role

Each student must complete the required courses in at least one functional role as designated by their degree plan:

Administration: NURS 5339, 5340
Nurse Practitioner: NURS 5350
Educator: NURS 5302, 5429

Electives/Independent Study

Elective courses may be taken in Nursing or other departments of the University. Electives can also be transferred from other universities with the approval of the Graduate Advisor. Independent study offers the student the opportunity to explore topics of special interest.

Post-Masters Nursing Certificates

The nurse practitioner certificate enables graduates to be recognized by the Board of Nurse Examiners as an Advanced Practice Nurse and to take a national certification exam in their area of specialization. Certificate students must complete the required courses for the nursing specialty area and functional role.

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Emergency Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Adult or Family)

Masters Nursing Certificates

Three certificates in Nursing Education are available through the School of Nursing.

MSN Cooperative Programs

Cooperative Agreement between The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing (TTUHSCSON). Students may transfer a maximum of 18 hours of designated courses from TTUHSCSON to fulfill part of the requirements for an MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at UTA. Students must complete 30 designated course hours at UTA. See Graduate Advisor for details of Cooperative Agreement.

Cooperative Agreement between The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing and The University of Texas Southwestern Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Students who had a BSN and then completed the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program may receive 6-9 hours of credit toward an MSN at UTA. The remainder of the nurse practitioner course requirements must be completed at UTA. See Graduate Advisor for details of Cooperative Agreement.

Cooperative Agreement between The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing and The University of Texas at Tyler (UTT). Students may transfer a maximum of 12-15 hours of designated courses from UTT to fulfill part of the requirements for an MSN at UTA. Students must complete 33-39 designated nurse practitioner course hours at UTA. See Graduate Advisor for details of Cooperative Agreement.

Veteran's Administration Medical Centers (VA). The School of Nursing has developed a Cooperative Agreement with eight VA Medical Centers across North Texas to deliver the Nursing Administration MSN through VTEL distanced education (DE) format. See Graduate Advisor for details of Cooperative Agreement.

Texas Health Resources (THR). A Cooperative Agreement exists between THR and the School of Nursing to offer the Nursing Administration MSN by VTEL to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. See Graduate Advisor for details of Cooperative Agreement.

Dual or Joint Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

Master of Science in Nursing Administration/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA) [60 credit hours]

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MSN/HCAD) [56 credit hours]

Joint Degree (MSN from UTA and MPH from U.T. Health Science Center at Houston)

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health (MSN/MPH) [62-64 credit hours]

Ph.D. Objective:

Doctoral nursing education builds on a foundation of prior nursing education and prepares the student for original research and theory development. The Ph.D. in Nursing Program is designed to prepare nurse scientists to meet the health needs of a rapidly changing and culturally diverse society. The central focus of the Ph.D. in Nursing Program is to prepare researchers and teachers who understand how communities evolve, interact, change and how they prescribe, understand and sanction health, illness and health seeking behaviors.

The Ph.D. in Nursing program offers two routes of entry. Potential students with a master’s degree in nursing may be admitted based on criteria outlined below. Potential students with a BSN may be considered for entry through the BSN to Ph.D option and should refer to the BSN to Ph.D. section.

M.S.N to Ph.D. Admission and Degree Requirements

The applicant for the doctor of philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) degree must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and have a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or proof of equivalent education at a foreign institution.

Foreign students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 on written portion or 213 on computer based test) or the Test of Spoken English (minimum score of 40). A foreign student wishing to be a graduate research assistant or a graduate teaching assistant will need to take the Spoken English Assessment, offered at UTA, or the Test of Spoken English. The foreign student must also possess a current Texas RN license for admission.

Ph.D. Admission Status Options

The School of Nursing admission criteria are detailed in the Ph.D. Program Requirements table.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants must meet all criteria for unconditional admission

Probationary Admission

Criteria for probationary admission status are designated in the Ph.D. Program Requirements table. When on probation, students can make no grade lower than a 3.0 in their first 12 semester hours of graduate coursework.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements.

Deferred Status

Deferred decision is granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Denial of Admission

An applicant will be denied admission if he/she has less than satisfactory performance on a majority of admission criteria listed in the table below. The Ph.D. Admissions Committee will make a recommendation for denial.

The Ph.D. Program in Nursing Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria Unconditional Probationary
Master' s Degree in Nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or American Association of Colleges of Nursing' s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited School of Nursing or equivalent. Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D. program in Nursing.
GPA on master' s coursework. 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
For international students, TOEFL score or TSE-A. TOEFL minimum score (550 on written portion or 213 on computer based test), OR a score of at least 40 on the TSE-A.
Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B. Implement as stated
Interview 7 or higher on rating scale of 1-10 6 or less on rating scale of 1-10 Evaluated by Admissions Committee
Written statement of goals 7 or higher on rating scale of 1-10 6 or less on rating scale of 1-10 Evaluated by Committee
Professional liability insurance. Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. program in Nursing.
Current unencumbered license as a RN; license in the state where student is participating in clinical activities. Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. program in Nursing.
Immunizations required by the School of Nursing. Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. program in Nursing.
Criminal background check, which satisfies the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital council and the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. program in Nursing.
Drug screen prior to clinical and research activities in health care agencies, which satisfies the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital council and the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. program in Nursing.
Demonstrate proficiency in use of computer for word processing, spreadsheet development, and data and text file creation and manipulation. Evaluated by Associate Dean for the Ph.D. program in Nursing.

 

[5] When on probation, students can make no grade lower than a 3.0 in their first 12 semester hours of graduate coursework.

Ph.D. Fellowship Criteria

Fellowship selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Highest GPA but no lower than 3.25 on BSN and MSN.
  2. New students admitted to UT Arlington in the Fall semester.
  3. Minimum 3.25 GPA in graduate credit hours while receiving fellowship.
  4. Enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours in the long semesters.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Students are required to have each semester's planned program approved by the Graduate Advisor prior to registration.A minimum of 58 semester hours is required for the degree: 36 hours of core courses, 12 hours in the portfolio area of choice, and 9 hours of dissertation.

Ph.D. Required Courses (Core)

NURS 6301 Theoretical Evolution in Science
NURS 6302 Issues in Studying Health of Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Populations
NURS 6303 Culture of Science
NURS 6304 Measurement in Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Populations
NURS 6305 Qualitative Methodologies
NURS 6306 Designing and Testing Interventions
NURS 6308 Research Seminar
NURS 6309 Scientific Products: Preparation & Dissemination
NURS 6310 Proposal Development Seminar
6 hours Advanced Statistics approved by Graduate Advisor
3 hours Epidemiology approved by Graduate Advisor

Courses Required for Portfolio Areas (Each student must complete the required courses in one of the two portfolio areas)

Academic Role Development
NURS 6311 The Academic Role in Higher Education
NURS 6313 Preparing Nurse Educators to Assist Students for Care of Diverse and Vulnerable Populations
NURS 6315 Faculty Internship in Nursing Education
3 hours Psychometric Theory Course approved by Graduate Advisor
Clinical Research
NURS 6314 Clinical Research: A Nursing Perspective
NURS 6316 Clinical Research Residency
NURS 6317 Conduct of Research in Clinical Environment
ECON 5333 Microeconomic Theory
6 hours Electives approved by Graduate Advisor
Dissertation
NURS 6399 Dissertation Graded R/F
NURS 6699 Dissertation Graded R/F
NURS 6999 Dissertation Graded R/F

Electives / Independent Study

Elective courses may be taken in an area of concentration in other departments.

6170, 6270, 6370, 6470. Independent Study in Nursing
Graded P/R/F.

6190, 6290, 6390, 6490. Topics in Nursing

Language Requirement

Each doctoral student must demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language by ONE of the following ways:
(1, 2, OR 3)

  1. Reading knowledge of one foreign language (Spanish, French, Russian or other as approved by the Graduate Studies Committee).
    1. Examination prepared by appointee of Dean of Graduate Studies for the University; or
    2. Acceptable score on Testing Service Graduate School Foreign Language Test; or
    3. B or higher on 12 credit hours of a foreign language taken within the last 5 years and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee
  2. Oral proficiency in one foreign language (Spanish, French, Russian or other as approved by the Graduate Studies Committee) as determined by an examination prepared by appointee of Dean of Graduate Studies for the University.
  3. Proficiency in a research tool area (statistics or computer language). Students, upon the advice and consent of their Doctoral Advisory Committee, may meet the foreign language requirement by making a B or higher on 12 credit hours in advanced statistics; information systems courses including database development and management; biomedical instrumentation; graphical information systems; or, other set of courses that support the student's research goals.

Diagnostic Evaluation

Before 18 core hours to assess progress and potential for completion

Comprehensive Examination

After all coursework and language requirements; the defense of a dissertation proposal serves as the comprehensive exam.

Dissertation Defense


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Nursing (NURS)

NURS5170- INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (1 - 0)
Detailed in-depth study in a specific topic area. Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor prior to registration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Graded F, P, R.

NURS5190- TOPICS IN NURSING (1 - 0)
Selected topics in advanced nursing. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

NURS5191- COMPREHENSIVE EXAM SEMINAR (1 - 0)
Directed study, consultation and comprehensive examination over coursework leading to a Masters of Science in Nursing. Graded F, P, R.

NURS5192- COMPLETION PROJECT IN NURSING (1 - 0)
Collaborative research experience with faculty to develop a paper for publication. Graded F, P, R.

NURS5205- ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING (2 - 0)
Explores and analyzes contemporary issues and health care trends that influence leadership for the practice of professional nursing within a dynamic health care system.Prerequisite: Senior status, graduate standing or permission of instructor.

NURS5270- INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (2 - 0)
Detailed in-depth study in a specific topic area. Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor prior to registration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Graded F, P, R.

NURS5290- TOPICS IN NURSING (2 - 0)
Selected topics in advanced nursing. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

NURS5292- COMPLETION PROJECT IN NURSING (2 - 0)
Collaborative research experience with faculty to develop a paper for publication. Graded F, P, R.

NURS5301- RESEARCH IN NURSING (3 - 0)
Exploration of the research process and critical examination of published studies with emphasis on research critique, interpretation of statistical results, and evidence-based practice. Prerequisite: NURS 5327 or concurrent enrollment and elementary statistics.

NURS5302- CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN NURSING (3 - 0)
Explore the nature of nursing education. Focus on the curriculum process and its application to nursing education programs. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5303- PSYCHIATRIC MANAGEMENT IN ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE (2 - 3)
Foundations of clinical management of individuals with common psychiatric-mental health problems across the lifespan. Prerequisite: NURS 5418, 5334.

NURS5305- ADULT MANAGEMENT IN ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE I (2 - 3)
Foundations of clinical management for commonly occurring conditions of adults in primary care. Prerequisite: NURS 5418, 5334.

NURS5306- PEDIATRIC MANAGEMENT IN ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE (2 - 3)
Foundations of advanced clinical practice in the primary care of children, birth to 21 years with a family centered approach on growth and development, health promotion and management of common health problems. Prerequisite: NURS 5418, 5334.

NURS5308- NURSING INFORMATICS (2 - 3)
Focus on application of computer technology that supports the dissemination of health care data, information and knowledge. Selected software packages/applications are presented and used. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5309- CREATIVE TEACHING/LEARNING STRATEGIES (3 - 3)
Focuses on concepts in adult learning and the facilitation of learning. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5310- NEGOTIATION AND CONFRONTATION (3 - 0)
Focus on analysis and synthesis of knowledge from relevant theories and implementation of interpersonal skills and techniques of negotiation and confrontation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5311- NURSING MANAGEMENT IN THE HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT (3 - 0)
Considers development of theories of leadership and organizational behavior as applied to the health care arena. Prerequisite: NURS 5327 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5313- CLINICAL PROCEDURES FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES (2 - 3)
A theory and clinical procedures course designed for the Advanced Practice Nurse to acquire skills and procedures in the clinical management of selected patients. Prerequisite: NURS 5334 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5314- INVASIVE PROCEDURES FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES (2 - 3)
A theory and clinical procedures course designed for the Advanced Practice Nurse to acquire invasive skills and procedures in the clinical management of selected patients. Prerequisite: NURS 5334.

NURS5315- ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (3 - 0)
Focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology of selected diseases. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, and nutrition are applied to disease processes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5317- ADVANCED PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (3 - 0)
The study of psychopharmacology practice for advanced practice nurses. Prerequisite: APRN (Master's Degree in Nursing, National Certification).

NURS5321- NUTRITION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE FOR NURSING PRACTICE (3 - 0)
Focuses on the development of a scientific knowledge base of current nutritional practices in preventive, therapeutic management, and clinical research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5322- ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF RESEARCH DATA IN HEALTH CARE (3 - 0)
Analysis and interpretation of research data for health related studies using a Windows-based computer statistical package. Prerequisite: Elementary statistics.

NURS5327- ANALYSIS OF THEORIES FOR NURSING (3 - 3)
Critical examination of philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing. Analysis of selected concepts and theories. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5328- THEORY AND RESEARCH APPLICATION IN NURSING (3 - 0)
Integration of theoretical and empirical elements of nursing research with emphasis on proposal development. Prerequisite: NURS 5327 and NURS 5301.

NURS5331- ADVANCED CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICUM (0 - 12)
Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4. Graded F, P, R. Prerequisite: NURS 5421 or 5422 or 5425 or 5431 or 5434 or 5436 or 5444 or 5546.

NURS5331- ADVANCED CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICUM (0 - 12)
Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4. Graded F, P, R. Prerequisite: NURS 5421 or 5422 or 5425 or 5431 or 5434 or 5436 or 5444 or 5546.

NURS5334- ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS (3 - 0)
Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice. Prerequisite: NURS 5315.

NURS5339- ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE NURSE ADMINISTRATOR (1 - 6)
Examine and implement administrative and managerial roles in health care organizations. Prerequisite: NURS 5311; NURS 5328 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5340- MANAGEMENT SEMINAR AND PRACTICE (1 - 6)
Synthesize management, organizational, and leadership concepts and theories in selected health care settings. Prerequisite: NURS 5339 and 5342.

NURS5341- FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (2 - 3)
Analyze and apply financial management concepts to financial planning, budgeting, and reimbursement systems in health care. Prerequisite: NURS 5311; 5301 or concurrent enrollment. Computer literacy with spreadsheets.

NURS5342- MANAGEMENT OF NURSING OPERATIONS (2 - 3)
Examine effective strategic planning for health care systems. Prerequisite: NURS 5341.

NURS5343- NURSING LEADERSHIP AND COMPLEX HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS (3 - 0)
Analyze leadership strategies in current and predicted health care systems including dimensions of workforce and workplace issues, leadership, and evidenced-based decision-making. Prerequisite: NURS 5327 and 5311 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5344- FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE (2 - 3)
Enhance the effectiveness of the advanced practice nurse through the development of skills in financial and human resource management. Prerequisite: NURS 5343.

NURS5350- ROLE OF THE NURSE IN ADVANCED PRACTICE (2 - 3)
Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the health care system. Prerequisite: NURS 5418 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5370- INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (3 - 0)
Detailed in-depth study in a specific topic area. Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor prior to registration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Graded F,P,R.

NURS5382- NURSING AND HEALTH CARE POLICY (3 - 0)
Analyze historical, current, and predicted national, state, and local health care policy processes. Prerequisite: NURS 5327 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5386- HEALTH LAW (3 - 0)
Health law as it affects professionals, institutions, and entities that deliver and finance health care. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5387- THE LAW OF HEALTH CARE MALPRACTICE (3 - 0)
The law of health care malpractice as it affects professional relationships of all persons engaged in the provision of health care. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5390- TOPICS IN NURSING (3 - 0)
Selected topics in advanced nursing. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

NURS5392- COMPLETION PROJECT IN NURSING (3 - 0)
Collaborative research experience with faculty to develop a paper for publication. Graded F, P, R.

NURS5393- ADVANCED CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE I (1 - 6)
Development of advanced knowledge base of specialized clinical concepts and the application of this knowledge in selected clinical areas. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5394- ADVANCED CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE II (1 - 6)
Expanded background in a selected clinical area with emphasis on analysis and synthesis of clinical data, clinical judgment, and management of patients and families' care. Prerequisite: NURS 5393.

NURS5398- THESIS (3 - 0)
Graded F,R.

NURS5418- ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT IN NURSING PRACTICE (2 - 6)
Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Prerequisite: NURS 5301 and NURS 5334 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5420- ADULT MANAGEMENT IN ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE II (2 - 6)
Focus on advanced knowledge of chronic and complex health problems in the primary care management of groups from adolescents through old age. Prerequisite: NURS 5305; 5313 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5421- ADULT NURSING (2 - 6)
Focus on advanced primary care knowledge for managing adults and their families with emphasis on adolescents, women, and older adults in primary health care. Prerequisite: NURS 5328, 5420; 5303 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5422- GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING (2 - 6)
Focus on advanced knowledge in the management of older adults and their families in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: NURS 5328, 5420; 5303 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5424- PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING I (2 - 6)
Focus on assessment and management of individuals, families, and groups at risk for and experiencing complex acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Prerequisite: NURS 5303; 5305 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5425- PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING II (2 - 6)
Focus on assessment and management of individuals, families, and groups at risk for and experiencing complex acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Prerequisite: NURS 5328 and 5424.

NURS5429- ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE NURSE EDUCATOR (2 - 6)
Investigate the roles and functions of the nurse educator with directed teaching experiences. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS5430- FAMILY NURSING I (2 - 6)
Focus on advanced knowledge of acute, chronic, and complex health problems in the primary care management of individuals across the lifespan. Prerequisite: NURS 5305 and 5306; 5313 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5431- FAMILY NURSING II (2 - 6)
Focus on advanced knowledge in the management of patients and families throughout the lifespan. Prerequisite: NURS 5328 and 5430; 5303 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5433- EMERGENCY NURSE PRACTITIONER ACROSS THE LIFESPAN I (2 - 6)
Advanced clinical management of individuals across the lifespan with episodic and urgent health care needs. Prerequisite: NURS 5305 and 5306; 5314 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5434- EMERGENCY NURSE PRACTITIONER ACROSS THE LIFESPAN II (2 - 6)
Advanced clinical management of individuals across the lifespan with emergent health care needs requiring resuscitative measures for potentially life threatening alterations. Prerequisite: NURS 5328 and 5433; 5303 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5435- ACUTE CARE NURSING I (2 - 6)
Focuses on advanced knowledge of medical-surgical nursing in managing adults with secondary and tertiary health care needs. Prerequisite: NURS 5305; 5314 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5436- ACUTE CARE NURSING II (2 - 6)
Focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to the management and coordination of secondary and tertiary care for adults with complex multisystem dysfunction. Prerequisite: NURS 5328 and 5433; 5303 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5440- ACUTE CARE PEDIATRIC NURSING I (2 - 6)
Family focused approach to the management of children with secondary and tertiary health care needs. Emphasis will be placed on the application of clinical decision-making models in the management of children with selected acute medical-surgical conditions. Prerequisite: NURS 5303, 5306.

NURS5441- ACUTE CARE PEDIATRIC NURSING (2 - 6)
Focus is on advanced, interdisciplinary practice to assess, diagnose, and manage acute and critical, single and multi-system health problems of children birth to 21 years in secondary and tertiary care settings. Prerequisite: NURS 5306; 5314 or concurrent enrollment; 5442 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5442- PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRIC NURSING (2 - 6)
Focus is on integration of acquired theoretical and empirical knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of multiple common acute and stable chronic health problems in children birth to 21 years. Prerequisite: NURS 5306; 5313 or 5314 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5443- ADVANCED NURSING CARE OF PEDIATRIC CLIENT II (2 - 6)
Theory and clinical management of complex pediatric problems. The focus is on developmental disabilities/chronic illness and social environmental problems in the developing child within the family. Prerequisite: NURS 5442; 5328 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5444- ADVANCED NURSING CARE OF PEDIATRIC PATIENTS WITH COMPLEX PROBLEMS (2 - 6)
Clinical management of complex health problems of pediatric patients birth to 21 years within the family system. Prerequisite: NURS 5328; 5442; 5303 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5445- GERONTOLOGICAL/ADULT NURSING I (2 - 6)
Theoretical study with applied clinical nursing judgment and management of adult and gerontological clients in health and illness. Prerequisite: NURS 5418, 5334 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5446- PALLIATIVE CARE NURSING I (2 - 6)
Synthesize the principles, philosophy, and issues of palliative care with models for advanced practice decision-making in the management of pain and physical symptoms and the preservation of quality of life. Prerequisite: NURS 5303 and 5305.

NURS5447- PALLIATIVE CARE NURSING II (2 - 6)
Focus on the interdisciplinary management and coordination of palliative care for complex patients in culturally diverse and medically fragile, high-risk populations. Emphasis on compassionate care of patients with end-stage disease across a variety of health settings and the support of their families through death and bereavement. Prerequisite: NURS 5446.

NURS5470- INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (4 - 0)
Detailed in-depth study in a specific topic area. Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor prior to registration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Graded F,P,R.

NURS5525- PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (3 - 6)
Focus on diagnosis and pharmacological and nonpharmacological management of individuals, families and groups experiencing mental illnesses and addictions. Prerequisite: NURS 5424, 5328 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5532- FAMILY NURSING II (3 - 6)
A continuation of NURS 5431 with progressive analysis and clinical nursing judgment and management of families in health and illness. Prerequisite: NURS 5431, 5328 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5536- ACUTE CARE NURSING II (3 - 6)
Focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to the management and coordination of secondary and tertiary care for adults with complex multisystem dysfunction. Prerequisite: NURS 5435, 5328 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5543- CHILD HEALTH NURSING II (3 - 6)
Theory and clinical management of school age children and adolescents with acute minor illness, development disabilities and social/environmental problems. Prerequisite: NURS 5442, 5328 or current enrollment.

NURS5546- ADULT AND GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING (3 - 6)
Focus on advanced knowledge in the management of adults (age 12 and older), their families, and their communities with emphasis on special problems of the adolescent, woman, and older adult in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: NURS 5328 and 5420; 5303 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS5630- REGISTERED NURSE FIRST ASSISTANT (3 - 9)
Focuses on the delivery of care to surgical patients in all aspects of the surgical experience: preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative. The course meets the requirements for RNs to assume the role of a registered nurse first assistant (RNFA). Prerequisite: CNPR or CNOR eligible. CNOR eligible requires proof of eligibility to take the CNOR exam from the Competency and Credentialing Institution.

NURS5631- ADVANCED CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICUM (0 - 24)
Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4. Graded F, P, R. Prerequisite: NURS 5421 or 5422 or 5425 or 5431 or 5434 or 5436 or 5444 or 5546.

NURS5670- INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (3 - 9)
Detailed in-depth study in a specific topic area. Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor prior to registration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Graded F,P,R.

NURS5698- THESIS (6 - 0)
Graded F, R, P.

NURS5926- PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING III (0 - 27)
Clinical preceptorship in selected practice settings. Application of theory and research in advanced psychiatric-mental health nursing practice. Prerequisite: NURS 5525.

NURS5931- ADVANCED CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICUM (36 - 0)
Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4. Graded F, P, R. Prerequisite: NURS 5421 or 5422 or 5425 or 5431 or 5434 or 5436 or 5444 or 5546.

NURS5937- ACUTE CARE NURSING III (0 - 27)
Clinical preceptorship in selected practice settings. Application of theory and research in advanced acute medical-surgical nursing practice. Prerequisite: NURS 5536.

NURS5944- CHILD HEALTH NURSING III (9 - 0)
Field study in pediatric primary health care in selected clinical settings with guidance from preceptors and faculty. Major focus is integration of theoretical concepts applied to clinical practice. Graded F,P,R. Prerequisite: NURS 5443.

NURS5947- GERONTOLOGICAL/ADULT NURSING III (0 - 27)
Clinical preceptorship in selected primary health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge and concepts in a guided, progressive context of gerontological nursing practice. Graded F,P,R. Prerequisite: NURS 5446.

NURS6101- DISSERTATION SEMINAR (1 - 0)
Problem solving and discussion of data collection, analysis and write-up of dissertation.

NURS6170- INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (1 - 0)
Detailed in-depth study in a specific topic area. Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor prior to registration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Graded F,R, P.

NURS6190- SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING (1 - 0)
Selected topics in advanced nursing. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

NURS6215- CONSULTATION STRATEGIES FOR ACADEMIC LEADERS SERVING DIVERSE AND VULNERABLE POPULATIONS (2 - 0)
Examines the consultation process in higher education; roles and responsibilities of the consultant. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

NURS6270- INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (2 - 0)
Detailed in-depth study in a specific topic area. Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor prior to registration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Graded F, R, P.

NURS6290- TOPICS IN NURSING (2 - 0)
Selected topics in advanced nursing. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

NURS6301- THEORETICAL EVOLUTION IN SCIENCE (3 - 0)
Philosophies of science and epistemologies, their influence on knowledge development for nursing practice, and strategies for theory development and analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS6302- ISSUES IN STUDYING THE HEALTH OF CULTURALLY DIVERSE AND VULNERABLE POPULATIONS (3 - 0)
Social and cultural factors affecting health among sub-populations defined by age, education, gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, occupation, vulnerability, income and geography. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS6303- CULTURE OF SCIENCE (3 - 0)
Professional, financial, socio-politico, ethical and legal issues associated with the conduct of research and the relationships between research and health policy development and implementation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS6304- MEASUREMENT IN CULTURALLY DIVERSE AND VULNERABLE POPULATIONS (3 - 0)
Development and testing of validity and reliability of measurement instruments for use in studies of culturally diverse populations. Prerequisite: NURS 6303 or permission of instructor.

NURS6305- QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGIES (3 - 0)
Philosophical foundation for and methodological issues in using qualitative approaches for scientific and knowledge development. Prerequisite: NURS 6303 or permission of instructor.

NURS6306- DESIGNING AND TESTING INTERVENTIONS (3 - 3)
Application of advanced nursing research methods to design and test interventions focused on improving health outcomes in culturally diverse populations. Prerequisite: NURS 6303, NURS 6304 or permission of instructor.

NURS6308- RESEARCH SEMINAR (3 - 0)
Explores the research process with faculty guidance. Learning activities based on student and faculty interest. May be repeated to meet student learning needs. Prerequisite: Successful completion diagnostic evaluation.

NURS6309- SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTS: PREPARATION DISSEMINATION (DELIVERY) (0 - 3)
Provides experiences in the development of scientific products for dissemination. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS6310- PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (3 - 0)
Development and critique of doctoral dissertation proposal. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Successful completion of diagnostic evaluation, NURS 6308 (Research Seminar).

NURS6311- THE ACADEMIC ROLE IN HIGHER EDUCATION (3 - 0)
Roles and responsibilities of faculty in institutions of higher learning; analysis of issues affecting the professoriate in a rapidly changing society. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

NURS6313- PREPARING NURSE EDUCATORS TO ASSIST STUDENTS FOR CARE OF DIVERSE AND VULNERABLE POPULATIONS (3 - 0)
Strategies for preparing nurse educators to assist students to care for a changing and diverse population. Prerequisite: NURS 6311 or concurrent enrollment.

NURS6314- CLINICAL RESEARCH: A NURSING PERSPECTIVE (3 - 0)
Focuses on the various components of health services research, and their interface with the discipline and practice of nursing. Prerequisite: NURS 6303 or permission of instructor.

NURS6315- FACULTY INTERNSHIP IN NURSING EDUCATION (0 - 9)
Seminar/practicum in implementation of selected aspect of the faculty role including classroom and clinical teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level; participation in faculty governance and selected faculty scholarly activities. Active guidance and supervision of a regular faculty member. Prerequisite: NURS 6311, 6313, Psychometric Theory Course or permission of instructor.

NURS6316- CLINICAL RESEARCH RESIDENCY (0 - 9)
Seminar/practicum in implementation of selected aspect of the clinical researcher role including research practice in a clinical environment and participation in research activities. Active guidance and supervision of a clinical researcher. Prerequisite: NURS 6314 and 6317.

NURS6317- CONDUCT OF RESEARCH IN CLINICAL ENVIRONMENTS (3 - 0)
Addresses the methodological and sociopolitical influences affecting the conduct of clinical research. Prerequisite: NURS 6314.

NURS6370- INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (3 - 0)
Detailed in-depth study in a specific topic area. Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor prior to registration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Graded F, R, P.

NURS6390- TOPICS IN NURSING (3 - 0)
Selected topics in advanced nursing. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

NURS6399- DISSERTATION (3 - 0)
Graded F, R. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the Doctor in Nursing degree.

NURS6402- EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION IN A DIVERSE AND VULNERABLE SOCIETY (1 - 9)
Seminar/practicum in implementation of selected aspects of educational administrator's role; participation in departmental and interdepartmental activities under the guidance of an experienced administrator/mentor. Prerequisite: NURS 6311, 6313, 6315, Psychometric Theory Course or permission of instructor.

NURS6470- INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING (4 - 0)
Detailed in-depth study in a specific topic area. Topic and mode of study are agreed upon by student(s) and instructor prior to registration. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Graded F, R, P.

NURS6490- TOPICS IN NURSING (4 - 0)
Selected topics in advanced nursing. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

NURS6699- DISSERTATION (6 - 0)
Graded F, R. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the Doctor in Nursing degree.

NURS6999- DISSERTATION (9 - 0)
Graded F, R, P. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the Doctor in Nursing degree.

BSN to Ph.D. Admission and Degree Requirements

The applicant for the BSN to Ph.D. in Nursing (Ph.D.) degree must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( CCNE). Applicants who completed their basic nursing program in another country must submit proof of an equivalent education.

Foreign students whose native language is not English must take, in addition to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550), the Test of Spoken English (minimum score of 40). The foreign student must also possess a current Texas RN license for admission.

BSN to Ph.D. Admission Status Options

The School of Nursing admission criteria are detailed in the BSN to Ph.D. Program Requirements table.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants must meet all criteria for unconditional admission

Probationary Admission

Criteria for probationary admission status are designated in the BSN to Ph.D. Program Requirements table. When on probation, students can make no grade lower than a 3.0 in their first 12 semester hours of graduate coursework.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements.

Deferred Status

Deferred decision is granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Denial of Admission

An applicant will be denied admission if he/she has less than satisfactory performance on a majority of admission criteria listed in the table below. The BSN to Ph.D. Admissions Committee will make a recommendation for denial.

The BSN to Ph.D. Program in Nursing Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

Unconditional

Probationary

Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( CCNE) accredited School of Nursing or equivalent.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Deanfor Ph.D program in Nursing.

GPA on all attempted coursework.

3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

GRE

GRE with a total minimum score of ≥500 on verbal; ≥ 500 on quantitative; ≥ 500/≥ 4 on analytical/analytical writing scores*

Verbal: 400-490;

Quantitative: 400-490;

Analytical Writing: 3.0-3.5;

Analytical: 400-490

(based on GPA/GRE ratio)

For international students, TOEFL score or TSE-A.

TOEFL minimum score (550 on written portion or 213 on computer based test) OR a score of at least 40 on the TSE-A.

TOEFL minimum score (550 on written portion or 213 on computer based test) OR a score of at least 40 on the TSE-A.

Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B.

Implement as stated

 

Interview

7 or higher on rating scale of 1-10

6 or less on rating scale of 1-10

Evaluated by Admissions Committee

Written statement of goals

7 or higher on rating scale of 1-10

6 or less on rating scale of 1-10

Evaluated by Admissions Committee

Professional liability insurance.

Evaluated by Associate Deanfor Ph.D program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D program in Nursing.

Current license as a RN; license in the state where student is participating in clinical activities.

Evaluated by Associate Deanfor Ph.D program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D program in Nursing.

Two years of clinical experience

Evaluated by Associate Deanfor Ph.D program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Deanfor Ph.D program in Nursing.

Immunizations required by the School of Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Deanfor Ph.D program in Nursing.

Criminal background check prior to clinical and research activities in health care agencies, which satisfies the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital council and the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D program in Nursing.

Drug screen prior to clinical and research activities in health care agencies, which satisfies the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital council and the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies.

Evaluated by Associate Deanfor Ph.D program in Nursing.

Demonstrate proficiency in use of computer for word processing, spreadsheet development, and data and text file creation and manipulation.

Evaluated by Associate Dean for Ph.D program in Nursing.

Evaluated by Associate Deanfor Ph.D program in Nursing.

 

BSN to Ph.D. Options

Students accepted into the BSN to Ph.D. program may select a clinical option or an administrative option for the master’s level courses. Those in the clinical option will take 29 credit hours at the master’s level and 58 hours at the doctoral level. Students in the administrative option will take 24 hours at the master’s level and 58 at the doctoral level.

BSN to Ph.D. Master’s Level Courses

Core Master’s Courses taken by all BSN to Ph.D. students

5301. R esearch in Nursing
5327. A nalysis of Theories for Nursing
5370. Independent Study

Administration Specialty Master’s Courses

5311. N ursing Management in the Health Care Environment
5339. Roles and Functions of the Nurse Administrator
5341. Financial Management in Nursing
5342. Management of Nursing Operations
5343. Nursing Leadership and Complex Health Care Systems

Clinical Specialty Master’s Courses

5303. Psychiatric Management in Advanced Nursing Practice
5305. Adult Management in Advanced Nursing Practice I
5306. Pediatric Management in Advanced Nursing Practice
5315. Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice
5334. Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
5418. Advanced Health Assessment in Nursing Practice
5420. Adult Management in Advanced Nursing Practice II
5442. Primary Care of Pediatric Nursing

Ph.D. in Nursing Courses taken by all students
Academic Role Development

NURS 6311 The Academic Role in Higher Education
NURS 6313 Preparing Nurse Educators to Assist Students for Care of Diverse and Vulnerable Populations
NURS 6315 Faculty Internship in Nursing Education
3 hours Psychometric Theory Course approved by Graduate Advisor

Clinical Research

NURS 6314 Clinical Research: A Nursing Perspective
NURS 6316 Clinical Research Residency
NURS 6317 Conduct of Research in Clinical Environment
ECON 5333 Microeconomic Theory
6 hours Electives approved by Graduate Advisor


Dissertation

NURS 6399 Dissertation Graded R/F
NURS 6699 Dissertation Graded R/F
NURS 6999 Dissertation Graded R/F

Language Requirement See Ph.D. Section

Diagnostic Evaluation See Ph.D. Section

Comprehensive Examination See Ph.D. Section

Dissertation Defense See Ph.D. Section

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