May 21, 2018  
2017-2018 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog

Nurse Scientist Educator PhD


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Colleges, Departments, and Programs

The program is designed to assist the student to develop the knowledge, skills, and habits of a Nurse Scientist Educator through mentorship, didactic teaching and research experience. The post-MS PhD program requires 52 credits and is designed to be completed in 48 months of full-time study that includes work in the summer months. The BS- PhD is a 73 credit post-BS curriculum that is designed to be completed in 60 months of full time study. After completing 39 credits, students may apply for the MS degree. There is a one-year residency requirement. A Certification Examination demonstrates the student’s mastery of nursing science in promoting health, guiding the illness experience and shaping the health system for people with chronic illness and/or addressing innovations   in nursing education. The Qualifying Examination consists of developing one article that is submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.  Additionally, qualifying exam is given at the conclusion of year one courses. The PhD dissertation is an original body of work in which the candidate demonstrates an in-depth understanding of a substantive area in promoting health, guiding the illness experience or shaping the health care system for people living with chronic illness or in nursing education. The dissertation demonstrates the candidate’s ability to effectively incorporate theoretical, conceptual, and methodological tools in addressing the influence of nursing practices and the delivery of nursing services to people living with chronic illnesses.

The structured mentorship experience begins upon admission, when students are assigned to work with a specific faculty mentor to guide the student in academic writing, writing for publication, grant writing, and completing qualifying examination requirements. A doctoral seminar is held three times a semester on scholarly topics based on student needs and interests.  The students’ experiential learning includes writing for publication, grant writing, opportunities for research and teaching assistantships, qualifying examination, dissertation proposal hearing, and defense of the completed dissertation. There is exposure to on-line learning and other technology innovations to improve the teaching-learning experience.

The curriculum addresses four core areas of study: knowledge development in nursing; nursing education; research methods; and the theory and research in promoting health, guiding people through health/illness experiences and shaping the health care system with a focus on nursing care of people with chronic illness. The curriculum includes courses in philosophy of science and strategies for developing nursing knowledge. Research expertise is developed through courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistics, clinical research topics, a series of research practica and dissertation advisement. Relevant cognate or elective courses are planned with the advisor for the chosen area of research concentration.

Requirements


Elective: 3 credits


Students select one PhD-level course from the following three areas:

  • Elective in Research/Theory
  • Education
  • Issue pertinent to Health/Illness

Comprehensive Examination: 0 credits


To fulfill Qualifying Examination criteria, the student presents evidence to the PhD committee that the first manuscript is in review for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and the second manuscript has been approved by the student’s advisor for submission to a journal. Upon approval of the PhD Committee, the PhD Program Director certifies to the Office of Graduate Studies and Admissions that the student has satisfactorily completed the Qualifying Examination.  Successful completion of Qualifying Examination review admits the student to candidacy for the PhD degree and enables the student to begin formal work on the dissertation.

Dissertation: 16 credits


Dissertation Proposal


The dissertation research proposal is submitted in Fall of Year 4 by December 1.  All dissertation work follows the format of the American Psychological Association Manual for Publication, 6th Ed. and the  relevant University guidelines in “Requirements for  Theses and Dissertations” available at http://www.umassd.edu/graduate/administration.cfm . Although the length of the proposal will vary with the candidate and the topic, the proposal must include the following elements: 

  • cover page;
  • table of contents;
  • 300-400 word abstract;
  • introduction that clearly states the problem, establishes its significance, states the research questions to be examined or the hypotheses to be tested;
  • clear statement of the conceptual-theoretical-empirical structure that will guide the research;
  • critical review of the literature that synthesizes the current research on the problem, explores related bodies of knowledge that contribute to the understanding of the problem, and explores the theoretical framework of the study;
  • thorough description of the methodology including research design, a description of the study population and sample, a plan to access the study population, human subjects considerations, data collection methods, and the plan for data analysis;
  • work plan that identifies needed resources, indicates how they will be obtained, and presents a realistic time line for data collection and analysis;
  • references;
  • appendices with informed consent letters and instruments.

The candidate works closely with the chair of the committee. Together they decide when to forward the draft proposal to the entire committee for review.  After review, the candidate and the chair review the committee members’ recommendations and make necessary adjustments to the proposal.  The chair schedules a proposal hearing that is open only to the dissertation committee members. Three weeks prior to the scheduled hearing the final draft of the proposal must be received by all committee members. All members of the committee are expected read the proposal, forward any clarification questions to the full committee and the candidate 72 hours in advance of the proposal hearing, and attend the proposal hearing. For external committee members, either a video or audio conference call can beFollowing the hearing, the committee meets in executive session and makes one of four determinations regarding the proposal:  1) approve; 2) approve subject to minor changes; 3) action deferred pending major revisions; and 4) disapprove.  In the case of approval, the candidate may proceed with the dissertation. In the case of approval with minor revisions, the candidate need only resubmit the revised proposal to the chair and any other specified committee members.  Once approved, the chair forwards two (2) copies of the proposal to the Graduate Program Director with a letter stating that all minor revisions have been satisfactorily completed.    In the case of major revisions, the candidate must resubmit the proposal to all committee members. The candidate must complete both minor and major revisions within three months. In the rare case of a rejection, the committee will meet with the candidate and decide how to proceed. 

The Dissertation


The candidate works closely with the chair and other appropriate committee members throughout the data collection, data analysis and final writing phases of the dissertation. The candidate should expect repeated iterations of the dissertation to accommodate the committee chair’s and members’ input and guidance.

The dissertation contains all of the elements listed under Dissertation Proposal above. In addition, the methods section is revised to report the actual protocol for data collection and analysis. The following content areas are added to the dissertation manuscript:

  • Findings
  • Identify new and/or confirmed knowledge
  • Relate this new knowledge to the research question(s), theoretical framework and previous literature discussed earlier in the paper
  • Identify limitation of the data / study
  • Summarize the findings
  • Discuss implications of these findings for nursing science, practice, and education
  • Identify further research questions that arise this study

Dissertation Defense


A dissertation defense is scheduled by the committee chair after the committee members agree that the dissertation is sufficiently complete to undergo defense. Three weeks prior to the scheduled defense the final draft of the dissertation is delivered to all committee members. All members of the committee are expected to read the dissertation, forward any questions to the candidate and the committee at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled dissertation defense and attend the dissertation defense hearing.

Committee Determination


Following the dissertation defense, the dissertation committee meets in executive session and makes one of two determinations: 1) approve; or 2) approve subject to minor changes. In the case of approval, the chair forwards two copies of the dissertation cover sheet to the graduate program director and the candidate can prepare the dissertation for binding and microfilming.

In the case of approval with minor revisions, the candidate need only submit the revised dissertation to the chair and any other specified committee members. Once approved, the chair forwards two copies of the dissertation cover sheet to the graduate program director and the candidate can prepare the dissertation for binding and microfilming. The dissertation manuscript must conform to Requirements for Theses & Dissertations at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: see http://www/umassd.edu/graduate/administration.cfm. The College of Nursing has designated the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. as the format for organization, tables, illustrations and references. Students must pay particular attention to deadlines and the timing of their dissertation defense hearing to allow enough time for a completed manuscript to be filed prior to Commencement exercises.

Total Credits: 52


Program: BS-PhD


The BS-PhD is 73 credit post-BS curriculum that is designed to completed in 60 months  of full-time study. After  completing  39  credits,  students  may apply for the MS degree. There is a one-year residency requirement. A Certification Examination demonstrates the student’s mastery of nursing science in  promoting  health, guiding the illness experience and shaping the health system for people with chronic illness and/or addressing innovations   in nursing education. The Qualifying Examination consists of developing one article that is submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.  Additionally,  qualifying  exam  is  given  at  the conclusion of year one courses. The PhD  dissertation  is  an original body of work in which the candidate demonstrates an in-depth understanding of a substantive area in promoting health, guiding the illness experience or shaping the health care system for people living with chronic illness or in nursing education. The dissertation demonstrates the candidate’s ability to effectively incorporate theoretical, conceptual, and methodological tools in addressing the influence of nursing practices and the delivery of nursing services to people living with chronic illnesses.

Year One ( Fall, Spring, Summer) - 15 credits


Year Two (Fall, Spring,Summer) -12 credits


Year Three (Fall, Spring, Summer) -19 credits


Year Four (Fall, Spring) -19 credits


Year Five (Fall, Spring) - 8 credits


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Colleges, Departments, and Programs