• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    61
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00

Contribute to the future of nursing and health care by earning a Ph.D. from the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. Our faculty will guide your experience as you develop a plan of study and begin your research career. The program offers you a chance to explore a subject you're passionate about while contributing to the overall health care industry. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for a career in academia or health care leadership. You will be responsible for developing your plan of study and then undertaking the coursework to support that research area. The plan of study must include six credits of elective, research-related courses and 12 credits in a collaborative field of study that supports your research interests. You are expected to engage in scholarly activities throughout your courses. Examples could be grant writing, research presentations and manuscript submissions. Our Ph.D. education is predicated on a strong mentoring relationship between the student and faculty throughout the curriculum. Your work at UMKC will be guided by a faculty mentor/adviser and a supervisory committee. The group will approve your individual plan of study and create your comprehensive examination. The group will ultimately help you transition you into dissertation work.

Course Delivery: Ph.D. students are required to attend research courses on the UMKC campus in Kansas City each summer for two years. Expect the hands-on, mandatory courses to last several days.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. BSN, MSN or RN-MSN from a regionally accredited college or university accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or AACN).
  2. The GPA required for admissions is a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (calculated on the last 60 hours of the BSN degree) or a minimum of 3.2 for the MSN.
  3. Current unencumbered Missouri licensure or unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the jurisdiction where study is to be conducted.
  4. The license must remain unencumbered throughout the program.
  5. GRE results, recommended but not required.
NOTE: Individuals residing in AL, NY, NC, TN or WA are not able to enroll in this program.

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Application Deadlines

Early Decision Acceptance
October 15
Regular Acceptance
February 15

Courses

Core
  • MEDB 5561Responsible Conduct of Research3 Credits

    An interdisciplinary course which covers principles and day-to-day practicalities of research ethics, information about regulatory requirements for conducting research including safety issues and the use of humans, animals and radioactive biohazardous materials; discuss current issues in the ethical aspects of research, such as scientists' obligations with respect to public policy and advocacy.

  • NURSE 5603Summer Institute 12 Credits

    This course will provide a hands-on introduction to the process of becoming a research scientist. Content will include the responsible conduct of research, its core element, the emerging guideline, relevant UMKC policies and procedures, and the impact to the Researcher in his/her day-to-day activities. This course also includes literature reviews, scholarly writing, technology in the Research process, developing a program of scholarship and effective time management.

  • NURSE 5604Summer Institute 22 Credits

    This course will provide interactive sessions to develop skills necessary for the synthesis of research findings, the identification of funding sources and the initiation of the grant writing process. Also included will be the opportunity to develop and present research findings in multiple venues.

  • NURSE 5608Theory 13 Credits

    The philosophical underpinnings of nursing and the theoretical development of nursing science will be explored in this course. The discipline of nursing and the relationship between nursing theory, research, and practice will be discussed. Students will analyze nursing and non-nursing theories for research or clinical questions. Students will identify a theoretical framework to guide their research or evidence-based practice project.

  • NURSE 5610Theory 23 Credits

    Nursing and non-nursing models, frameworks and theories will be analyzed and critically evaluated. Philosophical tenants will be debated. Students will identify the range of applicable theories for their area of research. Appropriate application of theories to independent and dependent variables, mediators and moderators, cofactors, correlates and outcomes will be explored. Students will develop concepts, hypotheses, and research goals that utilize an identified theory for nursing research.

  • NURSE 5612Stat 13 Credits

    This graduate statistics online course is designed for students in the graduate programs. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of: describing data, logic of sampling, and test statistics; hypothesis testing, type 1 and type 2 errors; power; one-way ANOVA (analysis of variance); planned comparison, post-hoc tests and trend analysis; factorial ANOVA; repeated measures designs and mixed randomized repeated designs; simple and multiple regression; and ANCOVA (analysis of co-variance).

  • NURSE 5622Stat 23 Credits

    This graduate statistics on-line course is designed to provide a conceptual understanding of the statistical procedures associated with: advanced multiple regression; moderators and mediators in multiple regression; path analysis; logistic regression; factor analysis; MANCOVA; MANOVA; cluster analysis; and canonical correlation.

  • NURSE 5631State of the Science3 Credits

    This course is a guided in-depth exploration of literature on a selected focus area. Appropriate contextual system literature will be reviewed as appropriate. Scholarly writing for a variety of contexts will be presented.

  • NURSE 5666Research Design3 Credits

    This doctoral level course directs the student to develop research writing skills necessary for developing their dissertation and future program of research. Critical analyses of methodologies and design are accomplished. The strengths and weakness of various research designs (non-experimental, quasi-experimental, experimental and randomized clinical trial) are evaluated via in-depth discussions.

  • NURSE 5668Quantitative Methods3 Credits

    Quantitative reserach methods used to build nursing's body of knowledge are explored. Experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational designs and clinical trials are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on design, data generation, analysis, and dissemination of findings. Issues pertaining to the use of quantitative methods will also be explored.

  • NURSE 5670Qualitative Methods3 Credits

    Qualitative research methods used to build nursing's body of knowledge are explored in this seminar course. Emphasis is placed on design, data generation and analysis, and dissemination of findings. Issues regarding qualitative research are identified and analyzed.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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