Ph.D. in Nursing Education Online Program

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This course is a primer for basic statistical methods that students may need before taking the degree program course HPH 7300 Biostatistics I. It is also recommended for PhD students who find that they are not adequately prepared for Biostatistics I. The course focuses on the fundamentals of the use, interpretation and presentation of numerical information. Statistical topics include the use of frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and variability, statistical graphs and charts, correlation and regression, hypothesis testing, t-tests, ANOVA, and conclusions that can be drawn from each type of analysis.

This course examines the nature of nursing knowledge and the development of its underpinnings. Selected approaches to concept/theory development, analysis, and evaluation are examined and applied. Explores the linkages between theory, research and practice in the development of nursing knowledge. This course prepares students to select a theoretical framework for testing in their dissertation.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7000

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Articulate the development of nursing knowledge.
  • Analyze a concept related to a phenomenon of interest.
  • Evaluate a theory as a potential framework for dissertation testing.
  • Explore the linkage between practice, theory and research.

This on-line course provides present and future nurse leaders with an understanding of health policy as it relates to health care delivery and nursing practice. This course will analyze health policy environments and the rules, structure and settings where policy is developed, as well as the political, economic, technological, national and global environments within which each setting operates. The students will analyze the interaction of the primary health policy individuals or groups including the health care purchasers, health care providers, third party payers, consumers, special interest groups, and professional organizations. Students will assess the atmosphere in which policy is created and how compromise and bargaining shape policy decisions. Throughout the course, current policy initiatives involving health care delivery and nursing will be analyzed. The role of educational, political and organizational healthcare leaders in the change process and in the formation of health care policy decisions will be a theme throughout this course.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7120

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Differentiate the stages of policy planning, development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Analyze a policy issue that can be addressed through policy intervention.
  • Explore the impact of the economic, social, and environmental factors on health care policy.
  • Relate policy initiatives to healthcare delivery and the area of research interest.
  • Evaluate ways policy changes may affect future nursing practice, research and theory.

This course is designed to enhance the student's knowledge and application of educational theory. The relationship between nursing theory and educational theory is explored. Methods to test educational theories will be evaluated.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7140

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Analyze educational theories for the application to nursing learning environments.
  • Examine the relationship between nursing and educational theory.
  • Evaluate methods to test educational theories.

This course examines the process of curriculum development from faculty and administrative viewpoints. The relationship of learning theory to curriculum and instructional design will be explored. Curricula will be analyzed within the context of accreditation standards and program evaluation process. Instructional design models are assessed for applicability to a nursing course. A method to generate evidence related to instructional strategies is developed.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7150

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Examine the curriculum development process from faculty and administrative viewpoints.
  • Explore the relationship of learning theory to curriculum and instructional design.
  • Analyze nursing curricula within the context of accreditation standards and program evaluation
  • Assess instructional design models for applicability in nursing courses.
  • Formulate a method to generate evidence related to instructional strategies.
Health care professionals are required to act morally and ethically. This course is designed to expand the student's basic understanding of ethics to promote ethical awareness and enable students to derive better health care decisions that reduce risk of potential ethical consequence. By exposing students to bioethics and controversial ethical issues typically encountered in current health care practice, students practice making difficult decisions. Students will synthesize and implement strategies for applying morals, values and ethics systematically in the various settings in which health care is delivered. Considering the perspectives of all stakeholders and the role of the health care provider, patient advocate, professional and consumer of medical care, students will gain workable knowledge of contemporary ethical issues and appreciate that ethics permeate the majority of decisions made in health care.

This course focuses on the exploration of the state of evaluation in today's educational settings as they relate to nursing education. Critical assessment of issues related to evaluation in various educational environments is included. The integration and utilization of various evaluation methods in the curriculum is studied. Students will analyze, synthesize and propose research on assessment and evaluation in nursing education.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7210

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Explore issues related to evaluation of learning.
  • Appraise the evidence for selected evaluation methods.
  • Examine ways in which evaluation methods are integrated in the curriculum.
  • Examine the use of evaluation data in decision making in educational environments.
  • Design a method to generate evidence related to evaluation methods in nursing education.

This online course focuses on a variety of topics of importance to nursing leaders in higher education. Students will examine the leadership demands specific to the higher education environments as well as personal application of these concepts. The structures and functions of college and university settings of all kinds will be explored. Students will investigate multiple dimensions of academic excellence including faculty, students, administrators, programs and curricula, teaching and evaluation methods, and resources. These key components will be discussed in the context of educational accreditation. Current issues affecting higher education will also be discussed.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7220

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Contrast the leadership structures and functions of various types of colleges and universities.
  • Apply leadership theories to college and university settings.
  • Examine the process and goals of accreditation in institutions of higher education.
  • Identify the core elements of educational excellence in nursing programs.
  • Explore current issues in nursing education leadership.

This on-line course provides an opportunity to present and future nursing leaders with an understanding of health care leadership. This course applies leadership and decision making principles to the health care environment as it relates to nursing practice, research and quality. The course focuses on current and future leadership issues and trends, best practices, and characteristics of current nursing leaders in health care. Students will examine the opportunities and roles for nurse leaders, apply strategies for change related to nursing leadership, roles, function and image and develop a personal/professional nursing leadership development plan.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7230

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Analyze best practices utilized by national nurse leaders in health care environments.
  • Formulate solutions using health care leadership principles that address current and future nursing trends.
  • Develop a personal and professional nursing leadership plan.

This course is designed to enhance the student's knowledge and application of sound measurement principles and practices for assessing learning outcomes and evaluating and conducting research in nursing education. Students will analyze the relationship between research, practice and psychometric issues. The course will provide a theoretical and practical foundation for choosing tests and measurements data available to applied researchers.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7240

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Explore principles and practices of issues related to assessment of learning outcomes in nursing education.
  • Design measurements used to assess learning outcomes.
  • Analyze the psychometrics of selected instruments for appropriateness in nursing education research and practice.
  • Use analysis of results to improve tests.

This course is designed to develop a professional trajectory for scholarship as a member of the nursing discipline. Fundamental to this scholarship is Boyer's Model of Scholarship and a plan for research in the specialty of nursing education. Course requirements will include assessments of self and organizational scholarship in order to develop a plan for future contributions to the discipline.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7250

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Analyze the attributes of a model for scholarship and its relevance to self and organizations.
  • Appraise the agenda of nursing education research for self, colleagues, and the discipline.
  • Create a program of scholarship using self and organizational assessment, with the intent of adding to the discipline.

First of a two-course sequence focusing on inferential statistics for students interested in understanding quantitative research in the health sciences. It is designed to enable students to apply experimental-design models toward solving practical problems and improving the efficiency of formulating and providing healthcare services. The pre-requisite is an introductory-level statistics course taken recently. After successful completion, students will be able to match empirical research questions to statistical methods, apply hypothesis-testing models to experimental and quasi-experimental research questions, use appropriate probability distributions, including z, t, and F,. estimate parameters with adequate confidence intervals, test hypotheses using a wide variety of statistical models, and use different versions of analysis of variance as applied to the health sciences.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7300

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Match empirical research questions to statistical methods
  • Apply hypothesis-testing models to experimental and quasi-experimental research questions.
  • Use appropriate probability distributions, including z, t, and F.
  • Estimate parameters with adequate confidence intervals.
  • Test hypotheses using a wide variety of statistical models.
  • Use different versions of analysis of variance as applied to the health sciences.
Second of a two-course sequence focusing on inferential statistics for students interested in conducting quantitative research in the health professions. It is designed to enable students to gather data and apply experimental-design models toward solving practical problems and improving the efficiency of formulating and providing healthcare services. The focus in this second course is to train students to generate, interpret, and evaluate clinical, biomedical, and healthcare-services regression models. Prerequisite is successful completion of Biostatistics I (HPD 7300). After successful completion of this course, students will be able to conduct empirical research using statistical methods, apply bivariate and multivariate regression hypothesis-testing models to experimental and quasi-experimental research questions, evaluate the assumptions of regression models, estimate and assess the impact of regressors in functional relationships, estimate parameters with adequate confidence intervals, transform variables in ordinary least squares from linear to quadratic, cubic, logarithmic, and other expressions, and measure the effect of non-quantitative variables.

TThis course provides the student with an opportunity to examine the dissertation process. The course focuses on structure and design of a concept for PhD dissertation research that includes peer/collegial review and scholarly discourse.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7310

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Engage in scholarly dialogue and peer review of students' dissertation concepts.
  • Design a researchable question with a scope appropriate to dissertation level research that will contribute to nursing education's body of knowledge.

This course is designed to increase the student’s ability to prepare a literature review based on the current state of science on the topic of a student's phenomena of interest. Course focus is on a variety of vantage points on the phenomenon of interest toward gaining skills in organizing, integrating, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating the most relevant information.

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate resources for a literature review related to the phenomena of interest.
  • Organize the literature related to the phenomena of interest.
  • Analyze the content obtained from the literature on the phenomena of interest.
  • Synthesize the literature results.
  • Evaluate the literature on the phenomena of interest.

In this course the student's mastery of doctoral study is assessed. Through the comprehensive examination process, the student will exhibit knowledge of relevant current and historic literature in the focused area of study, mastery of current issues, and the ability to apply and design a research study using methods of the discipline. The student’s ability to think critically, form sound responses to questions and to communicate effectively in writing is evaluated. The completion of this course is indicative of the student’s readiness to commence dissertation work. Successful completion of the course is required before dissertation work can begin.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7330

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Synthesize the current state of knowledge related to the areas of inquiry in which the student is developing expertise.
  • Demonstrate evidence of ability to select, organize, synthesize and critically appraise supporting literature relevant to a concept or issue.
  • Articulate original thought of in depth knowledge of theory, and expertise in research methodology related to nursing phenomenon of interest.

This course will provide students with an understanding of the methods and approaches used in quantitative health-related research. It will prepare students to be both consumers and produces of quantitative research. A major emphasis of the course will be on the conceptualization and design of research studies. Moreover, the course will cover ethics, formulation of research questions, research designs, reliability, validity, sampling, and measurement. It will also prepare students to critically evaluate published research articles.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7400

  1. Explicate independent, dependent, mediating and moderating variables and conceptually and operationally define each.
  2. Describe the major steps involved in conducting a quantitative research study.
  3. Understand and identify legal and ethical issues pertaining to conducting research with human participants.
  4. Develop and articulate the research topic, research problem, purpose statement and research question of a study.
  5. Develop appropriate quantitative research designs to address research questions.
  6. Articulate a sampling strategy and subject recruitment plan to address the research questions of a proposed study.
  7. Identify and select appropriate instruments to measure the primary variables/outcomes.
  8. Utilize reliability and validity information to determine the usefulness and appropriateness of instruments.
  9. Compare and contrast descriptive, correlational, and comparative research studies. HPH 7400, Winter 2013 2
  10. Explain and contrast experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental research designs.
  11. Evaluate, critique, and provide suggestions for improving quantitative studies.
  12. Understand internal, external, construct, and statistical conclusion validity and the factors that influence each.
  13. Evaluate randomized controlled trials, determine their strengths and weaknesses, and identify ways to improve them.

This course will focus primarily on the knowledge and skill competencies you will need to conduct nursing education qualitative research successfully. In this pursuit we will immerse ourselves in the epistemological, theoretical, ethical, methodological, and procedural understanding of qualitative research, apply this knowledge to the conceptualization and conduct of nursing education qualitative research, report the findings of the research in the form of a research article, and appraise the quality of such qualitative research products. Upon completion of the course you will have demonstrated that you have mastered the basic competencies needed to create, plan, and complete a nursing education qualitative research dissertation.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7410

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Conduct research that supports nursing education
  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate teaching-learning
  • Utilize traditional and advanced technological teaching-learning strategies
  • Provide scholarly service at academic facilities and to the professional and health care communities as nurse educators

This on-line course covers schools of thoughts in philosophy of science. To address the need of laying the foundation for the generation and expansion of new professional knowledge that will guide evidence-based practice for the health professions, this course also covers topics on the acceptance of theories in the scientific community and epistemology of applied scientific inquiry. This course is designed to allow PhD students in the health professions to gain appreciation for the philosophical underpinnings of unity in science, to be able to apply philosophical frameworks and epistemological paradigms in their future research, and to eventually become a creative researcher in his or her area of practice.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7500

The student successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Gain the knowledge of evolution in philosophy of science.
  • Comprehend and compare schools of thoughts in philosophy of science.
  • Apply schools of thoughts in philosophy of science and epistemological orientations to comprehend the knowledge and scientific debates in the student's area of practice.

This course is designed to provide writing experiences which prepare the learner for manuscript and grant proposal submissions. This introductory experience into the grant process from proposal to funding to management will include project management, funding sources, and funding challenges. Other course requirements include a research proposal (manuscript) that is ready for submission for publication and development of a dissertation proposal.

Course Outcomes of Student Learning for NSG 7600

  • The student successfully completing this course will be able to:
  • Develop a manuscript ready for submission, targeted to an appropriate audience.
  • Explore grant funding strategies which support nursing education.
  • Determine an action plan to manage a grant from proposal through funding to final report.