The PhD curriculum focuses on core courses in nursing inquiry, scientific methods and synthesis of knowledge. Students participate in research practice under the guidance of a senior nurse scientist to develop their skills as novice researchers. In addition, students gain knowledge and expertise in a specific area of interest, as well as in specific research methodologies needed to conduct their research. Students also take courses within other colleges at the university to enhance their knowledge in their area of interest.
The minimum number of graduate credits required is 90 semester hours beyond the BSN degree, and 60 semester hours beyond the MSN degree. Exclusive of dissertation hours, the final 30 hours of doctoral study must be completed at the University of Cincinnati. University residency requirements require that the student be enrolled full-time (10 credit hours) for four out of five consecutive semesters, exclusive of dissertation hours. Students are recommended for the PhD when they have developed and demonstrated intellectual maturity and have met the objectives and requirements of their program of study. A degree is not granted on the basis of a predetermined number of credits alone. The successful completion of a preliminary examination (after first year of study), a candidacy exam, and the dissertation are required for graduation.