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Cooperative Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Degree (with the University of Florida)

University of Florida College of Nursing

In 2002, Florida A&M University joined with the University of Florida in a cooperative Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nursing Science.  Through this cooperative degree offering, students may access the University of Florida’s doctoral program on the campus of Florida A&M University via an interactive audio-visual system.  The Ph.D. degree will be awarded by the University of Florida.

 The admission requirements for the cooperative Ph.D. in Nursing Science are:
  • Master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program with a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) minimum scores of 500 or above on the verbal and quantitative sections. The analytic section is required;
  • Eligibility for RN licensure in Florida;
  • International students or students whose native language is not English: a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (computer-based=213, paper- based=550, or web-based=80); or a 6 on International English     Language Testing System (IELTS); or a 77 on Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB); or successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute program is required;
  • International students or students whose native language is not English with unsatisfactory scores on the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB; unsuccessful completion of the UF English Language Institute Program; or an unacceptable score on the verbal part of the GRE must achieve an acceptable score on an essay administered by the Academic Written English Program at UF;
  • Three professional/academic references attesting to the applicant's potential for doctoral studies;
  • An essay (double-spaced, 1500 word maximum, using current APA guidelines) describing the following:
           1. Your academic expectations of the program
           2. How earning a PhD will affect your future career
           3. The experiences that you feel have best prepared you for doctoral study (e.g., clinical, educational, or leadership experiences);
           4. A clinical problem or area in which you are interested in developing your dissertation research and how that interest aligns with a College of Nursing faculty member’s  research area;
           5.The most difficult issues that you anticipate while in the Ph.D. program and how you plan to handle them;    and
           6. A curriculum vitae.

Students may request special review by the College of Nursing Admissions Committee if they believe they are strong candidates for graduate study but do no fully meet these criteria.
Doctoral classes are offered one day per week. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 credits in a minor or area of specialization and an additional 6 credits of elective courses from the participating consortium universities to the University of Florida in order to meet the required 62 credits for the degree.

 Students in the cooperative degree program will meet UF Graduate School and College of Nursing graduation requirements, including credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a comprehensive qualifying examination, dissertation and final examination.

 Further information can be obtained from the liaison for the Cooperative Ph.D. in Nursing Science, Florida A&M University School of Nursing, Tallahassee, Florida 32307, telephone (850) 599-3017, Fax (850) 599-3508.


University of Florida College of Nursing
Course Descriptions

NGR 6815 Foundations of Qualitative Research in Nursing
(3) Prereq: NGR 6101 or equivalent, NGR 6801 or equivalent.  Introduction to philosophical, historical and theoretical bases.
NGR 6840 Applied Statistical Analysis I (3) Prereq: NGR 6803 or equivalent and doctoral statistics orientation.  Advanced procedures for data analysis and statistical inference in nursing research.
NGR 6845 Applied Statistical Analysis II (3) Prereq: NGR 6840.  Analysis and application of advanced multivariate statistical procedures to develop design for individual research questions.
NGR 7115 Philosophy of Nursing Science (3) Critical examination of the meaning, method, and logical structures of science and nursing sciences. Emphasizes the logical methodological analyses of aims, methods, criteria, concepts, laws, and theories.
NGR 7124 Theory Development in Nursing (3) Prereq: NGR 7115.  Analysis of existing paradigms, theories, and theoretical models derived or tested through research in nursing.
NGR 7133 Ethical Theories and Rational Decision Making in Health Care (3) Prereq: Admission to doctoral program or consent of instructor.  Analyzing ethical theories and testing the applicability of theory in nursing.
NGR 7814 Field Methods for Health Related Research (3) Prereq: NGR 6815.  Data collection methodologies used in qualitative nursing research.
NGR 7816 Quantitative Research Design and Measurement in Nursing (3) Prereq: NGR 6101 or equivalent, 6803 or equivalent.  Evaluation of quantitative research methods and designs with attention to internal and external validity.
NGR 7979 Advanced Research (1-12) Research for doctoral students before admission to candidacy.  Designed for students with a master’s degree in the field of study or for students who have been accepted for a doctoral program.  Not appropriate for students who have been admitted to candidacy.  S/U.
NGR 7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-15) S/U.