PhD in Nursing: Course requirements & core courses

Course Requirements

Four core courses and a doctoral seminar are to be completed by nursing doctoral students (see link for Core Courses on right). If pre-requisite education has been evaluated as insufficient, additional course work will be required prior to entry into the College of Nursing doctoral program. Applicants will work with a faculty member (potential Advisor) to negotiate a learning plan to prepare to meet educational requirements.

Elective Courses
Once doctoral students have completed the College of Nursing doctoral core course, students, in collaboration with their Advisor, may augment learning with elective courses. Decisions will be based on enhancing theoretical, clinical, methodological, statistical, and/or policy knowledge. Courses offered within the College of Nursing, other University of Manitoba faculties, or at external universities may be taken as elective course(s).

Evaluation of Progress and Evaluation Criteria
The core courses evaluate student progress through a combination of written assignments, presentations, seminar participation and other mechanisms articulated by course leaders.

Candidacy examinations follow the successful completion of core and negotiated elective courses. The candidacy examinations, in keeping with the specifications and guidelines of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, provides the student with an opportunity to demonstrate competency within their discipline and substantive area with respect to analyzing, synthesizing and communicating ideas from a wide spectrum of relevant literature.

Thesis proposal, in accordance with the Faculty of Graduate Studies PhD thesis regulations, the proposed thesis research project must be approved by the Advisory Committee. The thesis proposal defense is an opportunity for the student to demonstrate a level of knowledge and skill required to undertake the thesis research and how the research will contribute original findings specific to their field of study. The approved thesis proposal must meet appropriate research ethics and access review prior to commencing related research activities.

PhD Thesis and Final Oral Examination. The PhD thesis must be written in the standard style required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and approved by the Advisory Committee members. Details with respect to submission of the thesis must follow the Thesis Information and Guidelines provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Faculty of Graduate Studies general regulations govern the final oral examination. A Thesis Examination Committee is appointed as per these general regulations.


Core courses

NURS 8000 Philosophy of Nursing Science (3 credit hours) In-depth study of relevant paradigms, theories, and conceptual frameworks in science and professional nursing that will contribute to and support students’ thesis endeavors.

NURS 8010 Advanced Qualitative Research for Nursing (3 credit hours) This course is a comprehensive series of seminars which enhance a deeper understanding of the philosophical underpinnings, application, and critical appraisal of qualitative research inquiry.

NURS 8020 Advanced Knowledge Translation & Health Care Policy (3 credit hours)
A course that challenges the student to explore the evidence and thoughtfully consider how knowledge translation and policy frameworks can support strategies for mobilizing and maximizing research findings in clinical, professional, and political action.

Research Methods Course (3 credit hours) An elective course in quantitative research methods to be chosen in consultation with Faculty Advisor.

NURS 8030 Doctoral Student Seminars (0 credits hours) A dynamic seminar series to stimulate and facilitate academic discourse, professional socialization, proposal/thesis/development, funding opportunities and integration into the professional, university and national/international community of nursing scientists and their collaborative partners.