PhD, Nursing

The curriculum is designed to develop habits of scholarly thinking about problems relevant to the discipline of nursing. 

The initial segment of the curriculum provides course work in the areas of research, nursing science, and theory development.

The emphasis in the middle segment continues to be course work with the addition of research residencies, cognates, and independent studies that provide a basis for the student's projected dissertation focus and the subsequent initial program of research.

The final segment of the program, preceded by the qualifying examination and advancement to candidacy, entails development of a dissertation research proposal, data collection and analysis, and the writing of the dissertation. The dissertation is a work of independent research that makes an original contribution to knowledge in nursing. A key element of the program is faculty advisement.  


The PhD program entails approximately four years of academic work, though it is possible to complete it in three.

Curriculum Details

The curriculum is subject to periodic revision at the discretion of the faculty.

Doctoral Foundation Course Schedule


Course Number Name (Instructor)


Year One - Fall Qtr.

N209A Comparative Qualitative Res Des (2units) (McLemore)

W 10-12

N209B Quantitative Research Design (2 units) (Alkon)

T 8-10

N229 Philosophy Nsg Sci (3 units) (Schumacher & M. Park)

Tu 1-4

B187 Intro Probability/Stats (5 units) (Paul)

Tu/Th 10-12

B187 Lab (Paul)

Th 1-3

Year One - Winter Qtr.

N202A Theory Dev in Nursing (3 units) (C. Leung)

W 10-12

N269 Integ Scientific Literature (3 units) (Cataldo & Fukuoka)

Tu 1-4

B192 Intro Linear Models (5 units) (Paul)

Tu/Th 10-12

B192 Lab (Paul)

Th 1-3


Year One - Spring Qtr.

N212B Quant Measurement/Theory (3 units) (J. Chen)

Th 9 - 12

N209C Quantitative Res Meth II (3 units) (Milo-Santos)

Tu 1-4

N251.01 Grant Writing (2 units) (Hong & J. Johnson)

Th 1-3

N212A Qual Data Coll/Ethics (2 units) (Asiodu)

Tu 10-12

Year Two - Fall Qtr.

Theory (choose one course from below)***


N290 Family Theory (3 units) Offered Every Other Year (Chen)


N253 Theories of the Policy Process (3 units) (Malone)***

W 1-3

N227 Theories of Mental Illness (3 units) (Landolin)***

W 1-3

N221.01 Theories in Aging & Palliative Care (3 units) (Wallhagen)


N/S285A Qualitative Methods I (5 units) (Chesla/Pinderhughes)

Tu 1-5

- OR –


N289A Adv. Quantitative Res. Methods (3 units) (Weiss)

W 9-12

N289.01A Approach to Stat Analysis Lab 2 hours (2 units) (Alkon)

W 3–5

- OR -


S289A Adv. Quantitative Res. Methods I (4 units) (Harknett)

W 8:30-12:30

Year Two - Winter Qtr.

N/S285B Qualitative Methods II (5 units) (Chesla/Pinderhughes)

W 1-4

- OR -


N289B Adv. Quantitative Res. Methods II (3 units) (Hu)

W 1-4

- OR -


S289B Adv. Quantitative Res. Methods II (Harknett)

Th 1-5

Year Two - Spring Qtr.

N467 Teaching Residency (Variable units) (Staff)


*** PPC strongly recommends students complete N202A course prior to taking
N221.01; N227, N253, or N290.

Advanced Nursing Seminars


Course Number Name (Instructor)


Fall Quarter 2018


N223C The Role of Social Determinants in Symptom Experiences

and Symptom Management  (2 units) (Dawson-Rose)

M 1-3

N240.11 Occupational and Environmental Health Research Seminar (1-5 units) (Hong)

Th 5-7

N240.15 Theories and Methods in Aging Research (2 units) (Wallhagen)



Winter Qtr. 2019


N223A Symptom Research (2 units) (Weiss/Miakowski)

Tu 3-5

N240.11 Occupational and Environmental Health Research Seminar (1-5 units) (Hong)

Th 5-7

N240.16 Research Issues in Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2 units) (Wallhagen)



Spring Qtr. 2019


N223B Theories and Methods of Symptom Science (2 units) (Wallhagen/Leutwyler)

W 9:30-11:30

N248/N223C The Role of Social Determinants in Symptom Experiences

and Symptom Management  (2 units) (Dawson-Rose)

M 1-3

N240.08 Advanced Child Development Science (2 units) (Chen)


N240.12 Family Health & Relational Research (2 units) (Chesla)


N285C Interpretive Phenomenology (2 units) (Chesla/M. Park)

W 1-3

NXXX Ethnography (Rehm)


N240.19 Quality & Safety of Patient Care (3 units) (Pelter/Foley)


N269A Machine Learning Primer for health Professionals (3 units) (Hu)

Th 2-4

N286A Community Participatory Research Methods (2 units) (Waters)


NTBO = Not To Be Offered
TBD = To Be Determined

Recommended Courses

These courses are recommended by the PPC for PhD students. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor before deciding to enroll in these courses. Subject to change.

Course Number Name (Instructor)


N220 Academic Role Preparation (2 units) (L. Park)

Tu 3-5, Spring Quarter

N291 Applied Statistical Methods for Longitudinal & Hierarchical Data (4 units) (Cooper)

W 9-12, 1-3, Spring Quarter

N467 Teaching Residency- (variable units) (Staff)

Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer

N248 Mixed Methods Course (Schumacher/Cataldo)


N285D Qualitative Methods Seminar (Rehm)


N289.01 Advanced Methods: Meta-Analysis (2 units) (Milo-Santos)

Th 11-12, Spring 

N298A Qualifying Exam Seminar (2 units) (Rehm)

Tu 10-12, Winter

Tu 1-3, Spring

N299 Dissertation Seminar (0 units) (Staff)

Fall, Winter, & Spring Quarters

**These courses are recommended for students to take by the PPC. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor before deciding to enroll in these courses. Teaching Residency is required before serving as a paid Teaching Assistant (TA).

Academic Teaching Courses

These courses are to be offered on the UC Davis campus. They may be taken in any sequence. Additional information on these courses and registration for them will be available during Fall Quarter for the Winter and Spring courses. Subject to change.

Course Number and Name



NURS 302: Methods for Teaching Nursing & Health Sciences:
Curriculum & Instruction

4 units


NURS 303: Methods of Teaching Nursing & Health Sciences:
Evaluation of Learning

4 units