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

(2016-17 edition, working through edits July 2016)

Course Number Name (Instructor)


Year One - Fall Qtr.

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

W 8-10

N209B Quantitative Research Design (2 units) (Alkon)

W 10-12

N229 Philosophy Nsg Sci (3 units) (Rehm)

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) (Portillo)

Th 8-10

N269 Integ Scientific Literature (3 units) (Miaskowski)

Tu 1-4

B192 Intro Linear Models (5 units) (Paul)

Tu/Th 10-12

B192 Lab (Paul)

Th 1-3

N247 Mngmnt of Complex Health Problems (3 units) (Surjadi)


Year One - Spring Qtr.

N212B Quant Measurement/Theory (3 units) (Zablotska)

Th 9 - 12

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

Tu 1-4

N251.01 Grant Writing (2 units) (Vlahov)

Th 1-3

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

Tu 10-12

Year Two - Fall Qtr.

Theory (choose one course from below)***


N290 Family Theory (3 units) Offered Every Other Year


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

W 1-3

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

W 1-3

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

W 1-3

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

Tu 1-5

- OR –


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

W 9-12n

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

W 3–5

- OR -


S289A Adv. Quantitative Res. Methods I (Z. Zimmer)

W 9-1 , W 1-3

Year Two - Winter Qtr.

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

W 1-4

- OR -


N289B Adv. Quantitative Res. Methods II (3 units) (Hong/Cataldo)

W 9-12, 12-1

- OR -


S289B Adv. Quantitative Res. Methods II (Zimmer)

W 9-1, W 1-3

Year Two - Spring Qtr.



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

Advanced Nursing Seminars

(2016-17 edition, working through edits July 2016)

Course Number Name (Instructor)


Fall Quarter 2015


N240.06 Sem on HIV/AIDS (1unit) (Carrico)

M 1-3

N240.11 OH Research Seminar (1-5 units) (Hong)

Th 5-7

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



Winter Qtr. 2016


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

Th 3-6

N240.06 Sem on HIV/AIDS (1 units) (Portillo)

M 1-3

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



Spring Qtr. 2016


N223B & C Symptom Research (2 units) (Franck/McLemore)

Th 1 - 4

N240.06 Sem on HIV/AIDS (1 unit) (Dawson Rose)

Mon 1-3

N240.08 Adv Child Devlp Sci (2 units) (Chen)


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


N285C Interpretive Phenomenology (2 units) (Chesla)


NXXX Ethnography (Rehm)


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


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


NXXX Big Data Course (Hu)**


NTBO = Not To Be Offered
TBD = To Be Determined, assumed to be offered as of 08/25/2015

Recommended Courses

These courses are recommended by the DPC for PhD students. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor before deciding to enroll in these courses. Subject to change, revised Sept. 2015.

Course Number Name (Instructor)


N220 Academic Role Preparation (2 units) (Vlahov/Robinson)

Tu 3-6. Spring Quarter

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

Spring Quarter

N467 Teaching Residency- (variable units) (Staff)

Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer

N 298A Qualifying Exam Seminar (2 units) (Chen, J.)


N299 Dissertation Seminar (0 units) (Staff)

Fall, Winter, & Spring Quarters

**These courses are recommended for students to take by the DPC. 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 Asst (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, revised Aug. 2015.

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