Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2019/2020)
36.28 Nursing

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is offered in Nursing in areas reflective of the strength and expertise of current faculty members in the Faculty of Nursing. All students will be required to attend as full-time students during the first six semesters (two academic years) of the program.

The following regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

36.28.1 Qualifications for Admission
  1. Admission to the program is limited and competitive.

  2. To be considered for admission an applicant must normally hold a Master of Nursing degree or equivalent from a recognized university and have a strong academic record (minimum GPA of 3.4 on a scale of 4).

  3. Applicants must have completed either a graduate level course(s) in research that included both qualitative and quantitative approaches with some advanced statistical analysis in the quantitative work, or a graduate level statistics course.

  4. Applicants must hold an active practicing license from the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland or must be currently registered as a practicing nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction. Applicants from other countries who do not meet the above criteria will be assessed on an individual basis and must submit proof of registration as a practicing nurse (or an equivalency) from their country or jurisdiction.

  5. Applicants must submit a statement about a research focus that is compatible with expertise within the current faculty of the Faculty of Nursing.

36.28.2 Program of Study
  1. A Supervisory Committee shall be appointed for each student in accordance with General Regulations, Supervision of the School of Graduate Studies.

  2. Students normally be required to successfully complete a minimum of 18-credit hours of program courses as follows: Nursing 7011, Nursing 7012, Nursing 7100, Nursing 7101, one of Nursing 7200-7210 (or another approved research course at the doctoral level), and one of Nursing 7300-7310 (or another approved course at the doctoral level in the area of the student’s research interest). All courses will normally be completed within the first two years of the program.

  3. Students will normally be required to complete a minimum of two mandatory, non-credit internships/institutes during the first two years of the program. The internships/institutes are designed to provide an opportunity for students to gain substantive knowledge of, and engage in, collaborative research and/or teaching. An internship/institute will be selected based on the student’s area of interest and learning needs and will have a set or negotiated time limit during a semester depending on the nature and scope of the work.

  4. Students will be required to participate in four graduate seminars per term in the Fall and Winter semesters in each of the first two academic years of the program (for a total of 16 graduate seminars).

  5. Students must develop and maintain a professional portfolio that includes experience in research, teaching, and academic and professional service.

  6. Students shall submit to a comprehensive examination in accordance with General Regulations, Comprehensive Examinations of the School of Graduate Studies. The Comprehensive Examination will consist of a written component and an oral component. The examination will normally be scheduled on completion of course work, but no later than the end of the student’s seventh semester in the program.

  7. Students must submit a written thesis proposal for presentation to the School, normally within three months of completion of the comprehensive examinations.

  8. Students must submit a thesis, examined and defended in accordance with General Regulations, Theses and Reports of the School of Graduate Studies.

  9. Students are required to spend a minimum of six semesters (two academic years) in residence.

  10. In keeping with the General Regulations, Period of Study for the School of Graduate Studies, the time limit to complete the degree is seven years.

36.28.3 Courses

A selection of the following courses will be offered to meet the requirements of students, as far as the resources of the Faculty of Nursing will allow.

  • 7011 Nursing: The Science
  • 7012 Nursing: The Profession
  • 7100 Nursing Research 1: Conceptualizing Research
  • 7101 Nursing Research 2: Conducting Research
  • 7200-7210 Reading Courses in Research Methodology
  • 7300-7310 Reading Courses in a Substantive Area for Research