Florence S. Downs PhD Program in Nursing Research and Theory Development

Overview

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing is home to one of the first PhD nursing programs in the nation. The faculty is composed of some of the most lauded, published, and funded researchers in the profession. The College’s affiliations with hundreds of hospitals, private practices, clinics, professional journals, and other institutions provide a wealth of resources for PhD students.

The College’s PhD program in nursing research and theory development is designed to support students and guide them in the achievement of their academic and professional goals. The curriculum provides an excellent foundation in the philosophy of scientific inquiry, theory development in nursing science, quantitative and qualitative research designs, and methodological approaches to data management and analyses. Faculty members are dedicated to challenging and encouraging students to conduct groundbreaking original research and to examine their own interests and passions for public service.

Our PhD students come from all backgrounds and from all stages of personal and career development. However, they share one common thread: the excellence of their thought and dedication to the nursing field.

Why NYU Meyers?

Mentoring

  • Our faculty are experts in their field and in mentoring PhD students for successful research careers 
  • We facilitate networking and relationship building within nursing and related fields for long-term career development.
  • Our students graduate with an average of four peer reviewed publications each, setting them up for highly attractive post-doctoral fellowships or faculty positions.
  • Alumni from our PhD program have become distinguished nursing leaders in the US and globally.

Resources

  • We are consistently in the top 10 of NIH-funded nursing schools.
  • Most of our full-time students are fully funded through their first two years of study and many successfully obtain additional funding for their remaining years in the program through external mechanisms like the occupational and environmental health training grant, T32 in behavior science training in substance abuse, and others.
  • Access to statisticians, prominent guest speakers, and other resources through the Pless Center for Nursing Research
  • Access to diverse patient populations across the New York metropolitan area and the globe through both public and private healthcare systems.
  • Students have the opportunity to live in New York City, taking part in its culture and events and becoming involved in the multitude of opportunities within its healthcare ecosystem   

Environment

  • We have an outstanding interdisciplinary environment that is designed to produce both independent investigators and those with team-based research skills.
  • We encourage a supportive, collaborative environment amongst our PhD students who celebrate each other’s successes.
  • Our students are encouraged to take advantage of the many classes, seminars, events and resources available to students across the NYU campus.
  • World renowned institutes, centers and training programs to facilitate learning and research:

Research Areas

  • Chronic disease management
  • Family and pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Global health
  • HCV
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Health policy
  • Health services and workforce research
  • Home care
  • Interprofessional care
  • M & E health technology
  • Mental health
  • Occupational health
  • Palliative care and symptom management
  • Substance use
  • Simulation Education

PhD Curriculum Total Program (45 credits)

Students must have the equivalent of three years of full time study to earn a PhD in New York State. This requirement can be met by course load, course load and equivalencies, or by maintenance of matriculation after finishing course work and working at least 40 hours per week on dissertation. Part-time students take the first year of the full-time curriculum over two years and their elective courses in Years 3 and 4. See PhD handbook for rules and explanations of full-time and part-time status.

Full-Time PhD Curriculum: Year One, Fall Semester (12 credits)
NURSE-GN 3501 Biostatistics I Fall

This course will prepare students with core knowledge of statistical analysis needed to critically evaluate scientific research presentations. Through the interpretation and comprehension of graphical and statistical techniques, scientific hypothesis will be answered. Statistical processing through the program SPSS will be integrated into the program and used in tandem with critical principles needed for effective statistical decision making.

NURSE-GN 3351 Contemp Design & Meth I Fall

Students will examine and apply criteria used to develop and evaluate rigorous methodological designs. Current epistemological and methodological debates will be discussed. Both classic and alternative methodological approaches to answering research questions and generating evidence of significance to nursing science will be explored; the inherent strengths and limitations of various designs will be emphasized and analyzed. Design and sampling considerations for answering questions related to health disparities will be integrated throughout.

NURSE-GN 3358 Using Qualitative Methods Nursing Research Spring Fall

This course is designed for graduate nursing students interested in furthering their ability to carry out qualitative research. Topics will include the approach and implementation of in-depth interviews, focus groups, and participant observation, as well as issues of proposal development, sampling, and recruitment of subjects, informed consent and analysis. Exercises will permit group interaction and hands-on practice of research design, instrument development, interviewing, group facilitation, observation, analysis and write-up of findings. Several guest speakers will provide first hand experiences of the development and implementation of their studies. Students will be expected to research methodological issues, carry out field exercises and write up "reports" of their experiences and data analysis. A final research project including design, instruments and human subjects’ issues will be required in lieu of an exam.

NURSE-GN 3350 Philosophical & Theor Perspetvs or Nursing Fall

This course will provide participants with the opportunity to examine the historical development of the philosophy of science as it relates to the evolution of the discipline of nursing and the development of nursing knowledge, including theory development, and its application to nursing research and practice. Structure, components, assumptions, limitations, methodologies, and types of reasoning will be evaluated with regard to the development of nursing knowledge. The multiple paradigms of nursing and their implication for nursing research will be discussed. The interrelationships among philosophy, ethics, theory development, research, and practice will be analyzed as they relate to the discipline of nursing.

Full-Time PhD Curriculum: Year One, Spring Semester (12 credits)
NURSE-GN 3502 Biostatistics II Spring

This course is designed to further the knowledge base presented in Biostatistics I. There will be a concentration on more advanced methods of statistical analysis and research designs that are present in biological and medical applications of statistics. More complex statistical functions, such as regression, ANOVA and the Advanced Quantitative Methods sequence will be introduced as methods in analysis of scientific research.

NURSE-GN 3352 Contemp Design & Meth II Spring

Students will continue their examination of methodological rigor in the research processes of measurement, instrument design, data collection and analysis. Students will also explore alternative research approaches, including mixed methods designs and secondary analysis. The strengths and limitations of various approaches to data collection will be examined. Strategies for enhancing rigor and minimizing measurement error will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to the development of culturally relevant and sensitive measures and procedures for data collection with diverse populations.

NURSE-GN 3353 Knowledge Appraisal and Development Spring

This course will provide students with specific strategies necessary to conduct a scholarly appraisal. The adequacy of a specific body of nursing knowledge will be taught including: concept analysis, integrative and systematic reviews. Students will use concept analysis to examine concepts integral to a specific body of knowledge. In doing so, propositions, and/or theories from specific areas of nursing science will be identified and examined for adequacy. Students will begin to examine the state of the science in a specific area of knowledge development using integrated review techniques. Generalizability of knowledge in a specific area will be examined with attention to methodological and conceptual limitations based on gender, race, age, or ethnic group. The impact of knowledge on practice will be analyzed and strategies to increase the transfer of knowledge to/from the clinical arena will be discussed. As well as examining one specific area of nursing knowledge in class, students will use techniques learned to further individual ability to appraise and develop knowledge in an area of specific interest to the individual.

NURSE-GN 0001 Dissertation Related Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
NURSE-GN 0002 Candidacy Examination 0, Spring
No description available
Full-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Two, Fall Semester (10 credits)
NURSE-GN 3355 PhD Forum Spring Fall

This course is designed to enhance students’ socialization into the roles of scholar and researcher and assist students to develop the knowledge, skills and strategies necessary to develop a research career in nursing. Students may opt to take this course Pass/Fail.

NURSE-GN 0000 Research Residency (100 hours) 0, Fall
No description available
NURSE-GN 0001 Dissertation Related Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
NURSE-GN 0001 Dissertation Related Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
NURSE-GN 0001 Dissertation Related Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
Full-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Two, Spring Semester (8 credits)
NURSE-GN 0000 Research Residency (100 hours) 0, Fall
No description available
NURSE-GN 0003 Teaching Residency (60 hours) 0, Spring
No description available
NURSE-GN 3355 PhD Forum Spring Fall

This course is designed to enhance students’ socialization into the roles of scholar and researcher and assist students to develop the knowledge, skills and strategies necessary to develop a research career in nursing. Students may opt to take this course Pass/Fail.

NURSE-GN 3325 Health Disparities Theory,Rsch & Methods Spring

This course focuses on concepts, theory, and research related to health disparities within the context of health care delivery. Diversity, vulnerability, culture/ethnicity and socioeconomic contexts will be presented as well as individual, health care provider and health care system level factors. Emphasis is placed on critical appraisal and synthesis of nursing and multidisciplinary literature that guides research, clinical practice and policy focused on health disparities. Course content emphasizes urban environments and lifestyles that contribute to health disparities.

NURSE-GN 0001 Dissertation Related Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
Full-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Three, Fall Semester (3 credits)
NURSE-GN 3313 Dissertation Proposal Seminar Nsg Fall

Prerequisites: N41.3350, N41.3351, N41.3352, N41.3343, and N41.3325. This course is designed to provide guidance in the development of the PhD dissertation proposal. Emphasis is placed on understanding and defining the logical relations between elements in a proposal including the problem statement, conceptual/theoretical framework and research design and methodology. Teaching-learning strategies are designed to promote critical/analytical thinking and scholarly discourse.

Full-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Three, Spring Semester
NURSE-GN 3400 PhD Advisement Spring Fall

Ongoing PhD advisement to maintain matriculation.

NURSE-GN 0004 Dissertation Proposal Review 0, Spring
No description available
Part-Time PhD Curriculum: Year One, Fall Semester (6 credits)
NURSE-GN 3351 Contemp Design & Meth I Fall

Students will examine and apply criteria used to develop and evaluate rigorous methodological designs. Current epistemological and methodological debates will be discussed. Both classic and alternative methodological approaches to answering research questions and generating evidence of significance to nursing science will be explored; the inherent strengths and limitations of various designs will be emphasized and analyzed. Design and sampling considerations for answering questions related to health disparities will be integrated throughout.

NURSE-GN 3350 Philosophical & Theor Perspetvs or Nursing Fall

This course will provide participants with the opportunity to examine the historical development of the philosophy of science as it relates to the evolution of the discipline of nursing and the development of nursing knowledge, including theory development, and its application to nursing research and practice. Structure, components, assumptions, limitations, methodologies, and types of reasoning will be evaluated with regard to the development of nursing knowledge. The multiple paradigms of nursing and their implication for nursing research will be discussed. The interrelationships among philosophy, ethics, theory development, research, and practice will be analyzed as they relate to the discipline of nursing.

Part-Time PhD Curriculum: Year One, Spring Semester (6 credits)
NURSE-GN 3353 Knowledge Appraisal and Development Spring

This course will provide students with specific strategies necessary to conduct a scholarly appraisal. The adequacy of a specific body of nursing knowledge will be taught including: concept analysis, integrative and systematic reviews. Students will use concept analysis to examine concepts integral to a specific body of knowledge. In doing so, propositions, and/or theories from specific areas of nursing science will be identified and examined for adequacy. Students will begin to examine the state of the science in a specific area of knowledge development using integrated review techniques. Generalizability of knowledge in a specific area will be examined with attention to methodological and conceptual limitations based on gender, race, age, or ethnic group. The impact of knowledge on practice will be analyzed and strategies to increase the transfer of knowledge to/from the clinical arena will be discussed. As well as examining one specific area of nursing knowledge in class, students will use techniques learned to further individual ability to appraise and develop knowledge in an area of specific interest to the individual.

NURSE-GN 3352 Contemp Design & Meth II Spring

Students will continue their examination of methodological rigor in the research processes of measurement, instrument design, data collection and analysis. Students will also explore alternative research approaches, including mixed methods designs and secondary analysis. The strengths and limitations of various approaches to data collection will be examined. Strategies for enhancing rigor and minimizing measurement error will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to the development of culturally relevant and sensitive measures and procedures for data collection with diverse populations.

Part-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Two, Fall Semester (4 credits)
NURSE-GN 3501 Biostatistics I Fall

This course will prepare students with core knowledge of statistical analysis needed to critically evaluate scientific research presentations. Through the interpretation and comprehension of graphical and statistical techniques, scientific hypothesis will be answered. Statistical processing through the program SPSS will be integrated into the program and used in tandem with critical principles needed for effective statistical decision making.

NURSE-GN 3355 PhD Forum Spring Fall

This course is designed to enhance students’ socialization into the roles of scholar and researcher and assist students to develop the knowledge, skills and strategies necessary to develop a research career in nursing. Students may opt to take this course Pass/Fail.

NURSE-GN 0000 Research Residency (100 hours) 0, Fall
No description available
Part-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Two, Spring Semester (7 credits)
NURSE-GN 3502 Biostatistics II Spring

This course is designed to further the knowledge base presented in Biostatistics I. There will be a concentration on more advanced methods of statistical analysis and research designs that are present in biological and medical applications of statistics. More complex statistical functions, such as regression, ANOVA and the Advanced Quantitative Methods sequence will be introduced as methods in analysis of scientific research.

NURSE-GN 3355 PhD Forum Spring Fall

This course is designed to enhance students’ socialization into the roles of scholar and researcher and assist students to develop the knowledge, skills and strategies necessary to develop a research career in nursing. Students may opt to take this course Pass/Fail.

NURSE-GN 0002 Candidacy Examination 0, Spring
No description available
NURSE-GN 0001 Dissertation Related Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
Part-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Three, Fall Semester (3 credits)
NURSE-GN 3358 Using Qualitative Methods Nursing Research Spring Fall

This course is designed for graduate nursing students interested in furthering their ability to carry out qualitative research. Topics will include the approach and implementation of in-depth interviews, focus groups, and participant observation, as well as issues of proposal development, sampling, and recruitment of subjects, informed consent and analysis. Exercises will permit group interaction and hands-on practice of research design, instrument development, interviewing, group facilitation, observation, analysis and write-up of findings. Several guest speakers will provide first hand experiences of the development and implementation of their studies. Students will be expected to research methodological issues, carry out field exercises and write up "reports" of their experiences and data analysis. A final research project including design, instruments and human subjects’ issues will be required in lieu of an exam.

NURSE-GN 0000 Research Residency (100 hours) 0, Fall
No description available
Part-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Three, Spring Semester (6 credits)
NURSE-GN 3325 Health Disparities Theory,Rsch & Methods Spring

This course focuses on concepts, theory, and research related to health disparities within the context of health care delivery. Diversity, vulnerability, culture/ethnicity and socioeconomic contexts will be presented as well as individual, health care provider and health care system level factors. Emphasis is placed on critical appraisal and synthesis of nursing and multidisciplinary literature that guides research, clinical practice and policy focused on health disparities. Course content emphasizes urban environments and lifestyles that contribute to health disparities.

NURSE-GN 0003 Teaching Residency (60 hours) 0, Spring
No description available
NURSE-GN 0001 Dissertation Related Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
Part-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Four, Fall Semester (6 credits)
NURSE-GN 0001 Dissertation Related Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
NURSE-GN 0001 Dissertation Related Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
Part-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Four, Spring Semester (4 credits)
NURSE-GN 0001 Dissertation Related Elective 3, Fall Spring Summer
No description available
Part-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Five, Fall Semester (3 credits)
NURSE-GN 3313 Dissertation Proposal Seminar Nsg Fall

Prerequisites: N41.3350, N41.3351, N41.3352, N41.3343, and N41.3325. This course is designed to provide guidance in the development of the PhD dissertation proposal. Emphasis is placed on understanding and defining the logical relations between elements in a proposal including the problem statement, conceptual/theoretical framework and research design and methodology. Teaching-learning strategies are designed to promote critical/analytical thinking and scholarly discourse.

Part-Time PhD Curriculum: Year Five, Spring Semester (1 credit)
NURSE-GN 0004 Dissertation Proposal Review 0, Spring
No description available
NURSE-GN 3400 PhD Advisement Spring Fall

Ongoing PhD advisement to maintain matriculation.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 from a NLN or AACN accredited program
  2. At least one degree (bachelors or master's) in nursing
  3. The ability to demonstrate professional performance/contribution to nursing as evidenced by research efforts, publications, presentations, membership in professional organizations, honors/awards, community service, letters of recommendation
  4. GRE Scores taken within the past 5 years.
    Verbal & Quantitative: Combined total of at least 300, with verbal score of at least 150.
    The GRE's must be received in time for the December 15th application deadline. The NYU Meyers GRE test code is 2441.

Technical Standards Requirements
Applicants must meet the Technical Standards for Core Professional Nursing Competency Performance in order to be eligible for admission to, progress in, and graduate from the nursing program.

Criminal Background Check Policy
Please be advised that prior to or during clinical learning experiences at an acute or community and/or school-based health care facility, that facility may require a criminal background check in order to meet the facility's clinical placement policy or requirements. Such checks may be conducted by the facility or the student may have to independently obtain a criminal background check that meets the facility's requirements. We do not conduct criminal background checks.

Equal Opportunity Statement
NYU Meyers does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. Prospective students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for all of our programs.

For Students with International Credentials
If your academic credentials are not in English and/or are from a foreign school with a grading system not based on a 4.0 overall GPA, we strongly suggest an evaluation and translation. Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc (ECE) is the preferred service. ECE prepares evaluation reports that identify the United States equivalents of educational qualifications earned in other countries. To request an evaluation report, you must complete and submit an application form, along with all required documentation and all applicable fees. ECE will complete most evaluation reports in approximately 15 to 20 business days from the date they receive all required documentation and fees. They also offer 1-day, 5-day and 12-day Rush Service and Express Delivery. Please visit the ECE website for more information.

Application Deadlines

We are now accepting Fall 2017 applications for the PhD Program. Click here to apply!

Fall 2017 Deadline: December 15, 2016*
Mandatory Admissions Day: February 6, 2017

*This is a final deadline. All applications and supporting materials including transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received in office by this date. 

    Once your online application is complete and submitted, please forward the following original documents:

    1. An official transcript, in sealed envelopes, from each post secondary school attended.
    2. An official copy of your GRE scores. GRE scores may be sent directly to the College of Nursing using the GRE Test Code: 2441.  The official GRE Score report must be on file with the College of Nursing before a decision will be rendered.
    3. For applicants whose native language is not English, an unofficial copy of your latest Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score is required. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS band score of 7.0 is required. The TOEFL or IELTS official score must be on file with the College of Nursing before a decision will be rendered (TOEFL test code is 1617).
    4. Documentation to demonstrate professional performance/contribution to the nursing field.
      • A list of research, writing/publications. Please submit no more than two papers that are most illustrative of your ability. If you are not published, you may submit papers from previous academic work and/or forward additional letters of recommendation.
      • A list of professional organizations or student groups in which you are involved. Acceptable documentation includes program listings or letters from colleagues.
      • A list of honors from professional societies; a duplicate copy of the honor is acceptable.

    The above information should be submitted together in one package to:

    Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
    NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
    433 First Avene, LL 1
    New York, NY 10010

    Applications are reviewed by a panel of professors from NYU Meyers. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview in February.

    Application Fee
    The application fee is $80 dollars. Your application will not be processed until your application fee has been paid. Application fees are non-refundable and must be received by the stated application deadlines.

    Fee Waivers
    NYU Meyers waives fees for applications based on financial hardship or US military service/US veteran status. To request that the application fee be waived, please submit a request to admissions.nursing@nyu.edu when submitting your application. The request should include your full name and the program to which you are applying. We will notify you via email when your request for an application fee waiver has been approved.

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    Do I need to know exactly what I am going to do for my dissertation research?

    Students should have a general idea of their area of research interest, to make certain that an appropriate NYU Meyers faculty member can mentor you. Acceptance into the PhD Program is dependent on a strong "match.” As students progress through the first year of full time study, however, their ideas evolve as they learn more about the research process.

    Is it realistic to work full-time and enroll as a part-time student?

    Students are encouraged to study full-time, as this provides the most intensive (and expedient) experience. However, full-time study is not always possible, and there are many highly successful part-time students. One challenge for part-time students is to make time to be engaged in all the scholarly opportunities available at the college. Required research residencies provided the student with a mentored research experience. Students are required to take a minimum of six credits each semester in order to be able to complete course requirements in a reasonable period of time.

    The maximum time to complete the PhD at NYU Meyers is 7 years. Will it take me 7 years to complete the PhD program?

    Absolutely not! Seven years is the absolute maximum that is allowed, and is not encouraged. The college’s goal is to prepare graduates to conduct real-world research that benefits the profession and our patients. Full-time students can complete the PhD in fours years, and part-time students can complete in six years. Students work closely with advisors to ensure that barriers to completion are identified and addressed to ensure timely completion of the program.

    What funding sources are available to me?

    Most students receive tuition and stipend support for a two-year period; however the College encourages and offers resources for students to prepare proposals for predoctoral funding either through the National Institutes of Health or other organizations, such as the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNAC) Program. Federal traineeships and loans are also available. Other funding sources include scholarship funds from private grants and gifts. As many scholarships require full-time study, the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) provides as important option for part-time, as well as full-time students. The NFLP is a loan cancellation program with a post-graduation obligation.

    How do I apply for financial aid?

    https://fafsa.gov/
    The university requires all applicants interested in receiving financial aid to submit the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The college can assist PhD students with information about traineeships and scholarships.

    Does the College offer a post-doctoral program?

    Currently we do not have a funded program in place. However, students may choose to work with a faculty member and provide their own support (fees apply) or support their post-doctoral experience with a funded mechanism, such as through NIH. In addition, New York University has a Postdoctoral and Transitional Program for Academic Diversity Fellowship and we have had several postdoctoral students placed here at the College throught this fellowship.
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    What is the application deadline for the PhD program?

    The final application deadline for the fall semester (September) admission is December 15. This is a hard deadline. We will not be accepting applications after December 15.

    Is the GRE required for admission?

    PhD applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE must be taken in order for official scores to be received in time for the December 15 application deadline. The NYU Meyers code to use to send GRE test scores is 2441.

    Does NYU Meyers require any specific nursing licensure for admission?

    US educated PhD applicants must hold a current professional United States nursing license. These PhD students must maintain their nursing license while matriculated at NYU Meyers. International students are not required to hold a US license to study in our program.

    How can I check the status of my application?

    Contact NYU Meyers's Office of Student Affairs and Admissions by calling 212-998-5317, or email nursing.admissions@nyu.edu to check the status of your application.

    When will I know if I am admitted or not?

    Applicants are notified of admissions decisions on a rolling basis. Typically the application review process takes between four and six weeks.

    What is the minimum G.P.A. required for acceptance to NYU Meyers?

    Applicants with an earned master’s degree must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. For baccalaureate students or those applying concurrently with the master’s program, the minimum grade point average is 3.5.