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Dual-Title Ph.D. in Nursing and Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTS)

The dual-title Ph.D. program in Nursing and Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTS) allows nursing Ph.D. students to pursue additional preparation for career paths that involve clinical trials or clinical research programs. In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Nursing Ph.D. program, students must satisfy additional requirements established by the CTS program committee. Within this framework, course selection is determined by the student, his or her Nursing adviser, and the CTS program adviser. Students entering with an M.S. degree in nursing will complete a minimum of 56 credits.

Course Requirements

The dual-title Ph.D. in Nursing and CTS requires 26 credits:

  • CTS 590 Seminar in Clinical and Translational Sciences (two semesters; 1 credit each)
  • CTS 595 Clinical Research Internship
    BMS 571 Graduate Clinical Rotation (6 credits)
  • 18 credits from a list of approved electives in each of the following areas:
    Statistics (3 credits)
    Epidemiology (3 credits)
    Bioinformatics (3 credits)
    Experimental design and interpretation (3 credits)
    The regulatory environment (3 credits)
    Scientific communication (3 credits)

At least half of the elective courses must be at the 500 or 800 level. Twelve of the 18 required elective credits may be double-counted from the requirements for the Nursing Ph.D.

Candidacy: In order to be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy in the dual-title program, students must meet the Ph.D. candidacy requirements specified by Nursing. A single candidacy examination will be administered that includes assessment of both Nursing and CTS. At least one member of the candidacy committee must have a graduate faculty appointment in CTS.

Comprehensive Exam: The comprehensive exam will require the student to demonstrate an understanding of the methods of translational sciences and an ability to apply them to problems in the nursing field. When appropriate, the student will be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of methods to evaluate and compare the outcomes of his/her research to existing approaches. The CTS representative on the student’s doctoral committee will develop questions for and participate in the evaluation of the comprehensive exam.

Dissertation Defense: Students must write and orally defend a dissertation on a topic that reflects their original research and education in both nursing and CTS. The topic must be approved in advance by the doctoral committee.

For more information about the Ph.D. program in Nursing, see the Ph.D. Requirements.