PhD in Nursing Science Program

Block Intensives

The required in-person block intensives are a critical component of our PhD program. Scheduled during the beginning of each semester, students attend classes and progress through a series of sessions organized into three tracks: (1) Navigating the World of Research (2) Academic Preparation and (3) Research, Design and Statistical Analysis.

In addition, our students are included in the Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series where invited guest speakers who are well-known in a content area speak on a variety of relevant topics. These speakers include both internal VUMC faculty as well as external speakers from across the country working in universities, private agencies and the public sector.

Social events with faculty and other doctoral students are also an important component of the intensives. Examples of topics covered include:

Navigating the World of Research

  • Negotiating Authorship and Responding to Manuscript Critique
  • How to Assemble a Research Team
  • Research Considerations and Rural Populations
  • Dealing with the Media
  • Grants Management/Administration
  • How to be a Scientific Reviewer 

Academic Preparation

  • Academic Program Evaluation and Faculty Role
  • Academic Governance Structures

Research, Design & Statistical Analysis

  • Grantsmanship
  • Reading, Reviewing and Publishing the Scientific Literature

Past Guest Speaker Topics

  • Maximizing Doctoral Education: Fostering Collaboration Between DNP and PhD Prepared Nurses
  • Nursing at the Crossroads: The Future of Health Care
  • Journey to Leadership in Nursing and Beyond: Insight for Future Nurse Leaders