PhD in Nursing Science Program

Block Intensives

The required in-person block intensives are an important component of our PhD program. Intensives include face-to-face classes and a structured three-track plan designed to provide real-world skills and content not covered in course work. Scheduled during the beginning of each semester, students progress through a series of sessions organized into three tracks: (1) Navigating the World of Research (2) Academic Preparation and (3) Emerging Topics in Design and Statistics. In addition, our school invites speakers who are well-known in a content area to 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. In addition, the PhD and DNP programs have block intensives the same week which allows for opportunities to interact and, when appropriate, attend joint sessions.

Examples of topics covered include:

Navigating the World of Research

  • Negotiating Authorship and Getting Published
  • How to Assemble a Research Team
  • Dealing with the Media

Academic Preparation

  • Academic Program Evaluation and Faculty Role
  • Academic Governance Structures

Emerging Topics in Design and Statistics

  • Analyzing Nursing Interventions
  • Planning Your Dissertation Analysis

Past Guest Speaker Topics

  • Maximizing Doctoral Education: Fostering Collaboration Between DNP and PhD Prepared Nurses
  • Health Reform: An Unfinished Business
  • State of Nursing Education & Practice in Kenya