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NURS 704 Analysis and Construction of Nursing Models and Theories
Credit hours: 3 per Semester
Cluster: Nursing Knowledge Development: Theory, Philosophy and Science,


Course Level: Doctoral

Course Type: PhD


Course Open to: PhD Students

Institution:Virginia Commonwealth University

Pre-requisites: A philosophy of science course.

Course Description: This course focuses on analysis and critique of theoretical and conceptual foundations of research and the developmental processes associated with constructing nursing disciplinary knowledge. Emphasis is placed on the processes for concept and theory development within the context of a research trajectory relevant to the discipline.


Method of Instruction: asynchronous

Delivery Platform: Blackboard

Campus visits required: none

Course Contact: Fonda Neal



Tuition: $825/credit hour


Other considerations: At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Analyze the role of theory and concepts in developing the knowledge base of nursing. 2. Differentiate among types of theories and concepts for their use in nursing inquiry and knowledge development in nursing. 3. Evaluate distinct types of theory in regard to their use in nursing inquiry and knowledge development. 4. Critically evaluate theory and conceptual systems in regard to their use in nursing inquiry and knowledge development. 5. Apply knowledge of philosophy of science to begin construction of a conceptual/theoretical framework that can be used to guide the student’s research.


Available Seats by Semester for this course:



Section: C02
Instructor:Beth Rodgers, Ph.D.
Credits: 3 / Semester


Section: C01
Instructor:Beth Rodgers, PhD.
Credits: 3 / Semester


Section: 001
Instructor:Beth Rodgers, Ph.D.
Credits: 3 / Semester

Funding to develop this project was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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