Ph.D. Progam in Nursing Science (International Program)

The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Nursing Science (International Program) engages the Faculty of Nursing at Thammasat University in an interactive relationship with top-ranking universities, such as the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, the School of Nursing at The George Washington University, the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and  the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri in the U.S., and 2 top universities in Taiwan—the Department of Nursing at National Cheng Kung University and the School of Nursing at the National Defense Medical Center. These institutions confer and participate with one another in formulating a framework within which to execute the program of study and to arrange for the exchange of instructors and students by specifying the various conditions for the initial phase of the program.

It is the conviction of the Faculty of Nursing at Thammasat University that, in providing a continuing education that incorporates a body of learning at the doctoral level, emphasis should be directed toward the output of high-level graduate researchers whose work centers on palliative care, geriatric care, family health, and health promotion and disease prevention. Further, graduates should be capable in the area of health management and administration at an international level. Graduates must be knowledgeable of the health system, health policy, and continuing quality improvements. Graduates must have a world view and perspective within a global context in this era of global capitalism, functioning both economically, socially, culturally, and politically, with ethics and within international law. Graduates must maintain awareness of advances in the technology in the modern world, which extend to shifting populations and the rapid transmission of data and information. The faculty desires that its nursing graduates be highly capable as leaders in effecting healthcare change, which means the improved quality of life of the people living in their own localities, with a subsequent positive impact on the quality of life of people in the world.

The program has been now ratified and affirmed with an academically agreement with Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and The George Washington University School of Nursing in the United States. Thammasat University also collaborates with the College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University: the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham: the University of Missouri, the University of Illinois at Chicago: the Faculty of Health Science, McMaster University: the School of Nursing, the National Defense Medical Center: the Faculty of Healthcare and Nursing, Juntendo University: and the Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University.

Program Objectives
The ability of students that graduate with a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Thammasat University will be equal to that of students that graduate from international institutions as follows:

  1. Demonstrate insight into the creative process and have developed a high level of knowledge, research, and health innovation
  2. Develop nursing knowledge by using advanced research in palliative care, elderly care, and family healthcare
  3. Be able to use digital technology to search for information and analyze and synthesize existing research and develop new knowledge regarding nursing and health
  4. Specify research issues related to health issues in the present and for the future at the national, regional, and international levels
  5. Show leadership in nursing for solving important issues, and be able to present summaries from crystallizing ideas to related to professionals
  6. Be able to analyze and discuss complex ethical issues  in the context of nursing in order to resolve problems that affect individuals and the society through the consideration of differences in the health policies, laws, and culture in each country

Academic System
The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Nursing Science is a full-time program and is self-funded. The duration of each semester is described as follows:
Semester 1: August-December
Semester 2: January-May
Summer: June-July

Study period:
Monday-Friday   Time:   4.00-7.00 PM
Saturday        Time:   9.00 AM-4.00 PM

Time Frame
The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Nursing Science is a 3.5-year program.

Program structure: 56 credits
Compulsory subjects 17 Credits
Elective subjects 3 Credits
Dissertation 36 Credits

 

Curriculum Year Plans

1st year

1st semester Credit 2nd semester Credit
NS 811 Philosophy of Science and Nursing Science 3 NS 814 Advanced Research in Nursing 3
NS 812 Multivariate Statistics 3 NS 815 Qualitative Research in Nursing 3
NS 813 Theory Development in Nursing 3 NS 816 Health Policy and Health Services Research 2
Total 9 Total 8

 

Summer semester Credit
NS.xxx Elective subject  
The Ph.D. requires a minimum of elective subjects from the following:  
NS 801 Palliative Care: Theory and Research 3
NS 802 Family Healthcare: Theory and Research  
NS 803 Advanced Gerontology  
Total 3

 

2nd year

1st semester Credit 2nd semester Credit summer Credit
NS 900 Dissertation 6 NS 900  Dissertation 6 NS 900 Dissertation 3

 

3rd year

1st semester Credit 2nd semester Credit summer Credit
NS 900 Dissertation 6 NS 900  Dissertation 6 NS 900 Dissertation 3

 

4nd year

1st semester Credit
NS 900 Dissertation 6

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