Nursing — Ph.D. with Bioethics — M.A.

Program director, Bioethics, School of Religion

Zdravko Plantak

Program coordinator, School of Nursing

Susan Lloyd

Faculty

The faculty for the combined degrees Bioethics with Nursing Program is primarily drawn from Loma Linda University's School of Religion and School of Nursing.

Admissions

Students are selected through a competitive process led by the School of Nursing in conjunction with the Bioethics Program. The associate dean for the Graduate Program in the School of Nursing will recommend students. The dean's office recommendation will trigger a streamlined admissions process into the M.A. degree in bioethics curriculum.

The program

The M.A./Ph.D. combined degrees Bioethics with Nursing program is designed to facilitate greater integration and more efficient completion of two graduate degrees for students with strong interest in both nursing and ethics.

Students who complete this program will be prepared to make significant interdisciplinary contributions to both fields. Students are required to gain separate acceptance into the M.A. degree in bioethics curriculum and the Ph.D. degree curriculum in nursing.

An M.A. degree in bioethics taken as a stand-alone degree requires 48 units in bioethics courses. However, the M.A./Ph.D. combined degrees reduce the total units required by 23 units in the following manner:

  1. Twelve (12) units come from three courses in the nursing curriculum denoted as "concentration" courses that are taken in the M.A. degree in bioethics offerings. These three courses focus on the field in which the dissertation will be written.
  2. Four (4) units come from the selected analytic topic course (e.g., NGRD 686 Applied Psychometrics for Health Care) in the nursing curriculum and counts toward the M.A. degree in bioethics.
  3. Four (4) units come from a course in the nursing curriculum that is counted for M.A. degree in bioethics credit: NGRD 681 Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science (4 units). This course has sufficiently similar content to M.A. degree in bioethics courses that it warrants being applied to both the Ph.D. degree curriculum in the Nursing Program and the M.A. degree in the Bioethics Program.
  4. A 3-unit RELE ___ elective course required in the nursing curriculum may be chosen from any one of the M.A. degree in bioethics courses to double count.

A model curriculum of bioethics course work taken throughout the five years of nursing school

M.A. curriculum
First Year
Autumn QuarterUnits
RELE 589Biblical Ethics3
Winter Quarter
RELE 5882Explorers of the Moral Life3
Summer Quarter
RELE 5241Bioethics and Society4
Second Year
Autumn Quarter
RELE 564Ethics and Health Disparities3
Spring Quarter
RELE 565The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Moral Aspects of Art and Illness3
RELE 567World Religions and Bioethics3
Third Year
Winter Quarter
RELE 554Clinical Ethics Practicum I4
Spring Quarter
RELE 555Clinical Ethics Practicum II4
Summer Quarter
RELE 568Bioethics and the Law3
Fourth and Fifth Years
Winter Quarter
RELE 566Heroes of Health Care3
RELE 598Master's Seminar I3
Spring Quarter
RELE 599Master's Seminar II2
RELE 5__ Electives7
 Total Units: 45
1

May be taken Summer or Autumn Quarter

2

May be taken Winter or Spring Quarter

Ph.D. curriculum

First Year
Summer Quarter 1Units
NGRD 681Philosophical Foundations of Nursing Science4
NGRD 682Methods of Disciplined Inquiry2
NGRD 688Nursing Science Seminar1
STAT 531Parametric and Nonparametric Bivariate Statistics4
Autumn Quarter
NGRD 687LLU Scholars Seminar1
NGRD 6834Mentored Research4
Second Year
Summer Quarter 1
NGRD 680Strategies for Theory Development in Nursing4
NGRD 684Advanced Quantitative Research Methods4
STAT 532Applied Bivariate Statistical Analysis4
Autumn Quarter
NGRD 687LLU Scholars Seminar1
Third Year
Summer Quarter 1
NGRD 685Advanced Qualitative Research Methods4
NGRD 688Nursing Science Seminar1
RELR_ Relational religion course3
STAT 533Applied Multivariable Statistical Analysis4
Autumn Quarter
NGRD 687LLU Scholars Seminar1
Fourth Year
Summer Quarter
NGRD 688Nursing Science Seminar1
NGRD 686Applied Psychometrics for Health Care4
NGRD 687LLU Scholars Seminar1
NGRD 6974Dissertation Research20
RELE _ Ethics elective23
RELT_ Theological elective3
Focus courses (Foundational to dissertation)212
General elective24
 Total Units: 90
1

Autumn, Winter, Spring Quarter

2

units double counted with M.A. degree  in bioethics

3

or another analytic topic relevant to dissertation data analysis

4

Multiple registrations required to fulfill total unit requirement