1.Philosophy and Objectives
“International Doctoral Program in Nursing” (IDPN) prepares students for developing the nursing profession, focusing on knowledge development in nursing, as well as researching on multiple nursing care issues in clinical filed. It is expected to cultivate nursing scholars with independent ability of scientific exploration and professional commitment.
Our department sets the educational direction of the IDPN as focusing on “knowledge development in nursing”, the goal as developing the nursing profession, as well as the research focusing on multiple nursing care issues in clinical filed. It is expected to cultivate nursing professionals to have the following competencies
Philosophical thinking in knowledge development
Research methodology in generating new knowledge
Ethical reasoning in health practice
Communication in multidisciplinary collaboration
Leadership in professional development
Lifelong learning in scientific inquiry
2. General Information about IDPN
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) values an academic environment that prepares students to fulfill productive destinies in society. The University online Rules and Regulation (http://www.ncku.edu.tw/~register/english/acad1-4.htm) provides details of “Rules and Regulation of Graduate Program of Master Degree and Doctoral Degree”. Curriculum information of IDPN can be found in the Department of Nursing website: http://en.nursing.ncku.edu.tw/files/11-1300-11086.php
Progression through the program
Full-time doctoral students are expected to complete their degree within 2-7 years (See Study Flow Chart). IDPN requires each doctoral student to fulfill a minimum of 36 academic credits consisting of 18 credits for required courses, 6 credits for elective courses and 12 credits for the dissertation (must be written in English). After successfully accomplishing these thirty-six (36) academic credits within a designated academic program year, they are permitted to graduate.
Academic grade point
The academic grade points of courses and dissertation examination are to be calculated as per the one-hundred (100) point scale. One-hundred percent (100%) is considered as full point, and seventy percent (70%) is considered as passing point. Grade below seventy percent (70%), their academic grade points will not be granted. Students are not permitted to take the Make-up Exam of the course(s) or subject(s) receiving unsatisfactory/failing grade points of the academic semester. Students shall retake the required course in the next semester or next year prior to the expiration of their study periods. With regard to conducting grade point, one-hundred percent (100%) is considered as full point, and seventy percent (70%) is considered as passing point.