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Research in Nursing measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in a one-semester, three-credit, upper-level course in a baccalaureate program.

Alert: It is essential that you have knowledge of statistics in order to be successful in this course.

The exam has two parts consisting of approximately 80 four-option multiple-choice questions in the first part and four free-response questions that measure your ability to critique a research study in the second part. You will be given three hours to complete this exam.

Material in the exam will cover quantitative research and qualitative research, which means you must have knowledge of statistics. Therefore, in order for you to be successful in this course, you should have already passed the statistics exam offered in this program or a comparable statistics course taken at an accredited institution elsewhere.

You will also be expected to demonstrate the ability to
  • comprehend ethical issues related to research,
  • apply knowledge of concepts fundamental to quantitative and qualitative research,
  • comprehend the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse in relation to participation in research and implementation of research findings, and
  • evaluate research studies for applicability to nursing practice.

Material in the exam will cover:
  • Foundations of Research
    • Ethical considerations
    • Overview of the research process
    • Application of research in nursing practice
    • Review of the literature
    • The research problem

  • Quantitative Research
    • Hypothesis
    • Research design
    • Sampling
    • Data collection
    • Data analysis/interpretation

  • Qualitative research
    • Types of qualitative research
    • Data gathering and data analysis
    • Critiquing guidelines for qualitative research

  • Critique of a Research Study

For those who wish to do further reading, you may want to consider the following textbook: Essentials of Nursing Research: Methods, Appraisal, and Utilization by Polit and Beck (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins).

Taken with permission from �Excelsior College Examination Content Guide for Research in Nursing,� Excelsior College Examinations.)

The required textbook(s) for this course is listed below.

  • Nursing Research: Methods, Critical Appraisal, and Utilization   
      6th by LoBiondo-Wood, Geri / Haber, Judith - Mosby, Inc., 2006
    ISBN 9780323028288