Capella University

225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402-3389

PhD - Nursing Education

Program Details

This specialization is for current licensed registered nurses with a master's degree in Nursing.

Develop the skills you need to make a difference, while maximizing your investment, with an affordable and respectable online PhD in Nursing Education degree.

U.S. nursing schools are forced to turn away tens of thousands of qualified applicants each year due to a shortage of nursing faculty. This program works well in helping meet this growing need, while preparing you to affect positive change in the field.

The National League for Nursing recognizes that this program aligns with the Core Competencies for Nurse Educators©, using competencies that are integral to the Certified Nurse Education© (CNE) exam. The curriculum includes such topics as advanced nursing theory and concepts, curriculum design and evaluation, teaching strategies, and classroom assessment.

Your PhD in Nursing Education program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called colloquia or residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

As a successful graduate of the PhD in nursing education program, you'll be prepared to facilitate learning, effectively use assessment and evaluation strategies, and participate in curriculum design and the evaluation of program outcomes. Additionally, you’ll be highly qualified to function as a leader and change agent to introduce fundamental, well-documented improvements in a collaborative environment.

Common jobs with an online PhD in Nursing Education include faculty member, dean or associate dean of nursing program, education analyst, director of nursing or educational consultant. Potential workplaces include: land-based or online college or university, health care system, hospital, educational consulting firm, and community health agency.

Program Overview:

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery Format:
    Mostly Online
  • Completion Time:
    92
  • Tuition Basis :
    Per Quarter Credit
  • In State Rate:
    $707.00
  • Out of State Rate:
    $707.00
  • Additional Fees :
    $2,275.00
  • Fees Overview :

    Quarterly Resource Fee (per quarter): $175

  • Estimated Degree Cost - In State:
    $67,319.00
  • Estimated Degree Cost - Out Of State:
    $67,319.00
  • International Students Accepted:
    Yes
  • Accelerated Degree:
    No

Requirements

Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. 

Basic requirements for all programs:

  • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Acknowledgement agreement
  • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
  • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
  • Minimum GPA as defined by your program

Minimum level of education required:

  • Master's degree in nursing from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Current, unrestricted RN license to practice in the United States
  • RN license verification is required. This program is not designed to prepare graduates for entry-level or advanced practice licensure as a nurse.
  • PhD program requires the completion of three dissertation research seminars (ED-R8925, ED-R8926, and ED-R8927).

Accreditation & Licensing

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Higher Learning Commission: www.hlcommission.org.
  • Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

RN license verification required. This program is not designed to prepare graduates for entry-level or advanced practice licensure as a nurse. The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

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Disclosure

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credentials, or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information.

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