Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education
University of Northern Colorado

Program Details

The online PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado is designed to extend content acquired at the baccalaureate or master's levels to emphasize knowledge development, education strategies, leadership, and research. Coursework covers topics such as:

  • ​Evidence-Based Teaching
  • ​Nursing Curriculum Design and Program Evaluation
  • ​Cognition and Instruction
  • ​Qualitative Research

​Graduates are prepared for nurse educator positions in academic settings and health care organizations.


  • Minimum GRE score (taken within the last five years) of: 140 Quantitative, 146 Verbal Reasoning, and a combined score of at least 297 with an analytic writing minimum of 3.5. Test scores must be sent directly to the graduate school by the testing agency. UNC's institutional code is R4074.
  • Completion of a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from an accredited (NLN/ACEN or CCNE) nursing program, and a master’s degree from an accredited (NLN/ACEN or CCNE) program in nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale).
  • Proof of or eligibility for current Colorado licensure as a registered nurse or a compact state.
  • Two years teaching experience recommended.
  • Prerequisite course: SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3) or equivalent.
  • An interview with nursing faculty (scheduled by telephone or in person).

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Geographic Restrictions

Prospective students are advised to check with their state’s nursing licensing regulations for approval prior to enrollment.