U.S. nursing schools are forced to turn away tens of thousands of qualified applicants each year due to a shortage of nursing faculty. Capella University's online PhD in nursing education degree program was designed to meet this growing need and prepare 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 Educator© (CNE) exam. The curriculum includes such topics as advanced nursing theory and concepts, curriculum design and evaluation, teaching strategies, and classroom assessment.
The Building Blocks of Your PhD
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.
View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, colloquia, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.
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. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.
View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at CapellaResults.com.
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.