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PHD Doctor of Philosophy in Education Nursing Education specialization

Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People interested in an online nursing education degree include nursing faculty members who want to pursue advanced faculty or leadership positions and nurses currently working in health care delivery who want to share their knowledge of nursing.


Twelve of the top 50 employers of Capella alumni are colleges or universities (as reported by CareerBuilder).

Career Builder Alumni Outcomes Data, Q2 2014

Potential Employment Settings

  • Community health agency
  • Community or technical college
  • Consulting (nursing/health care)
  • Educational consulting firm
  • Health care system
  • Hospital
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Medical center

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Assistant dean of nursing
  • Clinical educator
  • Dean or associate dean of nursing program
  • Department chair
  • Director of faculty and staff development
  • Director of nursing
  • Education analyst
  • Educational consultant (nursing)
  • Full-time faculty
  • Nurse clinician
  • Nurse educator
  • Program director
  • Training director

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

School of Education Doctoral Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Education doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's School of Education doctoral graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and salary and benefits. Over 50% of graduates work in higher education; an additional 25% work in P-12 environments.


Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied".

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.

Our School of Education doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Just over half have presented at a conference or published an article, book or monograph. Over 40% of those surveyed have advanced in their careers.

Improvement in Skills &Abilities Education Doctoral Graduates


Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.