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Nursing Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Help empower nursing professionals to find success in their roles with an online PhD in Education, Nursing Education from Capella University. In this program you’ll learn to design and lead effective nursing education programs.

Your coursework and in-person learning experiences will help you become a change agent, ready to introduce fundamental, well-documented improvements to nursing education. And you’ll develop the capacity to lead continuous quality improvement as a nurse educator.

Core CNE skills

This program aligns with Core Competencies for Nurse Educators from the National League for Nursing, integral to the Certified Nurse Education exam.

Nursing education research

Advance knowledge in the field of nursing research with your dissertation work, focusing on nursing education research rather than clinical practice.

Become an influencer

Serve as a role model and guide for the next generation of nursing professionals with knowledge and expertise gained in this doctoral program.

Classes start April 8

Use the code WINTER to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 6 Core courses
  • 8 Specialization courses
  • 3 Elective courses
  • 3 Virtual Residencies
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation
  • 77 Coursework credits
  • 16 Maximum transfer credits

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with a PhD in Education degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a PhD in Nursing Education.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Dean or associate dean of nursing program
  • Nurse educator
  • Full-time faculty of nursing courses
  • Nursing instructor
  • Nursing education curriculum specialist
  • Nursing department chair

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Health care system
  • Hospital
  • Community and technical college
  • Medical center
  • Community health agency

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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