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Nursing Education Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Education

School of Education

Overview

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.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD 

In the PhD in Nursing Education program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time, when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

Degree Outcomes

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. 

Career Outcomes

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.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start October 9th

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$707 per credit, 92 total quarter credits, 16 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Grants

Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

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Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.