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Nursing Education Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Education

School of Education

Teach the Next Generation of Nurses

Are you ready to step in to fill the need for nurse educators? Capella’s online PhD in Education, Nursing Education degree can help you meet the demand for qualified instructors. Our curriculum presents nursing concepts and theories and provides you with essential knowledge and skills in curriculum development and evaluation, teaching strategy, and scholarship. You’ll learn to design, deliver, evaluate, assess, and lead nursing education programs and function as an effective educator. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 6 Core Courses
  • 8 Specialization Courses
  • 3 Elective Courses
  • 3 In-Person Residencies
  • 1 Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start October 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Facilitate Learning

You’ll learn to design and lead nursing education programs.

Facilitate Development & Socialization

Function as a leader and change agent to introduce fundamental, well-documented education improvements. 

Design Curriculum

Use assessment and evaluation strategies to become an effective nurse educator.

Engage in Scholarship

You’ll participate in curriculum design and the evaluation of program outcomes in the education environment. 

Effect Positive Change

Pursue continuous quality improvement in the nurse educator role to function as a change agent.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Core CNE Exam Skills

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© exam. 

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 original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet 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
$730 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. 


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

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

Impart your knowledge and expertise to nurses using skills and knowledge you gain in Capella’s PhD in Nursing Education program. Teach the next generation of nurses from the perspective of a scholar and experienced practitioner.

Dissertation Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan from the beginning of your program. 

Support to Reach the Finish Line

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your degree.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED8360 The Nurse Educator: Faculty Roles and Responsibilities
ED8355 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education
ED8365 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education
ED8370 Nursing Leadership and Professional Practice

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.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold 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.

Relevant Blog Posts

Interview with PhD in Nursing Education Mentor

"The greatest gift is when a student sends me a message saying, 'Oh my gosh, I finally understand!'”

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our PhD in Nursing Education degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse clinician
  • Director of nursing
  • Director of training and continuing education
  • Nursing education curriculum specialist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Health care system
  • Hospital or medical center
  • Educational consulting firm
  • 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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