Nursing Education, Ed.D. (Online)

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below.  The department website provides an overview of the program, including admission requirements, faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:

Program Sequence - 51 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

Residency 1 (No credit assigned)

Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education (each course is 3 credits; 9 credits total)

Specialization in Nursing Education (each course is 3 credits; 9 credits total)

Residency 2 (No credit assigned)

Leadership in Nursing Education (each course is 3 credits; 9 credits total)

Science of Nursing Education Research (each course is 3 credits; 12 credits total)

Residency 3 (No credit assigned)

Dissertation Phase (each course is 3 credits; 12 credits total)

Comprehensive Examination
All matriculated doctoral students wishing to become doctoral candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination. This exam is designed by the doctoral faculty to rigorously assess the student's mastery and synthesis of knowledge garnered during coursework. Further, it is intended to gauge the student's potential for independent dissertation research.

Dissertation Proposal
The dissertation proposal is a required component of the doctoral program, and must be approved for a student to become a doctoral candidate. Specific details regarding the dissertation proposal and required forms can be obtained from the Coordinator of the Ed.D Program in Nursing Education.

Doctoral Candidacy
Once students satisfactorily pass coursework, the comprehensive examination and the dissertation proposal hearing, they are considered doctoral candidates and may begin dissertation research.

The dissertation is the culminating component of the doctoral program. Only upon successful dissertation defense before a dissertation committee may a student be considered for graduation. All requisite forms and further details are available from the director of the Ed.D. in Nursing Education program. Students must complete all degree requirements within seven years.