Ph.D. in Nursing Education Online Program

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About the Degree

The Ph.D. in Nursing Education program is for graduates of a master of science in nursing program. The Nova Southeastern University Ph.D. in Nursing is designed to provide the culminating segment of the educational pipeline for a nursing faculty career path. This program extends the education of current nursing faculty from around the country and creates a path of entry into nursing education for prospective faculty. The online program emphasizes nursing research and higher education leadership in nursing. Through coursework and course delivery methods specific to their needs, nurses prepare to conduct research and serve in nursing faculty leadership roles.

Advantages of a Ph.D. in Nursing Education

The current and projected nursing faculty shortage impacts the nursing profession on a national level. It has created an increased demand for faculty positions at all levels of nursing education. The community's focus on Magnet certification provides greater opportunities in the profession in areas including research and educational leadership. Health-care institutions seek nurses prepared at the doctoral level to develop evidence-based practice guidelines, organize new and innovative nursing care delivery systems, and serve in research- and evidence-based practice positions within their education departments.

Consistent with the NSU and Nursing Department missions, nurse scholars completing the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree program will be prepared to:

Program Goals

The PhD in Nursing education program builds on masters in nursing education and prepares graduates for roles as leaders, researchers and educators within the discipline of nursing education.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the PhD in Nursing Education program will be able to:

  1. Conduct research that generates nursing and nursing education knowledge though testing and refining of theory.
  2. Integrate health care and educational policy advocacy and leadership into the role of a nurse educator.
  3. Assume the role of nurse educator with the ability to design learning opportunities in educational settings using instructional strategies to meet the needs of diverse populations.
  4. Collaborate with other disciplines in the developing of an integrated view of knowledge in order to educate competent health care providers responsive to the needs and concerns of society.