Ph.D. in Nursing Education Online Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

The current and projected nursing faculty shortage continues to impact the nursing profession on a national level. This has created an increased demand for faculty positions at all levels of nursing education. The focus on magnet certification provides greater opportunities in the profession in areas such as research and educational leadership. Health care institutions are seeking nurses prepared at the doctoral level to develop evidence-based practice guidelines and organize new and innovative nursing care delivery systems, as well as for placement in research/evidence-based practice positions within their education departments. This online Ph.D. in nursing education program will prepare nurse scholars to

  • conduct research that supports nursing education
  • assess, plan, implement, and evaluate teaching-learning
  • teach nurses and potential nurses in the academic and clinical settings
  • use traditional as well as advanced technological teaching learning strategies
  • provide scholarly service at academic facilities, and health care communities
The curriculum is planned with input from practicing nurses and students and is geared to addressing the healthcare issues facing the advanced educated nurse. Student and community input is vital to our program. During the program students and nursing professionals are frequently asked to evaluate the program and make recommendations for changes that will better serve the students and meet community needs.  Students serve on advisory and various councils within the program.  The program director is available for individualized program advisement.
The totally online PhD in Nursing Education Program provides a diversity of students as well as convenience. The PhD courses remain constant, an elective course maybe taken based on your concept of interest. A New Student Orientation weekend and a weeklong Summer Institute for returning students is a mandatory on campus requirement each year. All the courses are taught by doctoral prepared nurses with expertise in the area.  All courses focus on the use of evidence based research as a cornerstone for practice.
As with other students seeking a professional degree, the investment in your future should not be measured in dollars and cents. The reputation of the program, individualized attention and small classes along with a relevant, state-of-the art curriculum should all be weighed in your decision. A caring faculty with a wide range of expertise is eager to assist you in your journey.
The application deadline is March 1st and students are admitted in August.
There is no clinical component to the program. There is a 90 hour research component where you work with a nurse researcher in the student’s own geographic area.
No. This program is a lockstep program, with course content building on each previous course.
No.  All semesters have specific start and end dates.
How much time you spend will be based on several factors to include your study style, time management, the professors’ methods, and your study area. It is generally felt by polling current students that approximately 6-10 hours per week per class will be the average. This will include study time, assignments, reading, discussion board activities and interactive internet activities.
The courses are offered through a course management tool, Web CT which is an asynchronous format. An asynchronous format allows for the student to interact with the course based on their individual schedule. Each professor will have his/her own instructional strategies that could include discussion boards, chat, synchronous sessions, online group and individual activities, and written requirements. Synchronous sessions are real-time sessions on your home computer with a microphone. However, the program is cognizant that our online students are working professionals with a variety of work and personal responsibilities.
Yes. As with most online programs of study, papers compose a large portion of the course requirements. All scholarly writing is in the APA writing format. One of the foundational components of the PhD program is the focus on scholarly writing.
Yes. Each professor determines the need for a text book and internet readings. You will be responsible for purchasing the required text for each course.
Yes. We have developed an online student center for the PhD Program. In this virtual student lounge, you can post messages, questions, and have chats with classmates. You will also find the schedule, course plans, links, library resources and much more.
Students can check on their application status through the following link:
The RN to BSN program is completed in 9 semesters or 3-5 years. There are 3 semesters in one year with each semester 16 weeks in length. As a fulltime student you will take two courses every 16 weeks.
You will earn 6 credits per semester as a fulltime student.
2014-2015 tuition is $850 per credit hour.
  1. Tuition for academic year 2014–2015 (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) is $850 per credit hour.
    An NSU student service fee of $1050 is required annually.
  2. Acceptance Fee—$500. This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant’s place in the Ph.D. in Nursing Education class. The advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within the two weeks of an applicant’s acceptance.
  3. Deposit Fee—$ 500. This is due July 1 for August admission.
    A nonrefundable $50 fee is required with each application.
Courses are paid per semester hour. All courses are paid for upon registration for any particular semester. You have several options available for payment of your tuition. Check, cash and credit cards are always acceptable.
The financial aid department is an integral part of our admission process. Student loans for nursing are at an all time low interest rate.  Loans are not due for repayment until 6 months after completing all of your higher education.  Many healthcare facilities in the area participate in the national loan forgiveness programs. We will explore all available options with you as you develop a workable financial aid package. On the web financial aid information is found at:  It is important that you check the financial aid website early in order to complete the necessary forms to be eligible for financial aid.
The PhD in Nursing Education is an established program within the College of Allied Health and Nursing at NSU.  NSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone number 404-679-4501) to award bachelor's, master's, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.  PhD programs are not accredited by nursing specialty organizations.