Doctor of Education (EdD)

Degree Type

Area of Emphasis
Emphasis in Nursing or Health Professions Education

Student Population
Master’s prepared nurses or master’s prepared health professionals

Delivery Format
Online with synchronous video meetings in the courses. 

Minimum of 54 credits


The program seeks to assure equity in student readiness for the doctoral coursework and attainment of program outcomes. Students must show evidence of coursework in the following areas either from a previous master’s degree, transfer credit, enrollment in BCHS courses, portfolio process (limited to 9 credits), or current select professional certifications such as Certified Nurse Educator or by incorporating the coursework into their plan of study prior to taking the doctoral level courses.

Graduate study in the following content areas are prerequisite to doctoral courses. A distinct course for each content area is not required; the content may be integrated within one or more courses.

  • Research methods
  • Parametric and nonparametric statistics
  • Teaching strategies
  • Curriculum
  •  Assessment

Program Purpose Statement

The education doctorate (EdD) with emphasis in nursing and health professions education develops educators to assume multiple leadership roles in a variety of settings. Graduate proficiencies will include scholarly inquiry and the utilization of innovative decision making based on current evidence to create proactive solutions to contemporary problems. Collaboration and planned partnerships are essential elements in maximizing educator effectiveness. The program provides learning opportunities that challenge students and promote achievement of their own potential.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the EdD with emphasis in nursing and health professions education, graduates will be able to:

  1. Create educated solutions to contemporary issues in healthcare education.
  2. Initiate and manage change in educational environments
  3. Integrate legal, ethical and diversity considerations into practice and policy decisions
  4. Contribute to the body of knowledge through systematic inquiry and dissemination
  5. Provide leadership for educational issues utilizing applicable theories, global perspectives and available evidence

Admission Requirements

The doctor of education program admits students twice a year. To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the completed Education Doctorate application and all required materials by the delineated deadline.

Each applicant to the EdD with an area of emphasis in nursing and health professions education program will be evaluated for admission based on the following criteria:

  • Completed Education Doctorate application which includes:
    • Narrative explanation (not to exceed three pages)of applicant’s professional goals, how the degree will help attain the goals, how the applicant’s professional goals are compatible with the program purpose statement and program outcomes, and potential research topics of interest
  • Master’s degree with major in nursing, health professions, or related field from a regionally accredited institution with nursing program accreditation and, if applicable, speciality accreditation
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in master’s program
  • Current, unencumbered license in nursing (RN) or health professions field if required in applicant’s state of residence
  • Official college transcripts from graduating institutions and transfer credits
  • Two professional references; one from applicant’s graduate program faculty and one from applicant’s employer/supervisor. Reference from the applicant’s nursing or health professions employer is strongly recommended. Two employer references may be used by those whose graduation date was more than five years ago.
  • Applicants for whom English is a learned language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) proficiency exam and score of 550 PBT, or 79 iBT or better. Exemptions for the English proficiency requirement are granted for non-native speakers who have received a high school diploma or more advanced degree either from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution outside the U.S. at which English is the official language of instruction. (School code: 6058)

Honor Society of Nursing

Sigma Global Nursing Excellence, Alpha Alpha Zeta chapter

Sigma is an international nursing honor society that celebrates excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Membership is by invitation to nursing students and registered nurses who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, evidence of professional leadership potential, and pristine academic integrity. Becoming a Sigma member sets you apart as one of the select group of nurses who have demonstrated a personal commitment to nursing excellence.

Academic Policies

Credit for Prior Learning

Students must be accepted for admission to a program and have permission from the Program Director/Dean to obtain credit for previous learning. Previous learning will be demonstrated through a portfolio that explains how course outcomes have been met via previous experiential learning and includes supportive evidence. No more than nine credits of a degree may be earned via credit for prior learning.

Portfolio Criteria

A portfolio of evidence of prior learning must include:

  • Face page with student’s name and course for which the waiver is requested
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of the course syllabus
  • An narrative of how the applicant has met each of the course outcomes via previous learning and experience
  • Supportive evidence as determined by course faculty

Transfer Credit

Graduate level courses may be transferred to apply toward some degrees. (See individual program requirements.) Students requesting credit for courses taken at other institutions must have those courses evaluated. The request for transfer must be discussed with and approved by the program director and the student’s advisor and/or advisory committee.

Criteria for transfer courses:

Only courses for which the student has earned at least a B (or the equivalent of a B) will be considered for transfer credit.

  • Courses must be comparable in content and rigor to the Bryan courses they would replace.
  • Courses must have been taken at a regionally accredited academic institution or evaluated by an acceptable evaluation agency if taken outside the United States. Acceptable evaluation agencies include Educational Credential Evaluators (Catalog Match Evaluation) or World Education Services.
  • Nursing courses must have been taken at an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation (CCNE) accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts must be received by Records and Registration.
  • Students may be required to provide catalog course descriptions and/or course syllabi for the requested courses.

Plan of Study

Upon acceptance to a graduate nursing program, the student and advisor will develop a plan of study to meet the degree requirements. The student and advisor share joint responsibility for progression through the program and attainment of degree requirements. The degree must be completed within seven years of matriculation into the program as delineated in the Maximum Length of Time to Degree Completion policy.

Dissertation Continuous Enrollment

After admission to candidacy, students must register for at least one credit per academic term until the doctoral degree has been conferred.

Practicum Credit Hour Definition

1 credit = 45 clock hours

Course Sequencing

Sample Curriculum Plan

Fall start plan varies slightly. Part-time study is available.

Students who do not have previous graduate level coursework in quantitative research methods, statistics, teaching strategies, curriculum development, and assessment will need to obtain those credits as part of their plan of study.


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