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Nurse Educator


The UA College of Education and the Capstone College of Nursing offer a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators. This program is designed to prepare practicing nurses for nursing faculty positions. Graduates are prepared to teach nursing in community or four-year colleges and universities in their area of expertise.

In this program, nurses that have an MSN degree enter the program to earn a Doctorate in Education (EdD) for Nurse Educators. Coursework for this distance learning program can be completed in three years through a blended format of online courses and one on-campus meeting in the fall and spring semesters on Friday evenings and Saturdays. The dissertation must be completed no later than nine years after first enrollment. At this point the student then completes a 12 credit hour dissertation project.

The curriculum supports the competencies for nurse educators specified by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Southern Regional Education Board Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing (SCCEN).

This unique program has the advantage of offering competitive tuition rates with no out-of-state costs. Distance learning tuition rates found at

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Doug McKnight



The Nurse Educator advocacy organization is dedicated to advancing the nurse educator profession. The goal is to empower aspiring nurse educators with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to pursue fulfilling careers in nursing education.