Education

Prepare to research, design, implement, and evaluate educational programs for nurses, including formal academic programs that lead to a degree or certificate and more informal continuing education programs designed to meet individual learning needs. Gain the knowledge required to lead cutting-edge education programs through coursework focusing on distance education principles and the use of multimedia technology to facilitate learning.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 81 quarter credits 
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Research courses (20 cr.)
    • Core courses (25 cr.)
    • Focus area courses (15 cr.**)
    • Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days (students will participate in four residencies during their second, fourth, sixth, and eighth terms)

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 8000 Course Foundations and Essentials of Doctoral Study in Nursing Credits (1 cr.)

Research Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Research Elective - choose one
Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 8110 Course Theoretical and Scientific Foundations for Nursing Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8210 Course Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8250 Course Advanced Theoretical and Scientific Perspectives in Nursing Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8300 Course Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 8551 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)

Focus Area Courses

Choose three (3) courses:

 

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDDD 8110 Course The Art of Online Teaching Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8021 Course Understanding the Adult Learner Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8103 Course eLearning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code EDDD 8111 Course Online Teaching Simulation Credits (5 cr.)

**Students who opt to take all four specialization courses are eligible for the Post-Master’s Certificate in Online Teaching in Higher Education.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Dissertation

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 9000 Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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