University of West Georgia School of Nursing ranked 31st in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2016).
11 semesters | 60 hours (includes 12 dissertation hours)
UWG's online EdD in Nursing Education is designed to prepare nurse educators for the 21st century. The 100% online program will enable students to earn a doctorate degree that will prepare them to train future nurses, helping address a critical shortage in the state, region and nation. This is one of only a few such programs in the nation!
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.
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The program includes a total of 60 semester hours including 12 dissertation credit hours. Through structured activities and facilitator-guided dialogue, learners will gain an understanding of the doctoral program goals, structure, and culture. Students will develop strategies for successfully engaging in doctoral learning and building an effective doctoral community. Classroom instruction will be delivered through asynchronous communication. Communication between the professor and students will be promoted within the university's course management system. Objectives: The major objectives of this doctoral program are to: Demonstrate advanced nurse educator competencies to enact increasingly complex faculty and leadership roles. Facilitate curriculum design, development of courses, and evaluation of program and learner outcomes using evidence-based strategies. Function as a change agent, innovator, and leader with the continuous pursuit of quality improvement in the nurse educator role. Advance the scholarship of nursing education. Conduct, evaluate, and synthesize theoretically guided research to further pedagogical knowledge in nursing education.
The Doctorate of Education in Nursing Education Program Website includes other vital information.
Method of Delivery
100% Online Asynchonous. A mandatory two-day, on-site orientation seminar is required before the first semester. A one-day mandatory dissertation orientation is required the semester prior to comprehensive exams (varies based on part-time or full-time track). On-site attendance for one of the students dissertation defenses is also recommended.
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 60
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (email@example.com). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.
This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
NURS-6900 - Scholarly Writing
This course will address the basic mechanics of scholarly writing, peer review, self-editing and APA format.
NURS-9001 - Current Trends and Issues in Nursing Education
Must be admitted to the EdD in Nursing Education program as a prerequisite to register for this course. The course emphasizes the development of competencies to meet the educational needs of a rapidly developing global society. Using an analytical approach, students will examine past, present and future nursing issues that directly impact individuals and society within local, national, and global perspectives.
NURS-9002 - Quantitative Research in Nursing
This course addresses quantitative research, methods, designs, and approaches to scientific inquiry in nursing education.
NURS-9003 - Principles of Qualitative Inquiry: Design and Methods
Principles of qualitative research methodology will be explored including philosophical frameworks, an introduction to qualitative methodologies, rigor, and data collection and analysis strategies
NURS-9004 - Teaching the Adult Learner
This course examines theories of pedagogy and andragogy and practical application in the adult education process. Admission to the EdD in Nursing Education program required.
NURS-9005 - Nursing Theory in Nursing Education
This course includes the opportunity for analysis and evaluation of concepts related to theory development and an exploration and analysis of middle range theories. Additionally, the course will include an examination of nursing theory and its link to the research process and best practices in nursing education. Admission to the EdD in Nursing Education program required.
NURS-9006 - Educational and Healthcare Policy Analysis
Must be admitted to the EdD in Nursing Education program as a prerequisite to register for this course. This course is an advanced study of policy and its impact on nursing education and health care. It is designed to enable nurse educators to become more knowledgeable, effective, and responsible participants within the political context of the academic and health-care settings.
NURS-9007 - Applied Statistical Methods in Nursing
This course provides the student with the opportunity to examine statistical methods for nursing and educational research. Emphasis is on the utilization and interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics.
NURS-9008 - Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Education
This course provides an overview of philosophical, ideological, and/or theoretical constructs that have influenced nursing education. Admission to the EdD in Nursing Education program required.
NURS-9009 - Curriculum: Theory and Practice
This course provides an in-depth examination of historical and contemporary discourses necessary to understand curriculum. Implementation of curriculum will be based on analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and synthesis of current data. Students will prepare goals, processes, and outcomes for curriculum and course design.
NURS-9011 - Ethics in Educational Leadership
This course is designed to provide the student the opportunity to analyze ethical theories and to apply these theories to nursing education. Ethical issues in health care, higher education, and nursing education provides the focus for the learner to explore the guiding principles of ethical decision making. Admission to the EdD in Nursing Education program required.
NURS-9012 - Nursing Education Synthesis
This course will provide a critical examination of research methodology in quality caring nursing education.
NURS-9013 - Nursing Education Leadership for Diversity for the 21st century
This course explores the application of leadership theories within a culturally diverse society in the context of a quality caring curriculum. Students are challenged to develop a global perspective and appreciation of the cultural complexity and diversity within healthcare and educational settings. Admission to the EdD in Nursing Education program required.
NURS-9014 - Methodology Development
This course will provide a critical examination of detailed knowledge of methodology as it relates to the field of research in quality caring nursing education.
NURS-9015 - Dissertation
This course is the research dissertation which demonstrates a mastery of study and contributes to the literature in nursing education. Successful proposal defense, consent of dissertation chairperson, and admission to candidacy. Prerequisites: Successful completion of comprehensive examination and all coursework.
NURS-9016 - Distance Education in Nursing
This course provides a focus on current issues and challenges for the distance education professional in nursing education through the design and evaluation of online learning environments. Admission to the EdD in Nursing Education program required.
NURS-9018 - Advanced Research Methods
This course provides an opportunity for students to build upon previous content addressed in the NURS 9002, NURS 9003, and NURS 9007 courses and focuses on the design and development of a quantitative or qualitative research study prospectus.
NURS-9019 - Comprehensive Exam
This course will assess the student’s ability to demonstrate, through scholarly writing, knowledge synthesis of doctoral coursework and readiness to begin the doctoral dissertation. The course will contain the comprehensive exam for the program and the comprehensive exam will be INDEPENDENTLY written. The comprehensive exam may be repeated only once within the course. Failure of the second comprehensive exam attempt will result in an unsatisfactory in the course and dismissal from the program.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
- Completed UWG graduate application for admission.
- Earned Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited institution.
- G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale from your graduate nursing program.
- Official transcript from each college or university attended.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s professional and academic abilities.
- Sample of academic writing limited to 5 pages (An academic paper presented in a previous graduate course that demonstrates knowledge of an area, powers of organization, command of language, and communication skills.)
- Current unencumbered RN license in the state in which the student will practice.
- Professional curriculum vitae.
This program admits only for the fall semester each year. Application deadlines can be found on the Deadlines page.
Admission Process Checklist
Please submit all transcripts to:
UWG Graduate Admissions
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
The School of Nursing Website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.
The major objectives of this doctoral program are to:
- Demonstrate advanced nurse educator competencies to enact increasingly complex faculty and leadership roles.
- Facilitate curriculum design, development of courses, and evaluation of program and learner outcomes using evidence-based strategies.
- Function as a change agent, innovator, and leader with the continuous pursuit of quality improvement in the nurse educator role.
- Advance the scholarship of nursing education.
- Conduct, evaluate, and synthesize theoretically guided research to further pedagogical knowledge in nursing education.