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Education & Leadership in Healthcare Online Doctorate (EdD)

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Doctorate in Education Program Perks

  • No dissertation required. Gain real-world experience before you graduate through our Capstone practice project instead.
  • No GRE required for admission.
  • Complete the program in 24 months with full-time participation, or 36 months with part-time study. 
  • Institutional focus provides the expertise that allows graduates to work as leaders in both academic and healthcare settings.
  • The flexible online format allows you to advance your educational goals while balancing your personal and professional responsibilities.
  • Students will participate in two intensive learning sessions over the course of three days on campus during the program. Both intensives are required and will take place during the summer months.
  • Students can complete the program at their own pace, full- and part-time plans of study available.

Our Education & Leadership in Healthcare online doctorate (EdD) allows you to accelerate your career quickly while balancing your personal and professional life. 

The doctorate's focus on Education and Leadership in Healthcare allows you to develop expertise in transforming organizational culture through concepts such as relationship building, reflection, education, organizational awareness and accountability. 

Salaries for healthcare education administrators vary widely in the U.S. and are based on many factors including geography, job description, specialty and experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Postsecondary Education Administrators is $94,340 per year ($45.36 per hour), with a faster than average projected job growth of 7% (average of 5%) through 2028.

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Accreditation

Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Costs

The online doctorate program tuition cost per credit hour is $793. Attending Nebraska Methodist College represents a major investment in your future. For most students, attending college takes planning and sacrifice. NMC recognizes this and is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all Doctor of Education fees.

Financial Assistance

NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified.  Potential resources for this program include:

Student Loans

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Financial Aid
Cost Per Credit Hour $793

Admissions

Criteria

In order to be eligible for admission into our EdD program, you must meet all of the following criteria.

  • Master's degree required, preferably in a healthcare-related field, from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Master's degree GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Admissions essay rubric score.
  • Interview rubric score.
  • Meet State Authorization requirements, if not a Nebraska resident.
Deadlines

Application to the Doctor of Education program at Nebraska Methodist College is a competitive process. In order to be considered, applicants must have all application materials submitted by the posted application deadline.

Requirements

To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

  • NMC online application form
  • Application fee
  • Official college transcripts from graduating institutions and/or official transcripts containing completed doctoral or in-progress coursework
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Admissions essay
  • Select qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview with two NMC faculty members using a standardized interview process and scoring method

Starting Term

Application Deadline

  • Fall (August)
  • June 1

Curriculum

NMC’s doctorate in education online program provides students with access to faculty with years of teaching and clinical experience. Our institutional focus provides the expertise that allows graduates to work as leaders in both academic and healthcare settings. Online students will receive the same support and attention as students who attend courses on campus. 

All students are required to complete specific coursework. Please use this course list as a curriculum guide only. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.

Read our doctoral program transfer policy to learn more.

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EDD 700
PROGRAM ORIENTATION
0 credit hours
This course provides the doctoral program orientation for Nebraska Methodist College. Emphasis will be placed on program delivery modalities, resource utilization, and scholarly writing. Students must complete this course on campus (Cross-listed with NRS 700).

Prerequisites: Admission to EdD Program.

EDD 694
TEACHING, LEARNING, & INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS
3 credit hours
This course provides the foundation in educational principles for the student. Learning theories and best practices provide the basis for analyzing the concept of learning in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Teaching strategies to facilitate student learning in the classroom, clinical, practice, and online environment will be examined. Legal, ethical, and professional faculty responsibilities in higher education are explored (Cross-listed with NRS 694).

EDD 698
CURRICULUM PLANNING & EVALUATION
3 credit hours
This course focuses on curriculum planning, design, implementation, and evaluation. The concept of curriculum will be explored at the individual course level and at the program level. Best practices in education will be incorporated into curriculum design. The influence of regulatory and accrediting bodies on the curriculum will be examined (Cross-listed with NRS 698)

SSC 730
BIOSTATISTICS
3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply bio-statistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling distributions, inferences (point estimates and confidence intervals), hypotheses testing (one-sample tests, two-sample tests), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), as well as simple linear regression and multiple regression analysis. The course emphasizes the application of statistical concepts to analyze research for best available evidence to support quality nursing practice. The course also provides students with hands-on experience in using statistical software (SPSS) to assist in making effective decisions.

EDD 736
LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS
3 credit hours
This course will focus on the leadership of complex organizations and the skills and qualities leaders need to change organizations. In order to be effective, leaders must understand themselves, the organizations they head, and the complex social and political environments that they are asked to navigate on a daily basis. Students will become acquainted with the principles, concepts, and major theories of leadership; reflect upon their own leadership styles and behavioral tendencies; and apply this new learning to a variety of situations and problems simulating real challenges in real-world organizational settings.

EDD 742
RESEARCH
3 credit hours
This course provides an in-depth study of the design and conduct of healthcare research with emphasis on identifying researchable clinical, educational, and healthcare delivery problems. Analysis and interpretation of data from qualitative and quantitative research designs will be emphasized. Students will begin to investigate and develop their capstone question and complete a systematic literature review to support the capstone project (Cross-listed with NRS 742)

Prerequisites: Graduate statistics course

EDD 746
LEGAL & ETHICAL ISSUES IN ORGANIZATIONS
3 credit hours
This course examines the role of organization related legal and ethical issues; specific to academic and healthcare organizations. Policy and processes for effective business operations will be explored. Accreditation requirements will be analyzed.

EDD 750
HEALTHCARE FINANCE
3 credit hours
This course provides the basics of economic theory, market drivers and restraints, healthcare finance and reimbursement, cost/benefit analysis, and healthcare innovation. The financial environment of healthcare and how it impacts healthcare providers and leaders is examined. The relationship between healthcare economic, health policy, program development, and clinical practice is explored (Cross-listed with NRS 750, MBH 670).

EDD 754
HEALTHCARE POLICY
3 credit hours
This course provides the foundation for analyzing the social and political forces that influence healthcare policy decisions. The relationship between health policy, social justice, and practice will be explored. Students will examine current healthcare policy and factors which influence policy development. The healthcare policy making process will be investigated (Cross-listed with NRS 754, MBH 660)

EDD 756
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE & ACCOUNTABILITY
3 credit hours
This course introduces strategies for transforming organizational culture. Students will explore concepts including organizational awareness, relationship building, and issues around accountability in organizational settings. The course explores how to generate creative ideas using mindsets and practices exhibited by successful innovators. At the end of this course, students will have a good working knowledge of various models, frameworks, and theories that help explain how organizational change and reform occur.

EDD 786
ORGANIZATIONAL OUTCOMES & SUSTAINABILITY
3 credit hours
This course equips students with concepts and strategies necessary to analyze system performance, healthcare outcomes, and evaluate impact. Students will learn to make evidence-based recommendations for interventions based on the data. Students will develop skills to design a comprehensive plan for quality improvement and sustainability.

EDD 812
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE & EDUCATION
3 credit hours
This course provides students with a deep understanding of information technology in healthcare and education. Emerging technology related to health informatics, E-health, instructional technology, learning management systems, and E-learning will be explored. Students will learn to develop the skills to leverage information technology to transform organizational settings.

EDD 832
POPULATION HEALTH
3 credit hours

This course provides the theoretical foundation for role development and skills required to identify health needs at a population level and strategies to improve population outcomes. The course focus is on translational research and the application of evidence-based concepts essential to the advancement of population based health. Analysis of the impact of social, cultural, and ecological systems across various populations will be emphasized throughout the course. A portion of this course requires on-campus completion. (Cross-listed with EDD 832).

EDD 880
CAPSTONE I
1 credit hour
This is the first of a four-course series that provides an opportunity for the student to participate in the completion of a scholarly project proposal. The project will focus on a practice problem within a specific population and contribute to the advancement of practice. Students examine the elements of a proposal and identify a practice problem of interest. Students will conduct a scholarly literature review related to a practice problem and critically appraise the evidence. Students will apply a theoretical framework as a foundation for a clinical project (Cross-listed with NRS 880).

EDD 882
CAPSTONE II
3 credit hours
This is the second of a four-course series that provides an opportunity for the student to participate in the completion of a scholarly project proposal. In collaboration with a faculty mentor, the student will examine the essentials of scientific writing through completion of a capstone project proposal and program implementation planning (Cross-listed with NRS 882).

EDD 886
CAPSTONE III
3 credit hours
This is the third of a four-course series that provides an opportunity for the student to participate in the completion of a scholarly project proposal. In collaboration with a faculty mentor, the student will refine and implement the capstone proposal (Cross-listed with NRS 886).

EDD 890
CAPSTONE IV
1 credit hour
This is the last of a four-course series that provides an opportunity for the student to participate in the completion of a scholarly project proposal. This course will focus on translation and dissemination of capstone project findings (Cross-listed with NRS 890).

Meet the Faculty

Our EdD faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use. While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal and professional experiences. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.
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EdD-Doctor of Education Degree Guide

Degree Guide: EdD in Education & Leadership in Healthcare

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