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Education & Leadership in Healthcare Online Doctorate (EdD)

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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. 

No Dissertation Required - The arduous dissertation process has been streamlined into the widely accepted scholarly practice project, where the student demonstrates effective application of the program’s theories and concepts to address an education or practice issue.

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 $95,410 per year ($45.87 per hour), with an average projected job growth of 4% (average of 5%) through 2029.

Program Perks
  • No dissertation required. Gain real-world experience through our Capstone practice project.
  • No GRE required.
  • Complete the program in 24 months with full-time participation, or 36 months with part-time study. 
  • Institutional focus provides expertise to work as leaders in academic and healthcare settings.
  • Rigorous coursework is interdisciplinary.
  • Taught by faculty members with considerable experience in their fields
  • Flexible, online format allows you to balance work, school and life.
  • Students participate in two intensive learning sessions over two days on campus during program.
  • Full- and part-time plans of study available.

Accreditation & Licensure

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

Admissions Information


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.


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

  • NMC online application form
  • 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


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.

Starting Term - Fall 2021

Standard Deadline - 6/1/2021

Starting Term - Spring 2022

Priority Deadline - 8/20/2021

Standard Deadline - 10/15/2021

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC 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 fees.

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Student Grants or Loans

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Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

External Scholarships

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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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Program Specific

EDD 700
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.

Organizational Leadership

EDD 736
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 746
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 756
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
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 694
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.

EDD 698
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 

EDD 812
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.

Healthcare Leadership

IDS 750
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.

IDS 754
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

EDD 832

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).


SSC 730
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.

IDS 742
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 

Prerequisites: Graduate statistics course

EDD 880
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
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
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
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.

Meet the Faculty
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Doctor of Education Written Statement

Please develop a thoughtful and organized response to the questions below. The admissions committee is looking for responses that are not only well supported but that also use appropriate style and grammar.

Each question response should be approximately 250-400 words using APA format and citations where applicable. Also know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant’s personal statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College’s commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies. Be sure to include your name and program on the document itself.

  1. Describe your role aspirations and what you expect to derive from your doctoral studies at Nebraska Methodist College.
  2. What impact should graduates of the EdD program have on the delivery and scope of healthcare in your community and in the United States?

Please submit your completed Admissions Essay to