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Ed.D. in Nursing Education FAQs

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Who is this program designed for?

The Ed.D. in Nursing Education is a collaborative program between Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and Western Connecticut State University (WCSU). The purpose of the program is to address the workforce needs in Connecticut and nation-wide by addressing the critical need for nurse educators. Every course, assignment, video conference, residency presentation or practicum experience throughout the program is designed to prepare students for the nursing faculty role.

What are the admission requirements?

  • Graduate Application for the Ed.D. in Nursing Education program
  • Master’s degree in nursing, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate level coursework
  • Three (3) current references from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic ability, professional achievements, and potential for success in doctoral studies
  • Current RN license
  • GRE /MAT scores (requirement waived if MSN GPA is 3.4 or above)
  • Current resume/CV highlighting professional experience, scholarship, and service activities
  • Personal statement describing the following:
    • reasons for seeking admission to the Ed.D. program
    • professional goals
    • research interests
    • potential contributions to field of nursing education

Can potential students from all states apply to the program?

Yes, we can admit students from every state in the United States. Massachusetts and California are currently revising their on-line program authorizations, so check with the School of Graduate Studies, Research, & Innovation for further information if you reside in these two states.

Is this a totally online program?

The coursework is online, however students are required to attend three (three day) residencies during the program. Residencies are scheduled every year, once before the program begins, one after year one, and one after year two. Residencies occur in August before the fall semester begins. We also have evening video conferences typically scheduled once every week or every other week.

What financial aid is available to students?

The Ed.D. in Nursing Education program has been fortunate to receive funding for students through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, although these is no guarantee that funding will be available in any given year. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. There are other loan opportunities for graduate students. Check with the officce of Financial Aid at WCSU or SCSU for more information about funding opportunities.

Can students take one course per semester?

Students progress through the program in a cohort model, taking two courses every semester including courses in the summer and intercession. Most students complete the program in about three and one half years. Since we admit students every other year into the program, courses are only offered once every two years.

Is there a full time and part-time option?

The program is part-time only.

Is a dissertation required?

Yes, students complete a dissertation on topics related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Is the program accredited?

This program has been licensed by the Connecticut Board of Regents and approved by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Are there on-ground requirements?

Yes, students are required to attend three (three-day) on ground residencies. The residencies are offered once a year at either the SCSU or WCSU campus.

What are the tuition and fee costs?

Tuition and fee costs are updated every academic year. Check the Student Accounts website for updated tuition and fees.

Is it a year round program?

Yes. Students take two courses in the fall and spring semester, one course in the intercession, and usually one to two courses in the summer.

Are there practicum requirements?

Yes, students must participate in an educational practicum during the fall semester of the second year of the program. Practicum hour requirements are about eight hours/week. Practicum experiences are in schools of nursing at the BSN level and above, and are generally arranged in the state of residence of the student.


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