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 15 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 include a total of 60 semester hours including 15 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. A mandatory two-day, on-site orientation seminar is required before the first semester. A one-day mandatory orientation is required before the start of the second and third years in the program.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 for more information.
Of the courses described below, go here to review the Plan of Study (when each course will be offered): Plan of Study (pdf).
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 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 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.
- Immunization form
- Professional curriculum vitae.
- GRE scores.
- The minimum expected score is a composite score of 291, with at least a 150 on the verbal section AND a 141 on the quantitative section. Submitted GRE scores cannot be more than 5 years old (from the application deadline date).
Fall 2019: March 1
Admission Process Checklist
Please submit all transcripts to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
One exception: If you will never travel to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
The School of Nursing Website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.
The Application deadline for Fall 2019 is March 1, 2019.
Registration dates are TBA.
Required EdD in Nursing Ed Orientation: TBA
Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.
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.