Education & Leadership

Degree Awarded:
Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership

Length of Program:
Full-time: 8 semesters Part-time: 14 semesters

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: July 1
Spring Semester: Oct. 15
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Degree Overview

The aim of the Clarkson College online Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership (Ed.D.) program is to provide experienced health care and education professionals with a broad-based, interdisciplinary education that will prepare graduates to teach, practice and perform research across the continuum of health care and higher education.

The Ed.D. program offers both part- and full-time study options and aims to help develop your ability to implement innovative approaches in a given health care or higher education environment. The curriculum lays a strong foundation in:

  • learning theories
  • curriculum and program development
  • leadership theory and practice
  • applied research

Coursework in the Ed.D. program focuses heavily on applied research and how to effectively lead in a setting of health care practice/education. Additional coursework in financial management, trends and issues in health care education, organizational behavior and change management, and the legal environment facing health care and higher education settings provide a comprehensive knowledge base applicable in variety of educational leadership settings.

At the culmination of the program, you will complete a dissertation that demonstrates your ability to translate scientific research into methods for improving health care practice through education.

As a graduate of the Ed.D. program, you will have the distinct skill set needed to assess, design, implement and evaluate an educational process or program in both the academic and practice settings.

State Authorization & Licensure Information

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) provides financial assistance to nurses enrolled in the Clarkson College Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership (Ed.D.) program or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Education program option. The NFLP aims to assist registered nurses as they complete their education to become qualified nursing faculty. Recipients are required to teach for at least four consecutive years following graduation to be eligible for loan forgiveness through NFLP.

Due to the success of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program at Clarkson College funds are very limited for new students.  The college will be applying for new funds beginning with the 2021-22 year.  New students should consult with their financial aid counselor to discuss funding options that are available. 

Learn more about the Nurse Faculty Loan Program

How we prepare
the best

  • Broad-based, interdisciplinary education prepares students for a variety of fields.
  • Option to choose an original research topic of your choice for final dissertation.
  • Coursework available in leadership, applied research, and program and course development and assessment.
  • Small class sizes and faculty dedicated to student success.
  • Courses available 100 percent online.

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2020-21 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Find out more information about costs, tuition, and fees.


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Financial Aid

Explore the various loan and grant opportunities available to help fund your education.
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Doctoral Program Courses

Cost per Credit Hour

Cost per Semester
$5,344 - Full-time (6 hrs)
$2,672 - Part-time (3 hrs)

Doctoral Program Courses$839 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $35/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $100/ each
Technology Fee: Online $35 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $90/ student

Career Overview

Median Salary

  • $99,360 Health Specialty Teachers, Postsecondary
  • $96,540 Medical and Health Service Managers

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

Job Outlook

  • 26% increase for health care educators
  • 10% increase for postsecondary education administrators
  • 15% increase for postsecondary teachers
  • 20% increase for Medical & Health Service Managers

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

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