Doctor of Education (EdD) Program

Locations: Distance + in-person immersions
Formats: Online + hands-on
Program duration: The program can be completed in as few as 3 years or less based on transfer credit and prior learning experience. The average time to degree is 4 years for students who have graduated within the last 3 years*
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EdD at a Glance

  • Online coursework
  • Two required residencies and two optional immersions
  • Acceleration options
  • Sept., Jan. & May start dates
  • Dissertation

*The program can be completed in as few as 3 years or less depending on individual progress, traditional vs. accelerated pathway, credits transferred, prior learning experience, and other factors. The average time to degree is 4 years for students who have graduated within the last 3 years*


Earn Your EdD in Our Healthcare-Focused Program

USAHS’ specialized Doctor of Education degree is devoted to healthcare practitioners and educators. It brings together students across healthcare disciplines who form a diverse cohort and collaborate on interprofessional projects together. Because the doctoral program is focused on healthcare education, you can more easily customize it to your career goals.

With our online EdD program, you can help fill a critical shortage of healthcare educators as you prepare for an academic, administrative, or leadership role in a variety of healthcare industry and educational settings. Your clinical experience is invaluable to the next generation of healthcare professionals.

USAHS’ EdD program received the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Effective Practice Award in 2019, “recognizing successful efforts that help make quality online education accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, any time.”

How Our EdD Program Stands Apart

We offer specializations.

The online doctorate in education program offers specializations in Nursing Education, Athletic Training, Teaching and Learning, and Executive Leadership. You’ll study with faculty mentors who are experts in these areas of education.

We’re online + hands-on.

We’ve long been at the forefront of innovative and applied learning methods, such as case-based teaching and realistic, immersive virtual simulations. Alongside online coursework, our doctoral program in education features two required on-campus or virtual residencies. Two core courses also offer optional virtual immersions, a chance to enjoy connections with faculty and fellow students—and complete the course faster.

We offer acceleration options.

In the flexible and individualized online EdD education program, your advisors will work with you to design a customized plan of study. You can take self-paced courses that award credit according to competency assessments While USAHS does not offer Title IV for any term in which an accelerated learning course is taken with a full term “Anchor” course, other financing alternatives may be available. Please refer to the Financial Aid webpage for additional information., receive academic credit for your professional experience, and ask to transfer credits from another graduate program.

We’re interprofessional.

Our core courses and optional virtual immersions emphasize interprofessional education, enabling students from different healthcare professions to learn together and practice working in a team. You will contribute your educator’s perspective to problem-solving in collaborative scenarios.

PPOTD to EdD Bridge Program

For those who wish to teach in an occupational therapy academic program, we offer a bridge program from our Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD) program to our EdD degree. Most students may transfer 24–27 PPOTD credits to the EdD and complete the EdD faster.

Professional Certification Opportunities

The ImPACT® Trained Athletic Trainer (ITAT) certification is available for students who complete the Concussion in Sport course, part of the Athletic Trainer specialization.

EdD Grant

Tuition Savings

EdD Grant

USAHS supports your EdD journey with Special Tuition Grant savings.Over the life of the program. This offer is not a guarantee that all candidates eligible for the offer will be granted acceptance or admission into USAHS. All prospective students will be subject to the same standard admission and registration process when applying to USAHS. The Grant is applicable to tuition only and does not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees. This offer is only valid for eligible new students who enroll and start classes in the above programs at USAHS for in 2024 only. Please refer to the Financial Aid webpage for additional information.

EdD: $7,500

Available to all eligible students
No application is needed

EdD Specializations

Optional Specializations

You may choose to follow the general program, or optionally earn one of the following specializations.

Nurse Educator Specialization

If you’re an experienced nurse interested in teaching in higher education, choose our concentration in Nursing Education. This specialization includes four elective courses focused on practical theory and application within nursing education. It’s designed for experienced nursing professionals who seek to train the next generation of practitioners.

Athletic Training Specialization

Athletic trainers who are currently in higher education, or who wish to pursue a teaching role, will find it helpful to study topics uniquely challenging to educators. This specialization includes timely and relevant topics such as cultural competency, evidenced-based injury treatment and other emerging fields of interest to the AT educator.

Teaching and Learning Specialization

Through this specialization, you’ll have the chance to increase your expertise in teaching practices designed for today’s healthcare student. You can develop the skills you need to teach in a traditional or online classroom, develop curricula, and understand generational learning. Choose 12 credits from among six courses to earn the specialization.

Executive Leadership Specialization

In this specialization, you’ll prepare to lead departments and teams across academic and clinical settings. Courses focus on human resources, organizational leadership, and other subjects related to healthcare education administration. This specialization will support your current or future role as an academic department chair, a lead trainer within a health system, a human resources coordinator, and much more.


EdD Curriculum

Students in the online Doctor of Education (EdD) program take a total of 60 credits. All core courses are required (38 credits). Students complete 22 elective credits, which may include 12 credits to achieve a specialization plus 10 credits from any course in the general electives and specialization tracks.

Required CoursesCredit Hours
IPE 7001 - Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice or
IPE 7001B - Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (B)
EDF 7050 - Teaching Methods in Higher Education or
EDF 7050B - Teaching Methods in Higher Education (B)
EDF 7111 - Research Methods I3
EDF 7121 - Research Methods II3
EDF 7175 - Foundational Theories in Education or
EDF 7175B - Foundational Theories in Education (B)
EDF 7171 - Motivation Theory in Health Care Education3
EDF 7200 - Residency I2
EDF 7225 - Residency II2
EDF 7325 - Dissertation Research Preparation4
EDF 7871 - Dissertation4
EDF 7872 - Dissertation II4
EDF 7873 - Dissertation III4
Total Credit Hours

Elective Courses

Students choose 22 elective credit hours to complete the 60-credit-hour EdD program. Students may take 12 credit hours in their chosen specialization plus choose 10 credit hours from the general electives or any specialization track or choose all 22 elective credit hours from any course in the general electives and specialization tracks.

General Elective Courses

General Elective CoursesCredit Hours
COM 7130 – Healthcare Communication and Collaboration3
EDF 7181 - Technology in Higher Education3
EDF 7013 - Practical Application of Online Teaching3
EDF 7250 - Teaching InternshipVaries
EDF 7455 - Special Topics in Professional PracticeVaries
HSA 7236 - Accounting, Finance and Economics for the Healthcare Leader3
HSC 7200 - Information Literacy for Evidence-Based Practice1
IPE 7200/7200B Cultural Competence in Healthcare3

Nurse Educator Elective Courses

Students choose 12 credit hours in the specialization plus 10 credit hours from any course in the general electives and specialization tracks.

Nurse Educator Elective CoursesCredit Hours
EDF 7323 - Contemporary Issues in Nursing Education3
EDF 7320 - Leadership Development for Advancing the Future of Nursing Education3
EDF 7260 - Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professions Education3
EDF 7235 - Ethical Principles in Healthcare3
Specialization Required Credit Hours

Athletic Training Elective Courses

Students choose 12 credit hours in the specialization plus 10 credit hours from any course in the general electives and specialization tracks.

Athletic Training Elective CoursesCredit Hours
ATP 7050 - Cultural Competency3
ATP 7130 - Evidence Based Injury Prevention3
ATP 7280 - Psychosocial Strategies for Patient Care3
ATP 7100 - Advanced Topics: Ethics in Healthcare3
ATP 7255 - Concussion in Sport*3
Specialization Required Credit Hours

*Students earn the ImPACT® Trained Athletic Trainers (ITAT) certification and 3.0 continuing education units (CEUs).

Teaching & Learning Elective Courses

Students choose 12 credit hours in the specialization plus 10 credit hours from any course in the general electives and specialization tracks.

Teaching & Learning Elective CoursesCredit Hours
EDF 7161 - Program and Curricular Design for Health Science Education3
EDF 7181 - Technology in Higher Education3
EDF 7260 - Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professions Education3
EDF 7250 - Teaching Internship1-3
EDF 7455 - Special Topics in Professional Practice1-6
EDF 7013 Practical Application of Online Teaching3
Specialization Required Credit Hours

Executive Leadership Elective Courses

Students choose 12 credit hours in the specialization plus 10 credit hours from any course in the general electives and specialization tracks.

Executive Leadership Elective CoursesCredit Hours
HSA 7200/HSA 7200B - Foundations of Healthcare Administration B3
HSA 7250 - Human Resources Management & Organizational Development in Healthcare3
IPE 7133 - Strategic Planning in Healthcare Administration3
HSA 7260/HSA 7260B - Operations and Quality Management in Healthcare3
IPE 7121/IPE 7121B - Organizational Leadership and Policy in Healthcare3
Specialization Required Credit Hours

TLS-Course may be applied to the Teaching & Learning Specialization.


EdD Admission Requirements & State Authorization/Post-Graduation Licensure

USAHS is currently accepting applications for enrollment to the doctorate program from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

USAHS is not accepting applications from states where the institution does not have state authorization, nor conducting on-the-ground activities. However, prospective students are encouraged to check back in the near future as the program may be offered in additional states.  Current and admitted students are also advised to monitor this page for any updates prior to relocating to another state, as this can have an impact on continued enrollment in the program.  It remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides.

Post-Graduation Licensure

USAHS’ EdD program is not designed or intended to lead to professional licensure in any state.

The map below identifies the states from which the University is now accepting applications for the EdD program (indicated in blue).


Admissions Requirements

To ensure your success in the program, a candidate must have completed a master’s or clinical doctoral degree and have the desire to develop or advance their career in higher education for health science. To be considered for admission, a candidate must submit the following:

  • Online application for admission
  • Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended. An official transcript is one that is sent directly to the Admissions Office by the Registrar of the issuing institution or one forwarded in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.
  • References from two professional colleagues.
  • Writing assessment
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Copy of professional license, if applicable

EdD Tuition & Fees

The online Doctor of Education (EdD) program may be completed in 4 years. Total program tuition and fees for the Fall 2023 academic term is as follows.

Tuition is approximately $3,994 per trimester or $865 per credit hour for all courses not involving a separate seminar. The following costs are estimates and are subject to changes. Students whose address on record is in California at the time tuition is first charged and/or who attend the California campus will be responsible for paying a one-time Student Tuition Recovery Fund non-refundable fee, pursuant to California Code of Regulations §76120. All tuition and costs are estimates and subject to change.
Tuition and Fees
Student Expenses
Program Fees$5,500.00
Books & Associated School Expenses$923.00
Total Program Direct Expenses$58,349.00

Financial Aid

Student loans may be available to assist with funding your EdD program. USAHS has financial aid counselors who are available to explain your options.

Financial aid counselors can be reached by email, phone, or on campus. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in each time zone. If you are unable to meet during regular office hours, after-hours appointments are available by request.

Please visit our Financial Aid Contact page for more information.


EdD Advisory Board

Clinical and Research Expert – Hannah Y. Oldenburg, EdD, OTR/L

Dr. Hannah Oldenburg is a clinical and research expert in clinical education, occupational roles and outcomes in acute care, and mechanical circulatory devices. In her current role as an occupational therapist at the Mayo Clinic, she hosted a collaborative model for Level II occupational therapy students within acute care. She has also served as an adjunct professor for St. Catherine University and an occupational therapist at Recovery Health, Inc.
Dr. Oldenburg received her B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire in 2009. She went on to receive her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University in 2012. She transitioned to her clinical education role in 2016 while pursuing a Doctor of Education from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She obtained her EdD degree in 2018 with her dissertation, “Retrospective Comparison of Clinical Reasoning Among Rehabilitation Students During Experiential Learning.”

State and Foundation Grant Specialist – Delia C. Garcia, EdD

Dr. Delia C. Garcia is a former dean of the College of Education at Florida International University, where she continues to serve as associate professor in what has been renamed the School of Education and Human Development. Prior to her appointment as dean, she served as interim dean, as well as chairperson of FIU’s departments of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies.

Dr. Garcia has published in the areas of family involvement, teacher and parent efficacy, and urban teacher preparation. She has also developed curriculum guides for teacher education in the areas of home school relations, adult literacy, and English as a second language. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in research, urban education, and teacher education. She has supervised and participated in numerous doctoral dissertations. She has also taken on leadership roles within professional organizations, including serving as an elected member of the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), receiving gubernatorial appointments to Florida’s State Advisory Committee in the area of family literacy, serving as president of the Bilingual Association of Florida for six years, and chairing state and district advisory committees that focused on narrowing the achievement gap in schools and preparing adult educators in Florida.

Dr. Garcia has been a leader in the area of community engagement for the past 35 years, forging university-school partnerships that address community needs and focus on problem-solving.


EdD Program Data

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Students Residing Outside the United States

Foreign-trained candidates who do not require a student visa to participate in University courses and/or degrees can be considered for admission. Please note that many countries have their own accrediting and licensing bodies, and degree recognition and licensure differ from country to country. Additionally, a number of countries do not recognize an online EdD education degree for employment or promotion purposes, particularly government agency employment or promotion. University programs are designed to meet accreditation, licensure and other requirements in the United States. If you reside outside of the United States, it is important that you review and understand the requirements of your country of residence to confirm licensure requirements, as well as recognition of your program for employment or promotion purposes in those countries.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Education (EdD) program, graduates will be able to:

  • Establish an advanced scholarly agenda.
  • Employ interprofessional education techniques to teaching and/or leadership practices.
  • Evaluate an education or organizational leadership practice and create solutions.
  • Use effective communication skills in teaching or leading.

  • Formulate a teaching and/or leadership philosophy that reflects professionalism, integrity, and ethical standards.
  • Use a leadership development plan to guide professional growth.
  • Contribute to the analysis of scholarly works through the evaluation of evidence-based literature.


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