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Executive Program for Nurses
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Executive Program for Nurses

In the Department of Organization & Leadership

Degrees > Doctor of Education (NEXD)

Doctor of Education (NEXD)

The Faculty envisions the Executive Program for Nurses as preparing leaders for roles in healthcare organizations--both service and education. These roles are defined as those that advance and implement the practice of nursing and healthcare without themselves operating primarily in one-to-one relationships with clients. Hence, the graduates of this program will have their major impact on nursing and healthcare by influencing other interdisciplinary healthcare providers.

The basic aims of current healthcare delivery and healthcare reform mandate a nonpartisan approach to the education of nurses and all healthcare administrators and executives. Professionals who practice in today's healthcare environments and shape tomorrow's reform must be collaborative interdisciplinarians.

The successful nursing and healthcare manager or administrator is a specialist in the delivery of healthcare services, an applied field that encompasses selected areas of business administration and finance, healthcare law, nursing and hospital administration, psychology, and human relations. The nursing and healthcare administrator is a teacher, leader, facilitator, collaborator, creator, and reform artist who fits societal changes and governmental regulations into operational guidelines and structures, and then sculpts quality and profit into the services provided by a variety of clinical, educational, and technical specialists.

To be direct, the nursing and healthcare administrator is the only professional who embraces and leads every provider of health care services and every professional who works in direct and indirect healthcare services: physicians, lawyers, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, mental health professionals, psychologists, computer technologists, educational administrators, nurse practitioners, personnel managers, and so forth. Thus, the administrator must be an astute leader across professional domains, one who understands organizational dynamics, and is a leader and manager of organizational change.

Nursing leadership in scholarship, in research, and in practice is achieved by the attainment of the doctoral degree. Toward this ultimate goal, there is a developmental level of role preparation, with an exit point of achievement at the level of Master of Arts (48 points). All role preparation in the Executive Program for Nurses is based upon approaches of open inquiry, scholarly pursuit, and the ability to synthesize knowledge from diverse disciplines.

Program Objectives - Doctor of Education Degree
  • Implements a consistent intellectual approach to the study of nursing and healthcare as a learned discipline.
  • Evaluates alternative definitions and interpretations of nursing and healthcare as the bases for research and theory development.
  • Incorporates a theoretic framework into research.
  • Demonstrates skill in research design and data management.
  • Demonstrates creative leadership in the professional healthcare and nursing community.
  • Expands the body of knowledge in the area of role specialization through research and scholarly pursuit.
  • Develops new dimensions of practice in selected career role that are derived from theory and research.

In addition, students are referred to the current Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education in which competencies expected of all Ed.D. graduates are identified.

Note: This Guide should be read in conjunction with the current Teachers College Catalog.The student is responsible for meeting the requirements in both documents. If an inconsistency in student interpretation exists between this Guide and the Teachers College Catalog, policies in the Teachers College Catalog prevail.