Ph.D. In Health Professions Education

Teach at the college level with our Ph.D. program through 100% online course delivery designed for working professionals.

Health class with professor and student

Are you interested in teaching healthcare at the college level? Our Ph.D. in Health Professions Education prepares you to teach in a variety of healthcare-related fields. Our 48-hour (10 semesters) program prepares you for success in this high-demand profession.

Why earn your Ph.D. in Health Professions Education at Bellarmine?

Our Ph.D. in Health Professions Education is a 48-hour (post master’s degree) cohort-based program with a completely online delivery format. The degree prepares students from diverse healthcare backgrounds for college and university teaching, leadership, and research careers.

Graduates of the program will fill the significant shortages of academically qualified faculty to meet regional and professional accrediting body requirements in healthcare related fields including, but not limited to, nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, speech-language pathology, medical laboratory sciences, imaging sciences, pharmacy, physician assistants, radiation therapy, dental hygiene, and health care administration.

This program is intended for working professionals with classes held virtually. Courses are offered through a blend of both synchronous and asynchronous virtual class sessions, with guided online work completed independently throughout the semester. Coursework can be completed in eight semesters (no more than two courses per semester) with the dissertation completed in semesters nine and ten.

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Program Highlights

Bellarmine’s Ph.D. in Health Professions Education curriculum prepares students to teach in both the college/university and clinical settings. The program includes student development theories, as well as pedagogical strategies for teaching in the classroom, online, clinical, and laboratory settings. In addition, the program prepares graduates to understand and employ multiple teaching-learning theories as well as evaluate program and curricular effectiveness. Coursework in both qualitative and quantitative statistics and research methods will ultimately prepare students to engage in scholarly activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How would this program benefit me in the workplace?
Bellarmine’s Ph.D. in Health Professions Education curriculum prepares students to teach in both the college/university and clinical settings.

Would I be eligible for any financial assistance?
Yes. You will want to file the FAFSA and apply for federal loans at Graduate students are eligible for loans in the amount of $20,500 per academic year (fall, spring and summer) while enrolled.

Will I be assigned a program advisor who will mentor me and guide me through my course work?
Yes. Each graduate student will have a program advisor who serves as a mentor to assist with course selection, practicum site identification and dissertation efforts.

Student Story

Gus Jacobs

“For me, the Health Professions Education program has allowed me to continue to grow as a clinician while also growing as a student and enabling me to obtain certain educational factors that will increase my ability to grow into health administration or education.”

Gus Jacobs PT, DPT
Physical Therapist, Select Rehabilitation
Adjunct Physical Therapy Faculty, Bellarmine University

Welcome from Dr. Barbara Jackson

Student Learning Outcomes

Across broadly defined and culturally contemporary concepts related to issues of inclusion, diversity, abilities and identity, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize concepts, models, and theories through the appropriate application of theoretical and empirical knowledge.
  2. Design evidence-based pedagogical strategies and methodologies with appropriate scope, sequence, and focus for learners.
  3. Demonstrate multiple approaches to assessing student learning.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of programs, curricula and instructional events.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  6. Demonstrate competence in oral and written professional communications sufficient to disseminate scholarly products.

Faculty Profiles

Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members.


Christy Kane, Ph.D., RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC 
Dr. Kane completed an Associate of Applied Science degree from Vincennes University as well as a Bachelor of Health Science degree, a Master of Education, and a PhD from the University of Louisville. She served as the Director of Clinical Education at the University of Louisville’s respiratory program for six years. In 2001, the University of Louisville’s Respiratory Therapy Department moved to Bellarmine. Dr. Kane was appointed the department chair in 2008. In addition to her role in respiratory therapy, Dr. Kane also serves as the chair of Bellarmine’s PhD in Health Professions Education Program. In 2016, American Association for Respiratory Care honored her service with a fellowship. Dr. Kane is the current president-elect of the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE), with her term beginning in 2020. Dr. Kane has numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as presentations at state, regional, and national conferences

Barbara Jackson, PhD, RN

Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Jackson serves as an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Assessment and Accreditation of the Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences. She earned her BSN at Indiana University Southeast and her Ph.D. in Nursing from University of Louisville. Dr. Jackson’s research interests include focus on vulnerable populations, including homelessness, poverty, and incarceration. She has worked with mothers who live in urban settings, mothers in prison, as well as rural and urban pediatric populations. She works with a hospital research council on topics related to patient education and staff development. Her primary teaching responsibilities have included health policy, evidence-based practice, nursing education courses, scholarship and pedagogy in nursing and other health science graduate programs and pediatrics, leadership and management and community health in the undergraduate nursing program.

Megan Danzl, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Megan Danzl, PT, DPT, Ph.D., NCS
Dr. Danzl teaches in the following courses: Introduction to Acute Care, Service Learning Clinic, and Neurological Rehabilitation for the Adult Patient. Her current scholarship interests include examining the practice of patient and caregiver education in physical therapy practice, the use of qualitative research methods in physical therapy research, and neurorehabilitation. She serves as the research and education coordinator in the Bellarmine University and Norton Healthcare neurologic physical therapy residency.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a master’s degree or professional doctorate and should have a minimum of one-year experience in an educator role and/or three years of experience in a health professions practice role. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 in all graduate coursework completed at the time of application. For a comprehensive look at the admission procedure, please visit our Admission Requirements page

Tuition and Fees

The 2020-2021 academic year tuition cost is $855 per credit hour. View all graduate program tuition rates and additional fees on our Graduate Tuition and Fees page.

Financial Assistance
Degree seeking students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting The Bellarmine School code is 001954. By completing the FAFSA, you may be eligible for student loans. Individuals working for the Archdiocese of Louisville are encouraged to contact the central office for information on the Professional Educators Incentive Program (PEIP) to see if funding is available.

Contact Information

Jordan Wiehebrink, Associate Dean of Graduate Admission
502.272.8245 or

Dr. Christy Kane, Associate Professor and Program Chair
502.272.8424 or

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