NA doctorate after RA doctorate?

Discussion in 'Nursing and medical-related degrees' started by Cody Thompson, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. Cody Thompson

    Cody Thompson Member

    Let me explain:

    I have a clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy. I am a practitioner by trade who migrated into healthcare education/educational admin. I love being in education and hope to stay here. I'd like more formal training in an academic doctoral program that will "train/teach" me how to be a better educator/teacher/administrator. My DPT is from an RA institution, so for hiring purposes most schools that I'd be interested in working for (community colleges or low-level, research-light universities), the RA DPT would suffice to meet their RA faculty credential requirements. I have no interest in ever working at big name universities doing tons of research. I simply want to be a better teacher/assessor, and be able to teach the faculty I oversee how to improve at being teachers/assessors.

    My question is this: Since I have the RA Doctorate, would there be a "knock" against me for going NA on the academic doctorate? I ask solely for cost purposes (although some of the self-paced NA ones look appealing). I started with ACE in the EdD program, but really was disenchanted with it and had poor response times from the instructors, so I left. I have looked at Taft, Aspen, CalCoast, as well as Liberty, UL-Monroe. (I also looked at Cumberlands, but their courses are synchronous, which I can't do while at home with 4 little children, wife and another on the way. I need asynchronous).

    Will the NA doctorate help me appropriately? If so, what are your recommendations? It may be worth noting, also, that to teach in PT/PTA the accreditor makes no distinction of NA vs RA for faculty that teach in those programs.

  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

  3. Cody Thompson

    Cody Thompson Member

    Yeah, I've seen this one and like it. I've seen the program at Logan University also (love this one, based on curriculum), but both cost upwards of 40k. I can do the PhD in Higher Ed Admin from Liberty (with discount) for around 30-31k. But I could also do the Taft EdD for ~9500, or the CalCoast EdD for ~21k......

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