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.

When does the program start?

The program starts each year in the fall semester. Students wishing to join the program in a different semester should consult with the chair for program of study options.

When do classes meet?

Classes are delivered in a fully online format. Classes require 3 synchronous meetings during the semester, all on Saturdays. Additional online work is completed between class meetings. The dissertation will be completed independently with the support of your faculty advisor.

How much time would I need to spend outside of class to be prepared for class?

On average, we recommend three hours outside of class to prepare for each hour of instruction. However, this will vary with the content of the courses(s) you are taking each semester.

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.

Can I visit a class to get a better feel for the program?

Yes. You are welcome to visit a class. To schedule a visit, please contact Dr. Barbara Jackson directly at email

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.