Health Professions Education - Online and Distance Education

Health Professions Education

Master's Degrees | Health Professions Education

Health Professions Education

Entrance Exam: Not Required

The online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult and Community College Education with a specialization in Health Professions Education is designed for health care professionals who plan, design and deliver instruction in health or allied health settings, who plan, design and lead patient education, continuing education or assessment and evaluation of instruction in health-related professional programs. Courses in the specialization included adult education and lifelong learning core areas such as adult learners, adult learning theory, instructional strategies, program planning and assessment and evaluation.  Additionally, there coursework  is offered related to health care delivery in the United States, issues and trends in health professions education, and continuing professional education.  The program proudly reflects NC State's land-grant, research-intensive commitment to quality instruction, research scholarship and service outreach. The M.Ed. in Adult and Community College Education program requires 36 credit hours for completion.

Other specializations within the online Adult and Community College Education master's program include Adult and Continuing Professional Education and Community College Teaching.


We accept students from a wide range of educational backgrounds. To qualify for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in any field. International applicants must also have a TOEFL score of 100 or higher. Admission decisions are based on several criteria, including undergraduate GPA, work history, and interest in the field.

Applications for admission are accepted year-round and are applicable for the first available term. Students are formally admitted only in summer session I or II or in fall semester.

Career Prospects

The healthcare industry continues to attract talented professionals, resulting in a need for instruction on the community college level. Provide continuing education instruction to professionals currently working in health care, or supply instruction on the associate degree or certificate level for aspiring health care professionals. The M.Ed. in Adult and Community College Education explores topics specific to adult learners in the healthcare field, preparing graduates for a rewarding career teaching adult learners in post-secondary or health care environments, or for work as continuing professional education, assessment and evaluation experts, or scholar-practitioners.

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