Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Healthcare Technology

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Earn a PhD in Healthcare Technology, become a leader in medical data management

The PhD in Healthcare Technology is a unique program designed to meet the constant growth of the healthcare industry. With the recent rise in patient visits, research studies, and administrative duties, there is an increase in the amount of data that needs to be managed. Innovation and support of the healthcare industry is becoming critical, and leaders in cybersecurity, analytics, and technology management are imperative to a thriving healthcare industry. With the growing demands of telehealth, data privacy, and cybersecurity, a number of healthcare tech companies are emerging and looking to serve the evolving healthcare market. As medical technologies improve and the current healthcare climate changes with the needs of the community, the demand for companies to create scalable solutions for a larger patient population is critical. Meet the growing needs of our community by joining the global workforce in this cutting-edge field.

Careers in Healthcare Technology include:

  • Bioinformatics Analyst – median base pay at $87,590 1   
  • Clinical Data Manager– median base pay at $113,116 1
  • Data scientist – median base pay at $131,000, ranked 3rd in “best jobs in America 2022” 2
  • Machine Learning Scientist - median base pay at $130,489, ranked 6th in “best jobs in America 2022” 2
  • Data engineer – median base pay at $131,673, ranked 7th in “best jobs in America 2022” 2
  • Medical Writer – median base pay at $100,000 3
  1. Healthcare Outlook’s Top 10 Data Science Jobs in Healthcare Industry
  2. Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America for 2022
  3. Indeed’s Salaries in the United States

The median salary for medical and health services professionals is $104,280, with higher earning potential seen at $195,630. 2

In the US, there is expected to be an estimated shortage of 37,800 to 124,000 physicians by 2034, including shortfalls in both primary and specialty care. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics anticipates that the demand for Nurse Practitioners will increase 52% between 2020 and 2030 and for Registered Nurses, it is expected to increase 9%.

The PhD in Healthcare Technology is for current professionals in healthcare and leadership positions responsible for administration, analytics, cyber protection, and other key facets of the healthcare information technology industry. This degree provides a path for personnel to explore new ground in this unique and rapidly evolving field. It is designed for those with a background in health and data science such as: medical doctors, dentists, nurses, or other medical practitioners. 

Students will pursue a deep proficiency in this area using interdisciplinary methods taught by industry-leader faculty. Graduates will contribute significantly to the field through the creation of new knowledge, ideas, and technology. The PhD in Healthcare Technology program is designed as a bridging degree for experts interested in the advancement, expansion, and support of the healthcare sector on a national and international level, and focuses on the wider and emerging technologies of the industry. 

Why Capitol?


Expert guidance in doctoral studies

Degree courses are taught by a faculty of industry experts who know the means to success within the field. Their extensive experience in teaching and mentoring students guarantees you’ll receive the guidance you need to successfully complete your degree and build experience in the industry.

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Proven academic excellence

Study at an award-winning, STEM university that specializes in technology education in high-demand fields. 

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Program is 100% online

Our doctoral programs are offered 100% online, with no on-campus residencies required, allowing you the flexibility needed to balance your studies and career.  


Career Opportunities

Market Demand

Market demand for healthcare technology expertise

Learn the necessary skills to take on a leadership role and become a researcher, professor, specialist, or trusted expert in the field.

Degree Details

This program may be completed with a minimum of 60 credit hours, but may require additional credit hours, depending on the time required to complete the dissertation/publication research. Students who are not prepared to defend after completion of the 60 credits will be required to enroll in RSC-899, a one-credit, eight-week continuation course. Students are required to be continuously enrolled/registered in the RSC-899 course until they successfully complete their dissertation defense/exegesis.

The completion of the Ph.D. in Healthcare Technology program requires the student to produce, present, and defend a doctoral dissertation after receiving the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the Ph.D. Review Board.
There are two options for completion of the Ph.D. in Healthcare Technology program:

The student will produce, present, and defend a doctoral dissertation after receiving the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the PhD Review Boards.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2024-2025 academic year, beginning in Fall 2024 and continuing through Summer 2025:

  • The application fee is $100
  • The per-credit charge for doctorate courses is $950. This is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
  • Retired military receive a $50 per credit hour tuition discount
  • Active duty military receive a $100 per credit hour tuition discount for doctorate level coursework.
  • Information technology fee $40 per credit hour.
  • High School and Community College full-time faculty and full-time staff receive a 20% discount on tuition for doctoral programs.

Find additional information for 2024-2025 doctorate tuition and fees.

I realized my research interests had change while working in the mental health space and on my dissertation. One of my professors, a Capitol Tech graduate, led me to see that the university aligned better with my plans and would offer more support in pursuit of my doctorate degree.

-Quatavia McLester
PhD in Healthcare Technology

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