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Position yourself as a leader in the field of nursing by earning a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). This online DNP program focuses on practical nursing contributions and is not research-based, allowing you to earn your degree faster. Unlike many online DNP programs, Capella's CCNE-accredited* DNP is completely online and focuses on administrative, organizational, and systems leadership competencies. It can also make you more marketable to a larger variety of nursing leadership positions.

Topics covered include: leadership and ethics, health care management, policy and advocacy, health care information systems, and health promotion and disease prevention for global populations. This program also includes a hands-on Practice Immersion and incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

With our online DNP program, you'll be prepared to solve complex health care problems, shape systems of care, educate future generations of nurses, and affect organization-level change. You'll also be ahead of the curve in answering the IOM Report's call to double the number of doctoral-educated nurses by 2020* and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) recommendation to hold the DNP as the new standard credential for all advanced practice nurses by 2015.

Have a Non-Nursing Master's Degree?

See our DNP Preparatory program to help transition to your DNP.

Whether you already have your MSN or still need your BSN, Capella can help you choose the right path to getting your DNP on a schedule that fits into your life.

To learn more about this degree program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

*The DNP degree program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791

Degree Outcomes

With your Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Capella, you'll have a science-based theoretical foundation from which to develop and evaluate new practices and approaches to health care delivery. You'll also be able to lead planning and implementation of health care technologies, as well as develop, implement, and advocate for health care policies that meet the needs of specific populations. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online Doctorate in Nursing Practice include: nursing administrator, education consultant, chief nursing officer, health care director, lobbyist or legislative consultant, and nursing professor. Potential workplaces include: hospital, clinic, medical center, community health agency, community or technical college, land-based or online university, hospital-based school of nursing, government agency, and self-employment.