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Total program credits needed for graduation: 52

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.877.291.9270, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

DNP Preparatory Program:

Three Required Courses, 12 quarter credits

Preparatory Program courses:

MSN6013*
Principles of Advanced Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)
MSN6014*
Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursing (4 quarter credits)
MSN6015*
Nursing Technology and Evidence-Based Practice (4 quarter credits)

BSN-to-DNP

Seventeen Required Courses 68 quarter credits

Required courses:

MSN6000*
Orientation to Graduate Nursing Study (4 quarter credits)
MSN6013*
Principles of Advance Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)
MSN6014*
Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursing (4 quarter credits)
MSN6015*
Nursing Technology and Evidence-Based Practice (4 quarter credits)

Thirteen Required Courses, 52 quarter credits

All courses taken in the following sequence:

DNP8000*
Foundations and Applications for the DNP (4 quarter credits)
DNP8002*
Contemporary Issues in Advance Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)
DNP8004*
Investigation, Discovery, and Integration (4 quarter credits)
DNP8006*
Policy and Advocacy in Advanced Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)
DNP8008*
Executive Leadership in Ethics in Health Care (4 quarter credits)
DNP8010*
Management in Advance Contemporary Nursing (4 quarter credits)
DNP8012*
Nursing Technology and Health Care Information Systems (4 quarter credits)
DNP8014*
Global Population Health (4 quarter credits)

Learners must register for DNP8020 a minimum of five times to fulfill their program requirements

DNP8020*
DNP Practice Immersion (4 quarter credits)‡

DNP Total 52 credits

DNP Preparatory Program Total 64 quarter credits

BSN-to-DNP Total 68 quarter credits

† The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

‡ Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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To learn more, call 1.877.291.9270, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.