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DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice Preparatory Program

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Total program credits needed for graduation: 64

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.

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DNP Preparatory Program Courses: 12 Credits

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)

Upon successful completion of the three DNP Preparatory Program courses, you'll automatically be entered into our DNP program and enrolled in your first courses.

DNP Program Courses: 52 Credits

All courses taken in the following sequence:

DNP8000
Theoretical Foundations and Applications* (4 quarter credits)
DNP8002
Contemporary Issues in Advanced 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 and Ethics in Health Care* (4 quarter credits)
DNP8010
Management in Advanced Contemporary Nursing* (4 quarter credits)
DNP8012
Nursing Technology and Health Care Information Systems* (4 quarter credits)
DNP8014
Global Population Health* (4 quarter credits)

Practice Immersion Requirements

Minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate practice immersion hours.

In addition to your online courses, you will complete a hands-on Practice Immersion, which will be directed at a project focused on systems level change within your site/organization. Hours logged in the Practice Immersion will be time spent under the guidance of an approved preceptor, at your chosen site, meeting the goals and objectives you will develop in order to complete your DNP project.

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

DNP8020 *
DNP Practice Immersion (4 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

The DNP in Nursing Practice specialization requires certain conditions of enrollment that learners must maintain throughout their program, including a current, unrestricted RN license and submitting a background check (fees apply).

North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

Capella's DNP Preparatory Program is for registered nurses who have a master's degree in a field other than nursing. An MSN degree will not be conferred as part of this offering.

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.

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Your transfer credit totals have been estimated based on typical transfer totals for this program. Actual transfer credit awards may vary following official transcript evaluation.

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