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Expand your leadership responsibilities, shape systems of care, and educate future generations of nurses with Capella University’s online BSN-to-DNP. This pathway provides registered nurses who have a BSN the most direct path to their career goals—helping them to save time and money and directly pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), without earning an MSN along the way.

Our CCNE-accredited* program is designed for nurses who are looking to enhance their administrative, organizational, and systems leadership skills while striving toward transforming patient care**.

Degree Highlights

  • Professionally Aligned: Our competency-based curriculum allows you to gain the relevant competencies that employers require. Discover specifically what you'll learn, and how you can apply the knowledge and skills to make a direct impact on the lives of your patients and staff.
  • Credible: Capella’s DNP program is accredited* by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.
  • Expert faculty: Learners gain real-world perspectives and insights through a scholar-practitioner and competency-based model led by top faculty, renowned for both academic and industry expertise.
  • Real-World Experience: Take knowledge from your coursework and apply it with Capella’s flexible practice immersion experience.   Solve real-world health care challenges and meet your DNP requirements.
  • Save Time and Money:  Maximize your investment and help fund your degree through a number of money saving options including employer discounts and military benefits. Estimate your costs and graduation date.
  • Online Learning: Enjoy an online curriculum with 24-hour access to courses that Capella’s virtual course room provides.

*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

Apply your BSN directly to your DNP

Make progress towards a DNP in just 2.75 years

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

Degree Outcomes

With your Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Capella you'll have the ability to employ a science-based theoretical foundation to develop and evaluate new practices and approaches to health care delivery, lead planning and implementation of health care technologies, as well as develop, implement, and advocate for health care policy that meets the needs of specific populations. 

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

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, or 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 or self employment.