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Doctor of Nursing Practice

With a passion for helping others and an MSN in hand, you’re ready for the next level. A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Capella can enhance your leadership, administrative, and organizational skills to help improve patient care and outcomes.*

This CCNE-accredited** online program offers a professionally relevant curriculum that explores health care delivery, patient advocacy, health care policy development, implementation, and reform.

* The DNP is not designed to prepare advanced practice registered nurses for roles as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, or certified nurse anesthetists.
**The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Industry-inspired curriculum

This program incorporates principles from our School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board and the American Association of Colleges Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Integrated capstone & practicum

Work with inspiring mentors within an organization as part of your program; this integrated approach allows you to solve real-world challenges.


Start and advance through your doctoral journey with support from faculty and academic coaches.

Classes start May 10

Use the code SPRING to waive the $50 application fee

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 8 Core courses
  • 5 Specialized courses
  • Capstone
  • 0 max transfer credits
  • FlexPath available
  • CCNE accredited

As a leader in online education, Capella University is proud to be the first to offer a direct-assessment, competency-based DNP, when compared with the 10 largest universities conferring doctoral nursing degrees.

Source: 10 largest universities by number of doctoral degrees in nursing conferred during the 2018 academic year as reported by IPEDS.