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Doctor of Nursing Practice Preparatory Program
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nurses make a critical difference in patient care and outcomes.If you want to have even more impact, Capella’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) preparatory pathway program* is for you. Designed for nurses with a non-nursing master’s degree, this program offers a three-course pathway that provides the essential skills and knowledge needed before you progress into our CCNE-accredited** DNP program.

* 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 July 12

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
  • 3 Preparatory program courses

If you are an RN with an MSN, consider our DNP program, now available in the FlexPath learning format.