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Doctor of Nursing Practice Preparatory Program Doctor of Nursing Practice

School of Nursing & Health Sciences


Total program credits needed for graduation: 64

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

DNP Preparatory Program Courses

16 Required Courses, 64 quarter credits

MSN6013* Principles of Advanced Nursing Practice 4 quarter credits
MSN6014* Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursin 4 quarter credits
MSN6038 Evidence-Based Practice and Technology for Nursing 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 quarter credits

All courses taken in the following sequence:

NHS8002 Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners 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
NHS8040* 21st-Century Health Care Leadership 4 quarter credits
NHS8050* Preparing for the Professional Doctorate in Nursing and Health Sciences 4 quarter credits
NHS8060* Scholarly Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences 4 quarter credits
NHS8070* Evaluation and Interpretation of Data in Health Care 4 quarter credits
NHS8700* Keystone: Determining Readiness for the Professional Doctorate 4 quarter credits

Capstone Courses

Learners must register for DNP9971 a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements.

DNP9971* Doctoral Capstone: Paper 4 quarter credits

Practice Immersion Requirements

Minimum of 1,000 supervised 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.

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

This program does not prepare graduates for licensure as an RN or APRN.

† 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.

Learners enrolled in the DNP degree program are required to maintain a current, unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

What Can I Expect?

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.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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