Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Lead at the highest level of the nursing profession

Impact the healthcare field with the online Doctor of Nursing Practice program as you transform practice and help improve systems outcomes.

Our online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)* program can help you impact evidence-based practices and strengthen your leadership qualities to influence health care systems and improve patient outcomes.

*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.

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Program specializations

Learn more about admissions requirements, costs, and courses for your specialization.

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Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

25 years of online doctoral experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

The Capella difference

Lead and shape the future of health care.

Integrated AACN standards

Our curriculum incorporates the American Association of Colleges Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Integrated Doctoral Project & Practicum

Throughout your degree program, you’ll participate in a practicum, learning from and working alongside faculty solving real-world challenges for their organizations.

Relevant partnerships

More than 800 organizations – including corporations, health care organizations and community colleges – invest in their employees by partnering with Capella University to offer access to tuition savings and other educational benefits.

Expert Advisory Board

Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board ensures your curriculum is developed with the insight and support of industry leaders.

25 years of online doctoral experience

We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way. Learn more »

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The Value of Interprofessional Education in Health Care

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