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Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Collaborate with other health care professionals in this online Doctor of Nursing Practice program as you transform practice and help improve systems outcomes.

Lead at the Highest Level of the Nursing Profession

You make a difference as a nurse every day. Are you ready to expand your role as an administrator and leader, to build your expertise into the design and implementation of health care delivery? Our online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)* program can help you advance your skills to reach the highest level in nursing.

Choose the path to earning a DNP that fits you. We’ve designed this doctoral program with three different paths—for registered nurses who have a master’s degree in nursing, for those who have a BSN degree, and for students with a master’s degree in a field other than nursing.

*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 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.

Combined Capstone & Practicum

Our integrated approach allows you to work with inspiring mentors within an organization to solve real-world challenges.

Interprofessional Education

Share courses with other health care professionals to learn about, from, and with others in the industry.

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

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.

Program specializations

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

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes.

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 (

Nursing Career Insights

Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Membership Benefits Nursing Students

The international honor society allows Capella nursing students to join a professional organization of more than 135,000 members.

How Nurses on Boards Impact Health Care

Nurses today make up a small percentage of those serving on hospital boards—here’s a look into what’s being done to increase the number.

The Value of Interprofessional Education in Health Care

What is interprofessional education, and why is it especially important in the health care field?

Other programs to explore

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Doctor of Health Administration

 Lead at the top of your field as you improve health care systems and collaborate interprofessionally to solve real-life organizational issues.


Master of Science in Nursing

Deepen your knowledge of health care systems and policies, as well as patient education and health promotion while choosing a specialization that aligns to your personal goals.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.