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Expand your leadership responsibilities, shape systems of care, and educate future generations of nurses with Capella University’s online BSN-to-DNP. This pathway provides registered nurses who have a BSN the most direct path to their career goals—helping them to save time and money and directly pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), without earning an MSN along the way.

Our CCNE-accredited* program is designed for nurses who are looking to enhance their administrative, organizational, and systems leadership skills while striving toward transforming patient care**. With our interprofessional approach, you learn about, from, and with other health care professions, gaining leadership skills to partner across professions to achieve common goals.

Degree Highlights

  • Professionally Aligned: Our competency-based curriculum allows you to gain the relevant competencies that employers require. Discover specifically what you'll learn, and how you can apply the knowledge and skills to make a direct impact on the lives of your patients and staff.
  • Credible: Capella’s DNP program is accredited* by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.
  • Expert faculty: You’ll gain real-world perspectives and insights through a scholar-practitioner and competency-based model led by top faculty, renowned for both academic and industry expertise.
  • Real-World Experience: Our integrated doctoral capstone and practice immersion allow you to work with an organization to solve real-world challenges– giving you the professional experience you need to lead at the top of your field.
  • Expand Your Leadership Skills: Our virtual nursing environment gives you the chance to practice leadership scenarios in a fail-safe setting.
  • Save Time and Money: You could maximize your investment and help fund your degree through a number of money saving options including employer discounts and military benefits. Estimate your costs and graduation date.
  • Online Learning: 24-hour access to courses through Capella’s virtual courseroom.

*The DNP degree program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791

**The DNP is not a clinical degree program and is not designed to prepare advanced practice registered nurses for roles as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, or certified nurse anesthetists.

Apply your BSN directly to your DNP

Earn a DNP in as few as three years*

*Time to complete depends on the number of transfer credits and courses taken each term.

Degree Outcomes

With your Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Capella you'll have the ability to employ a science-based theoretical foundation to develop and evaluate new practices and approaches to health care delivery, lead planning and implementation of health care technologies, as well as develop, implement, and advocate for health care policy that meets the needs of specific populations. 

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

Career Outcomes*

Common careers with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice include nursing administrator, education consultant, chief nursing officer, health care director, lobbyist or legislative consultant, or nursing professor. Potential workplaces include: hospital, clinic, medical center, community health agency, community or technical college, land-based or online university, hospital-based school of nursing, government agency or self-employment.

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.