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Doctor of Nursing Practice

With a passion for helping others and an MSN in hand, you’re ready for the next level. A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Capella can enhance your leadership, administrative, and organizational skills to help improve patient care and outcomes.*

This CCNE-accredited** online program offers a professionally relevant curriculum that explores health care delivery, patient advocacy, health care policy development, implementation, and reform.

* 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 baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program 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

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. Learn more about the practicum experience


Start and advance through your doctoral journey with support from faculty and academic coaches.

Classes start July 8

Apply today with no application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • 9 Courses
  • 4 Doctoral project courses
  • 0 Max transfer credits
  • FlexPath available
  • CCNE accredited

With Capella Tuition Cap, you won't pay more than $32,000* in tuition costs for your degree.

*Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with a DNP degree?

This program is designed for master’s-prepared nurses who want to pursue administrative positions, nurse administrators who want to expand their leadership responsibilities, or nurse leaders who want to design and implement health care delivery programs.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Nurse manager
  • Full-time nursing faculty
  • Adjunct or part-time nursing faculty
  • Director of nursing
  • Chief nursing officer

Employment settings to explore

  • Ambulatory care office
  • Hospital
  • College or university
  • Health insurance company
  • Government—local, state, federal

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.