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Doctoral Degree in Nursing

Be a Leader in Nursing

Shape systems, help boost patient safety, step into leadership, and advance the quality of care with Capella’s online DNP program. You’ll gain relevant, interprofessional experience to prepare you for the challenges ahead. 


Doctor of Nursing Practice

 Develop into an effective leader capable of applying evidence-based practice to help improve patient outcomes and influence health care systems with a focus on quality.

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

What's it like to be a doctoral student?

What does it take to earn a doctoral degree? Learn more about the experience, explore each step of the journey, and read stories from students who have successfully earned their doctorate.

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 (

Why Choose Capella?

Here you’ll find new ways to build organizational know-how and expand your leadership abilities. Plus, you’ll tackle real-world problems within an organization through an integrated doctoral capstone and practicum experience.

Integrated AACN Standards

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

Combined Capstone & Practicum

Our integrated approach allows you to work with inspiring mentors and 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. 

World-Class Faculty

Many members of our nursing faculty have an advanced degree and relevant practice experience.

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.

Relevant blog posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Nursing Practice Immersion: What to Expect

Are you considering a doctoral degree in nursing? Learn whether a PhD or DNP is the right program for you.

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.