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

Learn how to apply evidence-based practice to help improve patient outcomes and strengthen your leadership qualities to influence health care systems.

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 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 (

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.

Two Learning Formats

Choose the option that fits. GuidedPath, a flexible, yet structured approach or FlexPath, a self-paced format.

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.

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.

Integrated AACN Standards

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

Choose your learning format

Our DNP program is available in GuidedPath and FlexPath. Choose the learning format that best fits the way you learn, the flexibility and support you need, and your budget.

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.