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Lead Through Change in Nursing

As health care delivery evolves, we need nurses with administrative, organizational, and systems leadership skills to steer the industry in the right direction. Capella’s online DNP programs incorporate American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) guidelines for doctoral education practice to ensure the highest quality learning experience.

Whether your goal is to educate the next generation of nurses, lead in a clinical setting, or shape modern systems of health, you’ll find the right program at Capella.

A Doctor of Nursing Practice allows me to stay closer to the bedside, more involved with the work that I enjoy doing. It’s about being a better nurse, a better role model, being a better leader in my organization and being able to take the vision that I have for Air Force Nursing and the patients that we serve to the next level.

Deedra Zabokrtsky,Air Force Chief Nursing Officer and Capella DNP graduate

The Most Direct Path to Your Doctoral Degree

Reach your goals faster. Capella provides three pathways to your DNP degree:

DNP program: In just 2.25 years you can earn your DNP and prepare to manage complex health care challenges in a program that focuses on practical nursing rather than research and theory.

*Time to completion varies based on course load and transfer credit amounts.

BSN-to-DNP pathway: Build advanced leadership skills and doctoral-level knowledge—without the time and expense of earning an MSN along the way. Continuously enroll in two courses per quarter to finish in three years.

*Time to completion varies based on course load and transfer credit amounts.

DNP preparatory pathway: a three-course program intended for registered nurses with non-nursing master’s degrees. This pathway focuses on the essential skills and knowledge required to embark on a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

*Time to completion varies based on course load and transfer credit amounts.

Teach, Research, or Consult with a PhD in Nursing Education

Meet the growing need for qualified nursing faculty through a PhD in Nursing Education program that incorporates the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Education Competencies and is designed to meet the educational requirements for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential offered by the NLN.

Keep Your Costs Down

Lower your education costs with these saving opportunities:

  • 10% discount for NBNA members
  • 10%-15% military discount
  • Apply up to 500 clinical hours from your MSN program to your DNP Practice Immersion requirements

Skills You Can Use Immediately

At Capella, you’ll receive a competency-based education, meaning every assignment, course, and program is mapped to deliver the skills and knowledge required for on-the-job success. Your DNP coursework will offer insights, lessons, and practical competencies that can be immediately applied to improve patient outcomes—even before you graduate.

Practice Immersion, Mentoring, and Support

Knowledge garnered in the classroom is immediately applicable with Capella’s flexible practice immersion experience. You’ll use evidence-based methods to solve real healthcare challenges and meet your DNP requirements. As you work to complete your final project, you’ll be aligned with a mentor throughout your practice immersion experience.

The courseroom provides visibility to all milestones, providing clarity and transparency to the entire project structure and expectations. Your mentor will review goals you’ve set and help you stay on track and rich, multimedia learning tools provide support in mastering complex concepts and subject matter.

Virtual Lab Environments; Real World Results

Solve real-world health care challenges in Capella’s virtual labs, where you’ll practice your newly learned nursing knowledge within a fail-safe, simulated modern system of health environment.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board

The advisory board serves as a brain trust for leaders and key decision makers within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Composed of leading health care strategists and influencers, the board provides insight into current and emerging trends, market needs, decision-making evidence, and workforce competencies. Learn more about advisory board members here.

Accreditation Makes The Difference

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

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The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation

Capella’s online, CCNE-accredited DNP programs incorporate American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) guidelines for doctoral education practice to ensure the highest quality learning experience.

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.