DNP – Preparatory Program (CCNE-accredited)
Capella University

Program Details

For nurses with a non-nursing master’s degree, Capella’s online DNP preparatory pathway program* offers a three-course pathway that provides the essential skills and knowledge needed to embark on Capella's CCNE-accredited DNP program.

Upon successful completion of the DNP preparatory program, you will pursue the program requirements of the DNP program, which is designed to enhance your administrative, organizational, and systems leadership skills to help you transform patient care. You can help lead change through effective health care delivery; patient advocacy; and 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.


Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. 

Basic requirements for all programs:

  • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Acknowledgement agreement
  • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
  • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
  • Minimum GPA as defined by your program

Minimum level of education required:

  • Master's degree in nursing from an institution accredited by a U.S Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Current, unrestricted RN license to practice in the United States
  • One year of licensed RN work experience
  • Admission to the DNP requires learners to complete and submit the RN License Verification Form
  • RN license verification required.   This program is not designed to prepare graduates for entry-level or advanced practice licensure as a nurse.

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

  • Higher Learning Commission:, 800.621.7440 
  • Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Additional Information

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (