DNP Preparatory Program (CCNE-accredited)
Capella University

Program Details

Capella’s online DNP strengthens your leadership abilities and provides you with the insight to influence innovation and change in system practices. This individual program, which is CCNE-accredited program, was created for students who do not hold an MSN. You’ll take foundational courses to transition into the DNP program, as you discover how to positively impact the quality of patient care and services. You’ll learn how to lead and manage others with positivity, as well. Courses that you may encounter as an online DNP student at Capella include:

  • 21st-Century Health Care Improvement
  • Executive Leadership in Contemporary Nursing
  • Evaluation and Interpretation of Data in Health Care

% Online

100% Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Capella University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

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

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Criminal Background Check, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • This program requires 1,000 hours of practice immersion, to be completed at an approved site of the student’s choosing.

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