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DNP - BSN-to-DNP (CCNE-accredited)

Capella University's BSN to DNP program allows students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to pursue doctoral level studies without completing a master's degree. Find out more about this CCNE-accredited program here.

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Capella University

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Program Prerequisites:

The BSN to DNP program at Capella University requires applicants to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution, a registered nursing license, and one year of experience working as a registered nurse. All applicants to Capella University must have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Capella University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) program is designed for those who already have a bachelor's degree in nursing and are already practicing nurses to skip a master's program and earn this terminal degree. The program incorporates learning from other health professionals who are already working in the field. The program is designed to help graduates effectively improve health systems, including implementing and integrating new technologies. Students are required to complete a capstone project and practicum, which offer the opportunity to get further real-world experience in the field. This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

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Program Length:

68 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP):

The coursework in this BSN to DNP program includes 13 core courses and a minimum of 4 capstone courses with practicum. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (52 credits)

  • Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners
  • Management in Advanced Contemporary Nursing
  • Nursing Technology and Health Care Information Systems
  • Global Population Health
  • Principles of Advancing Nursing Practice
  • Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursing
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Technology for Nursing
  • Economics and Decision Making in Health Care
  • 21st-Century Health Care Leadership
  • Preparing for the Professional Doctorate in Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Scholarly Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Evaluation and Interpretation of Data in Health Care
  • Keystone: Determining Readiness for the Professional Doctorate Project

Capstone (4 credits each)

  • Doctoral Capstone 1-4

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The BSN to DNP program at Capella University is designed to equip graduates with the skills and experience to improve quality, to innovate health care service delivery, and to create, implement, and assess health care delivery models. Students will have the opportunity to gain leadership skills and practice how to effectively work with a diverse team of health care workers.

Possible career options for graduates include:

  • Nursing faculty
  • Nurse manager
  • Director of nursing
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Nurse educator

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