Capella University Announces BSN-to-DNP Accelerated Pathway

The online university’s new pathway helps address shortage of nurses with doctoral degrees

MINNEAPOLIS--()--To help address the nationwide shortage of doctoral-prepared nurses, Capella University has announced the addition of a new BSN-to-DNP pathway. The program provides nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) an accelerated pathway to Capella’s CCNE-accredited* Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This allows BSN-prepared nurses to build advanced leadership skills and doctoral-level knowledge in nursing without the time and expense of earning an MSN along the way. Capella University (http://www.capella.edu) is a regionally accredited online university** that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers.

DNP is becoming the new educational standard for advanced practice nurses
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has recommended a DNP as the new standard credential for all advanced practice nurses by 2015, and the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report on the future of nursing has called for the number of doctoral-educated nurses to double by 2020. According to the Health Resources Services Administration, fewer than 1 percent of nurses currently have a doctoral degree. Capella’s BSN-to DNP provides an accelerated pathway to a DNP, helping to address that shortage.

“Our DNP focuses on administrative, organizational, and systems leadership competencies and is designed to help our students make immediate, practical contributions to the nursing field,” said Christy Davidson, DNP, RNC-OB, Capella’s director of nursing. “For BSN-educated nurses whose ultimate goal is a DNP, our new BSN-to-DNP pathway provide the most direct path to a DNP—without having to earn an MSN along the way. Our DNP also includes special features to make returning to school less stressful, including peer mentoring, a social media nursing group, and other elements designed to help students every step of the way.”

Capella’s BSN-to-DNP pathway includes master’s-level course work that prepares students for the DNP program and satisfies the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. Capella’s DNP is accredited* by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has recently been updated to bring its fieldwork requirements into even closer alignment with CCNE standards. Capella’s DNP curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of the Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

$5,000 Nurse Leader Grants available to eligible students
Capella is currently offering a Nurse Leader Grant opportunity of $5,000 for students who hold an RN license, enroll in the BSN-to-DNP or other doctoral nursing program at Capella, and meet other eligibility requirements. Students must apply before they begin courses and begin their program no later than Sept. 8, 2014. More information is available at http://bit.ly/CapellaNurseLeaderGrant.

Capella’s BSN-to-DNP further expands the online university’s extensive range of doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and certificate options for nurses. See Capella’s nursing pathways infographic for more information.

Enrollment now open
For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552) or email info@capella.edu.

Maryland and North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program. This program is not designed to prepare graduates for entry-level or advanced practice licensure as a nurse.

The learning and career outcomes of Capella's students and alumni can be found at www.capellaresults.org.

For expense, completion and outcome information, visit:

BSN-to-DNP (http://bit.ly/CapellaBSNDNP)
DNP (http://bit.ly/CapellaDNP)

About Capella University
Capella University (www.capella.edu) is a regionally accredited online university** that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers. Over 70 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 141 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 25 certificate programs, including six new direct assessment degree delivery programs***. Approximately 36,000 learners were enrolled as of March 31, 2014, from all 50 states and 61 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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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 University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.
Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), www.capella.edu.

***In accordance with U.S. Department of Education (ED) direct assessment approval requirements, a notification has been submitted to the ED so that the IT and Psychology FlexPath programs may be eligible for federal financial aid. These programs are currently not approved for federal financial aid. Capella University will keep applicants and learners interested in FlexPath fully informed of any decisions made by the ED.

Contacts

Capella University
Michael Walsh, 612-977-5661
michael.walsh@capella.edu

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Christy Davidson, DNP, RNC-OB, director of Capella University's Department of Nursing, discusses the new online nursing degree option, the BSN-to-DNP.

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Christy Davidson, DNP, RNC-OB, director of Capella University's Department of Nursing, discusses the new online nursing degree option, the BSN-to-DNP.

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Capella University
Michael Walsh, 612-977-5661
michael.walsh@capella.edu