The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits Capella University's online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program

October 17, 2012

The CCNE accreditation now applies to all of the online university’s BSN, MSN and DNP programs

MINNEAPOLIS, October 17, 2012 – The Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has announced that it has accredited Capella University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online degree program. All of the online nursing degree programs at Capella University ( are now CCNE-accredited, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Capella, which is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing high quality online degree programs for working adults, is one of only a few fully online universities with a CCNE-accredited DNP program. Capella's DNP program received the maximum term of five years for initial accreditaiton. A snapshot of Capella and what makes it unique is available through the university's infographic. The learning and career outcomes of Capella's students and alumni can be found at

"Because the role of nursing has become increasingly complex, there has been a growing call for nurses to advance their education. This accreditation provides those nurses with the assurance that Capella will provide them with a quality, highly respected education," said Mary Bemker, DSN, director of Capella's Nursing Department. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency. It helps to ensure the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices.

A DNP is the preferred credential for advanced practice nurses. Because a DNP focuses on practical contributions to the nursing field, it can be completed more quickly than a research-focused PhD. Unlike many DNP programs, Capella's online DNP focuses on administrative, organizational, and systems leadership competencies to prepare students for a variety of nursing leadership positions. The IOM report on the future of nursing calls for doubling the number of nurses with a doctorate to meet the complex needs of patients and to educate the next generation of nurses. All of Capella's nursing faculty have a master's in nursing, as well as a doctoral degree, combined with leadership experience and backgrounds in frontline nursing.

About Capella University
Capella University is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. About 75 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, homeland security, 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 149 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 21 certificate programs. More than 36,000 learners were enrolled as of June 30, 2012, from all 50 states and 59 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 or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),
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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.