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[January 23, 2014]

Capella University Streamlines Online DPA and Adds New Online Graduate Nursing Degree Options

MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--

Capella University (http://www.capella.edu), a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers, has announced a newly streamlined Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) as well as two new educational options for nurses, an MBA Accelerated option and a DNP Preparatory Program that provide new pathways to Capella's popular MBA and DNP programs.

As of Sept. 30, 2013, approximately 35,000 students were pursuing an online degree at Capella. The learning and career outcomes of Capella's students and alumni can be found at www.capellaresults.org.

Streamlined DPA allows students to complete their doctorates in as little as three years
Capella's revised DPA includes the same high-quality outcomes as its previous DPA, but streamlined into fewer courses that are focused on the skills that matter most to public administration leaders. As a result, students can complete an online DPA in as little as three years and save up to six months and more than $3,800 over the previous program. Free e-books are available for required courses, further lowering the cost of the program.

The revised program also allows students to add one of five career-focused concentrations, providing a depth of knowledge in a specialized professional area in addition to the broader public service curriculum offered within the DPA program. The concentrations include: Forensics, Health Policy and Management, Homeland Security, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Public Health.

DNP Preparatory Program provides new pathway for RNs with a non-nursing master's degree
RNs with non-nursing master's degrees now have a new pathway to earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has recommended as the new standard credential for all advanced practice nurses by 2015. Capellas DNP Preparatory Program offers three prerequisite MSN courses that cover the essential knowledge and skills of a nursing-focused master's degree. This allows RNs with non-nursing master's degrees-including MHAs, MPHs, MBAs, and more-the opportunity to transition into Capella's DNP program after successful completion of these courses.


"Fewer than 1 percent of nurses currently have a doctoral degree," said Christy Davidson, DNP, RNC-OB, Capella's director of nursing. "With Capella's new DNP Preparatory Program, more master's-prepared nurses will qualify for our online DNP and can join the exclusive group of nurses who hold a doctorate. This will increase their own career options, and also help them address the nation's shortage of nursing faculty and the industry call to double the number of doctoral-educated nurses by 2020."

MBA Accelerated option adds business skills to nursing expertise
"Capella's new MBA Accelerated option provides MSN-educated nurses the opportunity to complement their nursing knowledge with such managerial skills as accounting, marketing, operations, and leadership, and to take a more direct pathway to achieving that goal," said Dr. Davidson.

Applicants holding a previous MSN degree are recognized for their previous graduate work, as Capella applies the maximum four courses-12 quarter credits-toward the MBA program, saving nurses up to six months and more than $8,600 on the cost of the degree. The MBA Accelerated option is also available to RNs who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and want to earn both an MSN and an MBA.

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

Maryland and North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in Capella's DNP program.

For expense, completion and outcome information, visit:

Doctor of Public Administration http://bit.ly/LqAgua
MBA Accelerated option http://bit.ly/1avWWP8
MBA http://bit.ly/1dvfH8L
DNP Preparatory Program http://bit.ly/KaBAjV
Doctor of Nursing Practice http://bit.ly/1hyz2Yw

About Capella University (News - Alert)
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, 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 143 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 21 certificate programs. Approximately 35,000 learners were enrolled as of Sept. 30, 2013, 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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* 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.


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