Capella University Reviews - Doctoral in Nursing

4.0 out of 5 stars
(33 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $14,987
84% of 33 students said this degree improved their career prospects
76% of 33 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Dr. B - 5/17/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"Outstanding program with appropriate level of rigor. Completion of degree placed me in my ideal professional career position. The faculty and staff are supportive from pre admission counseling through degree completion. Mentor provided guidance at all important junctures."
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Tina - 9/23/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"Well developed program. Very organized.started at another University with a lot of disorganization, but Capella has been fully dependable and easy to get into contact with everyone I have wanted to. The program is very manageable and provides the necessary coursework for each class."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Annonymous RN - 2/24/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"DO NOT go anywhere near this school. I earned a 3.8 GPA in my ADN program and 4.0 in my BSN program. I also have additional degrees outside of nursing. I evened earned a 4.0 throughout three years of coursework at Capella. However, I will never graduate as I was administratively withdrawn from the program. The regular courses of the program are actually quite good and challenging. The doctoral project of their program is poorly developed and the professors do not have the knowledge needed to actually teach how to do a project. The school had no problem reenrolling me each semester until I started calling academic advising looking for help to move my project along. I asked for a new professor when the professor submitted my project proposal to the school telling me it was perfect and would easily be approved only to have the school tell me to start over. The next professor was even worse than the first. She actually responded to one of my questions with "I don't understand what you mean." This, of course, leaves me to continue to figure everything out on my own. I now have a useless 4.0 GPA, membership in an academic honor society, $50,000 in debt, and no chance for a degree. PLEASE do not waste your time. Google the lawsuit information first."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kim - 8/28/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2013
"Loved every minute of it! Fantastic instructors the support and service you receive is top notch! I received my DNP form Capella and have had nothing but positive outcomes since I graduated. Everything is organized and the degree plan was set and never changed. They were nothing but upfront and honest with me and were there for anything I needed. I highly recommend Capella DNP program!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
LL - 4/13/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"Capella Stay away from this place. I spent over $60,000 to obtain PhD in nursing education. I completed all of the course work and my comps in just overt 2 years. In the second doctoral residency you select you topic and have it approved passing milestone 1 & 2. When I reached the final doctoral residency I was told the Head of the School of education had make mistake in her assessment and my work of two years was worthless, Therefore I would need to start over at the beginning. This final research project was approved by the Head of the School of Education for Capella. This implies more time and more money. I went ahead and signed up for the doctoral classroom. The instructor was not help in trying to see if I could tweak at least part of my SOE. The course is worthless. I made appoinmtments trying to see what would be acceptable and was told the road the journals. I withdrew from this classroom as there was no assistance offered. I was told there is a class-action suit currently against Capella. The search engine is full of dissatisfied and many others have been hurt in the same way as myself.. Do not sign any separation agreement or release agreement that Capella may ask you to sign. Instead join in on the class-action suit. Just Google it and you will get a number of hits relating to the class-action lawsuit and how to join in. If you would life to join I am starting a page on Facebook so please put your experiences there. Laurie L., PhD(c) Former student with 3.6 GPA"
1.0 out of 5 stars
VERY Disappointed learner - 1/22/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"Please, please DO NOT waste your time on money on this school. I have several other college degrees and have NEVER had the problems I've experienced with this school. There is NO preparation or guidance for the doctoral project and each instructor has a different idea of what it entails. My instructors kept changing too, mid-project and then I'd be with someone unfamiliar with my project. I started my project over four times and this required many extra quarters of work....but of course if they keep you in school, the school makes more money. The financial office could never get my account right either. I would NEVER, EVER recommend this school to anyone. Run, do not walk, away from this school."
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5.0 out of 5 stars
B. Reagan RN MSN Transitional care Coordinator/ADON - 8/25/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I have been going to school for 2 years now and I am currently working on my PHD in nursing education. I love on line learning. The instructors are great and willing to help you any way they can. The tuition is reasonable but love the convenience. I work Mon through Friday and Capella fits my schedule"
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Donna - 8/17/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I am currently in the DNP program/Nursing Leadership. The program has been both challenging and rewarding, and as with any doctoral program, sacrifices are to be expected while matriculated. Every resource is available to make a student successful, one needs to just reach out to the school for assistance. Doctoral candidates are paired with a mentor to guide them through the dissertation/capstone process. Yes, the work, reading, writing, revisions of work are just that - work. But it is my work, my final product, and one which to be proud."
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Morgan - 8/17/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"Capella University is a great place to earn an online degree. I am currently working on my DNP and highly recommend this program. It is rigorous and I have learned a lot already. I also like that they are updating the degree program per comments received. This strengthens the program. The courses are great, the online format is great, and so far most of my professors have been wonderful. As a Capella Ambassador, I highly recommend Capella!"
2.3 out of 5 stars
Rcaswell131313 - 5/20/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"The program itself is fine however the academic support resources are disgraceful. My experience was that the advising team and leadership were more interested in denying any error on their part and shifting blame on to the student despite multiple documented interactions. I truly expected to be treated professionally and have a very minor error (initially) corrected. Unfortunately their failure to accept responsibility and ongoing exchange has lead to almost half a quarter being wasted because I was enrolled in the wrong section on the course. I expected more."
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