Capella RN-BSN-MSN flexpath experience?

  1. Hi everyone, I am an RN ready to pursue my BSN (and possibly MSN), and I just discovered Capella University's online flexpath program. The way it's designed seems so perfect for me and I really want to do it. I read all the previous threads about this, but I have more questions!

    If there is anyone out there who is enrolled in this program, your input would be very much appreciated, even more so if you've successfully graduated and are now using your degree!

    My main concern is the very shady things I've read online about Capella not letting people graduate at the last minute, ripping people off, pulling a "bait and switch" with programs, and overall being a total criminal scam (none of these claims were about the Nursing program, most were Psychology). Normally I'd walk away, but I'm so intrigued by the equal amount of wonderful reviews I've been reading, and I really WANT to believe that this program exists the way the school describes it. I'm just concerned (and perhaps paranoid) that maybe all the great "reviews" are somehow paid for by Capella.

    So, for the real people out there who have done it: what is the catch? do books cost more than usual to make up for the cheap flat rate tuition? do employers take a degree from this place seriously? is the program rigorous enough so that you feel prepared for the next career step? Any feedback would be so wonderful!
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  3. by   AJJKRN
    I can't speak for capella but I would definitely check out WGU - western governors university. I know they're not a scam!
  4. by   Pixie.RN
    I moved your post to the online programs forum to encourage feedback.
  5. by   laci3522

    I am currently enrolled in BSN Flexpath program, I have 3.5 classes to go until graduation!

    With Flexpath, textbooks are not mandatory. They give you all of the resources you need within the course. If I felt I could benefit from the textbook I have rented them from Amazon.

    Tuition is a flat rate and you are billed in 12 weeks increments. You can complete as much or as little as you want in that 12 weeks... it's the same set price whether you take 1 class or 4 in that timeframe.

    My employer actually has a contract with Capella where they offer a grant if you're an employee that enrolls. If it makes you feel better, I started in August just based on falling in love with Capella, and my employer didn't come in contact with Capella until January.

    I am planning on going for my MSN through flexpath after I graduate with my BSN.
  6. by   Amystockton420
    Hello. I am a flexpath RN-BSN graduate (June 30, 2017) it truly is an amazing program. !!! It is an accredited university so financial aide covers it and job prospects will acknowledge your degree. So what you do is you pay by the term rather than the course. Each term is $2500 and 12 weeks long. During that term you take as many classes as you can. Average is 3 but I took 4 first term, 6 the second term and only 2 the third term because I only had two courses left to finish the program. The most cost effective way to do flexpath is to do as many classes as you possibly can in each term. My BSN only cost me 7500. Which is nothing compared to some of those other programs.
    Another perk- absolutely no discussion boards whatsoever. All you do is write papers. Each class has 4-6 papers to write. You have three chances to correct your paper for a final grade. You do all the research yourself and the way you learn is through research. The fastest I ever finished a class was literally in 6 days. There are some papers you can write because you know all of the criteria. Other papers you write you have to research the criteria and learn it before you can write the paper.

    I have always been a competitive over-achiever. I made it my goal to finish the program in 12 months- I beat that! I completed the program in 7 months!!! I am currently taking a month off but will be enrolling in their MSN program for nursing education and hope to finish that by the middle of 2018 (and hope to make a record for myself with that too).

    If I can be of any help please feel free to contact me. I truly am a testimony of a great program and can guide you on how to complete the program successfully as well.
  7. by   passionflower
    This sounds a lot like the WGU model which seems to work well, a lot of people like it.
  8. by   robinatkins

    I've been a nurse for 32 years and work FT in outpatient oncology. I had been considering going back to school for 5 years, but my parents fell ill, then my father passed away. My mother is well now, and I've used money she gifted to me to pay for my education in my father's memory...he would have been very happy with this decision. I investigated Capella because my employer had formed a contract with the university and as such tuition discounts were available. On a whim, I called Capella and spoke with Samantha Buchholz, an enrollment counselor and advocate. The time Samantha spent with me helped me formulate a distinct vision of where I wanted to be in 10 years and how to get there. My educational goal is to obtain a Ph.D. and write for publication in the field of professional nursing development.

    I am my coming to the end of my 3rd semester in the FlexPath BSN program. At first, I was anxious and disappointed that I was not speeding right along making use of the financial savings opportunity that the FlexPath program offers. But now, I realize that the value of the program for me lies more in the ability to work at my own pace, in some degree to choose the order in which I complete the course work, and to work in solitude. (I must admit I'm not the best team player and have little tolerance for slackers). Some weeks I've very good at managing my time and get lots done. Other weeks I'm not. Being a "paper" person, I've been slow to master the online learning skills and do print a great deal of my research articles (I have three file cabinets now!). And yes, FlexPath course work is entirely research, reading and writing papers, but I'm learning SO much, and I'm having FUN! To that point, my goal is to learn well, not to save money. As a result I currently have a 4.0 GPA, but I've worked hard to achieve it. I do believe, however, if I worked part time instead of full time, I would save money in the end simply because I would have more time to devote to the course work. The University does require evidence of weekly engagement in the course work in the FlexPath programs, so your scholarly efforts are important...the school, the coaches, tutors and faculty members DO care if you're "attending" in a meaninful way.

    If you do decide to attend, be sure to take advantage of your time in the Orientation course. Follow all the suggestions, and then some. You will be so glad you did. The online course room, library and research center, and student support services are FANTASTIC! My Academic Advisor/Coach is super as well. Take the time to build your relationships with your Coach and your Tutors. It will help you stay connected. Right now, my biggest issue is with the fact that FlexPath learners are not eligible for the Dean's list nor are we eligible for Capella scholarships. I'm not clear on the reasons for either of these, but at some point will ask.

    I hope this helps you make a decision. Accreditation is paramount, so I've included information on Capella's nursing programs, which includes both GuidedPath and FlexPath. Here is the statement copied and pasted directly from the Capella University website regarding accreditation:

    CCNE Accreditation

    CCNE Accreditation Seal
    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a nationally recognized accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Accreditation by CCNE serves as a statement of good educational practice in the field of nursing. The following Capella programs are accredited by the CCNE*:
    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, CD 20036, American Association of Colleges of Nursing | CCNE Accreditation.

    And here is the statement copied and pasted directly from the Amercian Association of Colleges of Nursing website (American Association of Colleges of Nursing | Page Not Found

    CCNE Accreditation

    Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures 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. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and nurse residency programs.

    And also directly from the above website is Capella's Nursing Program accreditation information:

    Capella University

    Nursing Department
    225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
    Minneapolis, MN
    Link to Website

    Chief Nurse Administrator: Christy P. Davidson, DNP, RNC
    Title: Associate Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

    Initial Accreditation Date:
    Most Recent Accreditation Date:
    Accreditation Term Expires:
    Last On-Site Evaluation:
    Next On-Site Evaluation:
    April 4, 2011
    April 18, 2016
    December 31, 2026
    April 2016
    Spring 2026

    April 4, 2011
    April 18, 2016
    December 31, 2026
    April 2016
    Spring 2026

    Doctor of Nursing Practice
    April 11, 2012
    April 18, 2016
    December 31, 2026
    April 2016
    Spring 2026

    Best wishes and happy learning!!

    Robin B. Atkins
  9. by   lifeisgood6298
    What school did you go too to do the Flex Path?
  10. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from lifeisgood6298
    What school did you go too to do the Flex Path?
    Flex Path is offered by Capella.

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