Capella University School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Capella University was founded in 1993 by Stephen Shank and Dr. Harold Abel. To this day, the university continues to carry out their vision as it makes available high-quality nursing education programs.


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  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, PhD, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-DNP, Master's, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, Other
  • Location Minneapolis, MN
  • Telephone 1-855-668-9956
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"How can Capella University reduce the time and cost it takes for me to graduate with a degree?”

Capella University transfers credits from your previous degree (75% of a BSN degree).  You can also shorten the time by applying for credits like CNML, CPHIMS, or ANCC RN-BC Informatics certification.

Credits for your Previous Knowledge

Students coming to Capella are able to transfer credits into their program or access Capella’s prior learning assessment to earn credit for demonstrating relevant and college-level knowledge gained through:

  • Formal and informal work training - If you have work experience, you can use it toward your degree
  • Continuing education programs - If you are already a nurse, you can appy CEUs toward your degree
  • Self-instruction
  • Professional certifications, like the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) and Registered Nurse – Board Certified (RN-BC)
  • Other learning experiences

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Capella’s RN to BSN degree is designed to be flexible for the current working ADN nurse or diploma nurse. You can finish your BSN in as little as 18 months. This program is offered 100% online, so you can fit it into your life.

FlexPath: RN-to-BSN Option

Capella's RN-to-BSN Flexpath option offers nurses  greater freedom, more control, and the potential to save time and money.

Master of Science in Nursing

Capella University School of Nursing At Capella, you can build on your experience in one of 3 pathways to your MSN degree:

  • MSN program
  •  RN-to-BSN/MSN combination option
  • RN-to-MSN program

RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option

If you know where you want to be in the end with an advanced degree, why take longer to get there by obtaining a BSN first? If you are an RN who holds an associate’s degree or nursing diploma, you can fast track your progress and earn both your BSN and MSN when you work on them together, saving you time and money. Capella offers combined option degree programs through shared master’s-level courses applied to the requirements in both degrees. You will be awarded both degrees in the end.

RN-to-MSN Degree Program

If you are trying to save time and money, skip the BSN and reach your MSN in 2.5 years.

RN-to-MSN programs include:

  • Care coordination
  • Leadership and administration
  • Diabetes nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Informatics

Capella’s Master's Degree programs are fully accredited and offered solely online.  Program options include:

  • Care Coordination - MSN
  • Diabetes Nursing - MSN
  • Nursing Education - MSN
  • Nursing Informatics - MSN
  • Nursing Leadership and Administration - MSN
  • RN-to-MSN Care Coordination - MSN
  • RN-to-MSN Diabetes Nursing - MSN
  • RN-to-MSN Nursing Education - MSN
  • RN-to-MSN Nursing Informatics - MSN
  • RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration – MSN

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Capella offers a DNP program that ensures the highest quality learning experience. Capella offers an online DNP program that follows the guidelines of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for doctoral education practice.

The DNP program can be completed in 2.25 years and you will be prepared to manage complex health care challenges in a program that focuses on the practical applications of nursing rather than research and theory.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Options:

  1. BSN-to-DNP
  2. Post-MSN

Post-Master's in Another Field (DNP Prep Program)

This is a three-course program intended for registered nurses with non-nursing master’s degrees. This pathway focuses on the essential skills and knowledge required to embark on a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Side note: The DNP is not a clinical degree program and is not designed to prepare Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) for roles as Nurse Practitioners (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA).

Nursing Certificate 

In 9 months, nurses can become certified in their field of expertise. With a certification, you can show your knowledge in your field.

  • Care Coordination - Grad Cert
  • Diabetes Nursing - Grad Cert
  • Nursing Informatics - Grad Cert
  • Nursing Leadership - Grad Cert
  • Nursing Education - Post Masters Cert

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Education

Capella’s Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education program is aligned with the guidelines of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Education Competencies and is designed to meet the educational requirements for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential offered by the NLN.

Accreditation and Distinguished Awards

The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Awarded in 2000, Capella University became the first online academic institution to become a charter participant of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). AQIP participants commit to a program of continuous quality improvement (CQI) similar to initiatives practiced in other industries.

~ If you are searching for a high-quality Nursing program that you can attend from any location, search no more.  Capella University is here to meet you where you are and carry you to where you want to be. ~

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  1. Anonymous
    May 20, 9:26 pm by
    Overall: 4.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Addictions

    My Experience

    I was a little weary about Capella but I have had a great experience with them. I feel like I'm getting a good education. I'm on my last term. The software is user- friendly but they still need to work out some kinks. I just wish the cost wasn't so high.

    About The Staff

    The staff were supportive and answered questions promptly. They also give constructive comments on papers that made me a better writer.

  2. Anonymous
    May 1, 2:30 pm by
    Overall: 4.3 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 4 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Program: RN-to-BSN, BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Public Health

    My Experience

    Everything Is done online, you have a coach that works with you throughout the program. Courses consist of papers and power points only, no clinical, no discussions, no group projects. Each course has a tutor and professor. Most courses were four assignments (papers/power points), some were longer, the longest being six. There are opportunities to ask your tutor questions. After you submit a paper the professor grades it, if you want to improve your grade you have two more opportunities to re-submit. They outline exactly what content they want you to cover, although sometimes it was a little unclear exactly what they are asking, which is where the tutors come in.

    About The Staff

    My coach was very attentive and quick to respond to my emails, usually within an hour during work hours. The tutors were hit or miss, some responded quick, some not at all, I did bring this to the schools attention, hopefully this area will improve. The professors were clear in their remarks for the most part and graded fairly.

    Things To Know

    I finished the program in 11 months working part-time. I had the 11 nursing courses and one humanities course to complete. I worked about 8-15 hours a week on course work. I was able to finish one paper a week on average.

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