Capella University

Capella is an accredited online nursing university dedicated to providing higher education for adults who seek to maximize their personal and professional potential. Our RN-to- BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs equip nurses with the education to become leaders in health care. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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How can Capella University reduce the time and cost it takes for me to graduate with a degree?

Capella University nursing programs lets you transfer previous college credit to cover up to 75% of your bachelor's degree, saving you significant time and money.

Students coming to Capella can transfer credits to their program or access Capella's Credit for Prior Learning to earn credit by 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 apply CEUs toward your degree
  • Self-instruction
  • Other learning experiences


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The CCNE-accredited RN-to-BSN degree program builds on prior RN education and prepares you to pursue your professional aspirations as a nurse. The curriculum is designed to build analytical and application skills for a broader scope of practice, help students gain a better understanding of issues that influence care delivery today, and develop evidence-based practices to improve healthcare outcomes for individuals and communities in a variety of healthcare delivery settings.

Capella offers two online learning formats that are flexible, affordable and supportive. Choose from the more structured GuidedPath or FlexPath, Capellas self-paced option. This program is offered online so that you can fit it into your life.

RN to BSN, GuidedPath Option

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We will set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

RN to BSN, FlexPath Option

With FlexPath, take courses at your own speed and move on to the next one whenever you're ready. Our self-paced learning format puts you in control. Of all nurses who come to Capella for their BSN, over 90% choose our FlexPath learning format.  With FlexPath, you can complete your RN-to-BSN program in 9 months and under $10,000.  Fastest 25% of students. Cost varies by pace, transfer credits, and other factors. Fees apply.


Master of Science in Nursing

If you have already earned your BSN, you can apply what you know to advance toward the completion of your MSN. You can develop skills in key areas like patient care technology, information management and generalist nursing practices to help improve the quality of patient care and community health.


If you are an RN with an associate's degree, this online RN-to-MSN program can help streamline your path to a master's degree. Choose the Capella Accelerated Masters Pathway (AMP) option for your RN-to-BSN degree program and start taking masters-level courses, which could potentially save you up to $5,220 on your MSN at Capella.

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

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This program emphasizes effective healthcare delivery, patient advocacy, and healthcare. Program graduates are prepared to apply their knowledge and skills to meet diverse patient needs and improve healthcare delivery.* 

To earn this degree, students can choose either 26 program points in FlexPath or 52 program credits in GuidedPath. Students have to finish eight core courses, five Advanced Doctoral courses, and one capstone.

*The DNP degree program is not designed to prepare advanced practice registered nurses for roles as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, or certified nurse anesthetists.

Nursing Certificates

Help improve patient care and gain valuable knowledge and skills with an online certificate in nursing. And when you are ready to take the next step, you can apply certificate credits to the Capella MSN.

  • Care Coordination
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Post-Master's Certificate


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


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