Capella university bsn for Crna school

  1. I'm finishing up my ADN and looking to capella university for my bsn with the intention of applying to crna school. Has anyone gotten into crna school with a degree from capella? Most Crna schools want a bsn from a nationally accredited school which capella is. I chose this school because I already have another bachelor degree and I like the idea of a flexible path. Any advice is appreciated
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  3. by   Medsnacks
    Hi Bidex - my grad school track is not CRNA but I got my BSN from Capella - it was recommended to me by HR at my job and U of Oklahoma as a good BSN option before grad program because it is accredited.
  4. by   loveanesthesia
    Capella is REGIONALLY accredited-which is important. National accreditation is not acceptable. Does your transcript show credit hours and a traditional GPA?
  5. by   Medsnacks
    That's true, you'll want to check and see what the admissions wants where you intend to go to grad school - what was important for DNP for my region (Midwest) was that my BSN is from a CCNE accredited nursing school.

    Also so you can get your transcript in letter grades or 4.0 depending on what you request. That goes for Flexpath like what I did.

    "The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) ( by CCNE serves as a statement of good educational practice in the field of nursing. CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education."
  6. by   loveanesthesia
    CCNE and ACEN (and now a third one) are nursing accreditation which is required for a nursing degree. A nursing program in any state can apply for the nursing accreditation of their choice. That's what national signifies.

    The US is divided into regions (I think 5) by the regionally accreditation system. This system accredits colleges/universities rather than a specific program. A college must be accredited by the regional accreditors which includes their state-the college can't choose. Includes the range from community colleges to the Ivy League. A regionally accredited college can only accept credits/degrees from another regionally accredited institution. So if a BSN has national nursing accreditation but the college granting the degree doesn't have regionally accreditation then the BSN may not be recognized by another college if you apply to a graduate degree program.

    You want to have a traditional GPA. I've seen an applicant with an all 'A' transcript (an A was given if a passing grade was earned-basically a pass/fail system) The committee didn't know how to compare the applicant to the rest (it could have been all C work) and there were other concerns so an interview wasn't granted. It might sound appealing to have As basically guaranteed but it could hurt you in the end.
  7. by   ICUman
    Quote from loveanesthesia
    CCNE and ACEN (and now a third one) are nursing accreditation which is required for a nursing degree.
    loveanesthesia, I have looked closely at several schools admission requirements, and some specify, "A bachelors in nursing degree from a CCNE or NLN accredited program.".

    The school I am considering for my RN to BSN is ACEN accredited. Some programs just state, "A regionally accredited program" etc.

    Do you think it matters if I go to an ACEN accredited program versus CCNE when applying for anesthesia programs?
  8. by   loveanesthesia
    NLN was an old term for ACEN. So yes, ACEN is fine.