Care Coordination
Master of Science in Nursing

MSN in Care Coordination

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

The MSN Care Coordination specialization presents theories, research, and best practices for the nurse care coordinator. The specialization curriculum emphasizes client assessment and evaluation; care planning; transitioning of care; clinical efficiency; and monitoring, reporting, and analysis techniques used to meet the needs of individuals, caregivers, and families. Throughout the specialization, learners explore the historical evolution of care coordination and its relevance in population health, emerging health care models and their relationships to care coordination, care coordination structure and process, legal and ethical considerations, the role of cultural competence in care coordination, and the role professional nursing leadership plays in achieving successful quality measurement. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to pursue director-level and leadership positions in a wide range of health care settings and organizations that specialize in care coordination nursing.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Apply care management structures based on accredited national health standards as determined through research and recognized evidence- based outcomes
  • Evaluate nursing informatics and health care informatics in the practice of care coordination and its influence on the development of healthcare policy
  • Apply professional legal and ethical standards in nursing care coordination
  • Implement principles of nursing leadership in team- based care coordination, and fostering methods to promote client-centered care and professional nursing practice
  • Apply literate, fluent and culturally competent behaviors as appropriate within diverse populations
  • Apply information technology best practices or the client and clinical team using multiple communication methodologies
  • Apply evidence-based rationale in selecting national guidelines in care coordination structures for health promotion, disease management and disease prevention
  • Integrate technology with clinical nursing practice, social determinant structures, population management, education, and community- based health

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Care Coordinator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Case Manager
  • Nursing Director/Manager/Coordinator
  • Care Manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Health insurance company
  • Ambulatory care office
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Home health care agency
  • Community or technical college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Government - local, state, federal

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 


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