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Accelerated Master's Pathway, BSN/MSN Option, FlexPath Option

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing accredited* degree program (RN-to-BSN) prepares registered nurses for expanded professional nursing practice that impacts patient, systems, and population outcomes. In the program, learners develop and integrate knowledge and skills in patient-centered care, population health, interprofessional collaboration and teamwork, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and informatics. Learners who pursue this degree program through the FlexPath option earn a BSN through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

For more information see the Accelerated Master's Pathways section on the Offering Information page.

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Accelerated Master's Pathway, BSN/MSN option, FlexPath option

Learners enrolled in the Accelerated Master's Pathways, BSN/MSN option, FlexPath option complete the following master’s-level courses in lieu of
NURS-FPX4020 and NUSR-FPX4030. 

Master's-level courses

At least 6 program points

Health Care Law and Policy

In this course, learners examine the political, legal, and regulatory issues impacting health care organizations and environments. Learners analyze the effects of health care policy on health care practice and service delivery, with particular emphasis on the strategies used to monitor and maintain legal and regulatory compliance. Learners also identify and apply health care policy and law concepts that promote organizational improvement.

2 program points
Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health

Learners in this course acquire an understanding of the nature of evidence and its relative value and weight in making clinical decisions that impact patient and population outcomes. In particular, learners assess appropriate methods and analytic approaches in order to investigate, evaluate, and synthesize the best available evidence for potential solutions and innovations.  For Accelerated Master’s Pathway, BSN/MSN and MSN, FlexPath option learners only.

2 program points
Quality Improvement of Interprofessional Care

In this course, learners develop and demonstrate competence in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interprofessional quality improvement initiatives. Learners investigate models for quality improvement, with an emphasis on outcome identification and measurement. Learners also examine quality within the context of patient safety through adverse event and near-miss analyses.  For Accelerated Master’s Pathway, BSN/MSN and MSN,​ FlexPath option learners only.

2 program points


These courses are taken in addition to the general education and remaining required courses.


General Education Requirements

Choose 22.5 program points with a minimum of 2 program points from each category; see General Education Courses, FlexPath option.



Additional Program Requirements

Foundational nursing courses

At least 15 program points

Undergraduate nursing skills coursework totaling 15 program points.

Developing a Health Care Perspective

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and in the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a health care perspective and expand their academic success strategies including organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Learners also develop an understanding of ethics, information literacy, and effective writing. For BS in Health Care Administration, FlexPath option learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

3 program points
Leading People, Processes, and Organizations in Interprofessional Practice

Learners in this course gain the understanding and abilities needed to champion and lead changes in interprofessional health care practice. Learners use management theories and leadership strategies and apply interdisciplinary collaboration skills to improve systems outcomes while reducing the cost of care. For BSN, FlexPath option learners only.

3 program points
Improving Quality of Care and Patient Safety

In this course, learners build and demonstrate the skills necessary to contribute to the quality improvement of health care and patient safety. Learners analyze elements of successful quality improvements as well as factors that lead to patient safety risks. In addition, learners identify organizational interventions to promote patient safety and facilitate quality improvement processes to achieve desired patient, systems, and population outcomes. For BSN, FlexPath option learners only.

3 program points
Making Evidence-Based Decisions

Learners in this course interpret research and apply an evidence-based practice model to make informed decisions in care planning. Learners analyze the relevance and effectiveness of evidence in the processes of clinical reasoning and judgement to support interventions that result in desired patient, systems, and population outcomes.  For BSN, FlexPath option learners only.

3 program points
Managing Health Information and Technology

In this course, learners leverage technology to effectively and efficiently achieve desired patient, systems, and population outcomes. Learners develop and demonstrate generalist nursing practices needed to manage health information and patient care technologies. Learners also develop strategies to improve security of patient information.  For BSN, FlexPath option learners only.

3 program points
Coordinating Patient-Centered Care

Learners in this course apply the knowledge and skills needed to respond to the unique biopsychosocial attributes and situational context of each individual patient while recognizing the patient as full partner in all health care decision making. Learners collaborate and adapt practices to support patient-centered care and defend decisions based on the code of ethics for nursing.  For BSN, FlexPath option learners only.

3 program points
Practicing in the Community to Improve Population Health

In this course, learners analyze the community and public health milieu, with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention for culturally diverse people within a variety of community settings. Learners apply principles of community and public health, health promotion, epidemiology, social determinants of health, and social justice to achieve equity, eliminate disparities, and create environments to improve health and safety. Learners also examine leading health care indicators, health policy, and emergency preparedness.  For BSN, FlexPath option learners only.

3 program points



Elective courses



At least 28.5 program points


Choose additional FlexPath undergraduate courses to fulfill total program points.



Capstone course



At least 3 program points

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

NURS-FPX4900 *
Capstone Project for Nursing

The capstone course is the culmination of the BSN degree program and provides learners the opportunity to demonstrate the competencies they have gained during their program. Learners integrate new knowledge from the literature into practice via direct practicum hours in a patient, family, or group setting to demonstrate proficiency and create high-quality deliverables to apply in future practice. In the capstone experience, learners also further apply their knowledge of the program outcomes.  For BSN, FlexPath option learners only. Must be taken during the learner's final session. Prerequisite(s): NURS-FPX4010, NURS-FPX4020, NURS-FPX4030, NURS-FPX4040, NURS-FPX4050, completion of or concurrent registration in NURS-FPX4060. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

3 program points






At least 90 program points, including a minimum of 27 program points from the 3000/4000 level

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

* 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, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

† Learners in this degree program choose general education, foundational nursing, and elective courses from the FlexPath (-FPX) course list.

Alabama and Washington residents are not eligible to enroll in this degree program.

The BSN, FlexPath option degree program requires learners to maintain a current, independently verifiable, and unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.