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Build on your RN credential and take the next step in your professional journey. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-to-BSN program at Capella is designed for working nurses who want to leverage their experience and streamline their path to an accredited nursing degree. 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. Get ready to broaden your scope of practice in diverse health care environments.
*Based on fastest 25 percent of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.
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 learners only.
|6 quarter credits|
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 learners only.
|6 quarter credits|
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 learners only.
|6 quarter credits|
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 learners only.
|6 quarter credits|
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 learners only. Must be taken during the learner's final quarter. Prerequisite(s): NURS4010, NURS4020, NURS4030, NURS4040, NURS4050, completion of or concurrent registration in NURS4060. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.
|6 quarter credits|
In our nongraded, noncredit-bearing FlexPath Trial Course, you’ll explore online self-paced learning, experience the courseroom and view a sample assessment.
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 evidenced-based practices to improve health care outcomes for individuals and communities in a variety of health care delivery settings.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
The total cost of your degree will depend on your learning format, academic performance and other factors. See FlexPath and GuidedPath cost information below.
A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.
$3,200 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 68 max transfer points
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $375 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (75th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.
Connect with an enrollment counselor to further discuss the cost of the program and explore your eligibility for scholarships and discounts.
91% of BSN alumni agree that FlexPath allowed them to use their knowledge and experience to move faster through their program.*
*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019–2020
Applicants to the BS in Nursing, RN-to-BSN program must provide the following information for admission:
SAT and ACT are not required for admission.
Accelerated Master’s Pathway (AMP) admission requirements
FlexPath admission requirements
Applicants for our FlexPath self-paced learning option must also meet the following criteria:
Step Into FlexPath is an option for those who don’t qualify for FlexPath. Start a program in our GuidedPath learning format and then transition into FlexPath upon successful completion of one course, at a 2.8 GPA or higher.
International student requirements
If you live outside the U.S. or aren’t a U.S. citizen, you may be considered an international student.
To meet the requirements for Capella admission, you must:
Learn more about international student admissions.
Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-to-BSN.
Job titles to explore
Employment settings to explore
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