New FlexPath Option: RN-to-BSN

October 2, 2015

Today we have a guest blog post from Capella University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean, F. Patrick Robinson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. 


Dean Patrick Robinson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

I’m excited to announce that the Higher Learning Commission has approved a new FlexPath option for our RN-to-BSN program. This degree pathway provides experienced registered nurses the most direct path to a BSN, thus allowing them to meet their educational and career goals in a highly efficient and affordable manner.

Capella continues to provide exceptional quality in its nursing programs, and now nurses have the option to enroll in a program that provides even more flexibility for working adults.

BSN FlexPath

The potential impact of this new FlexPath program benefits a much larger audience than just nurses. There is substantial research evidence which suggests that in hospitals with higher percentages of RNs with BSN degrees, patients are less likely to die or develop preventable complications of their illness or surgery. The evidence led the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to recommend that a minimum of 80 percent of RNs should have at least a BSN by 2020. The challenge is that only about half of the more than three million RNs in the country have earned a BSN. Cost and lack of flexibility have always been formidable barriers to educational mobility in the nursing work force.

Many experienced RNs without BSNs have achieved competency in a number of advanced areas through their practice experience and commitment to professional development. It is a struggle to return to school and spend time on learning content related to competencies that are performed on a regular basis as part of their professional role. The RN-to-BSN FlexPath option lowers or eliminates these barriers and helps progress the vision charted 50 years ago when members of the American Nurses Associations (ANA) voted that the BSN be the entry-into-practice degree for registered nursing.

We are thrilled to continue to provide outstanding quality educational offerings to nurses and we look forward to seeing how this changes the healthcare landscape. Courses are scheduled to begin in January 2016!

Learn more about the program here.

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Capella is proud to support nurses

September 18, 2015


We all know of a nurse (or several of them!) that goes above and beyond the call of duty to help his or her patients every day. Great nurses offer not only outstanding care; they impact positive change in many avenues of healthcare. As the industry continues to undergo changes and reform, the importance of nurses and the role of nurse leaders are growing rapidly.

Not only do nurses work on the front lines of health care, nurse leaders are changing the healthcare landscape. Nurse leaders are using creativity, strategic focus and a patient-centered approach to innovate and discover solutions to some of the industry’s most pressing issues. Check out some of our blog posts about what it means to be a nurse and the growing opportunities for nurse leaders.


We are proud of all our nursing learners at Capella. We have nurses who are working toward their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and they are competent, compassionate, and driven. Recently, I had a conversation with one such nurse, Sarah Hall-Shavoy, who is a current DNP learner. She received a full scholarship to pursue her doctorate and is currently the Magnet Program Director at Emory St. Joseph’s. Listen to our conversation here.

Capella University supports our learners by providing exceptional degree programs and exceptional support! Check out some podcasts with our support team. I had a fun conversation with Jenny, an academic coach on our nursing team and one with Sarah, a lead enrollment team member. Another great conversation is one that I had with Dr. Christy Davidson, Capella’s nursing faculty chair. We discussed Dr. Davidson’s own nursing journey, changes in the healthcare industry, and Capella’s DNP program. You can listen here.

I am proud of our nurses and grateful that there are so many talented and compassionate individuals in the field. We are excited to see over 8,000 of them at the ANCC Magnet Conference in October. To all of our nurses: we support you and we appreciate all that you do!


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(PODCAST) Scott Kinney sits down with Capella alum Dr. Diana Greene

September 11, 2015

We have a special podcast today. Guest host and Capella President Scott Kinney, had the opportunity to speak with impressive Capella alum, Dr. Diana Greene.

Dr. Greene

Dr. Greene

Dr. Greene, a graduate from our PhD in Education program, was recently sworn in as the Interim Superintendent of Manatee County Schools in Florida. She oversees a large, diverse district that has many students who are English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and over 60% of students that are on free and reduced lunch.

Dr. Greene and Scott have a conversation about the major issues facing K-12 education, sustainable intervention strategies and early childhood education. Dr. Greene discusses the role her dissertation research has played in shaping programs in her district and she offers some advice to Capella faculty in the School of Education.

I hope you find the podcast as interesting as I did!


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(PODCAST) Talking Experimental Sites with Capella’s Jillian Klein

September 4, 2015

Today’s podcast is my 30th episode! I invited my first guest, Capella’s Director of Public and Federal Aid Policy, Jillian Klein, back on the podcast.


Jillian and I had a great conversation. We spoke more about Jillian’s background and how she got involved with federal aid policy. We also discussed some of the projects that she’s working on, specifically, Capella’s work with the Department of Education’s Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI).

Capella is participating in a number of these experiments, including those focused on limiting over-borrowing and analyzing the use of financial aid in prior learning assessments. We also discuss initiatives within Capella’s FlexPath program, such as combining traditional courses with direct assessment courses and decoupling financial aid for living expenses and financial aid for direct costs such as tuition.

I hope you enjoy the podcast, and thanks for listening!


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(PODCAST) Talking with BSN Academic Coach, Jenny

August 31, 2015

We took a little break from podcasts due to commencement, but we are back this week with Jenny Wahl, an academic coach for our Bachelors of Science in nursing programs.

BSN Coach Jenny Wahl

BSN Coach Jenny Wahl

Like many of my podcast guests, Jenny has a very interesting career path. She studied French literature before moving to France to teach English. After returning to the United States, she began working in the hospitality industry where she was part of a coaching program. Those experiences ultimately lead her back to education but in a coaching capacity here at Capella. In our discussion, Jenny and I talk about her role at Capella and how coaching works. She gives her advice to nursing learners for how they can be successful and what to expect from Capella when starting their program. It was a fun conversation and I hope you enjoy the podcast!


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