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BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Completion specialization

RN to BSN/MSN Combined Option

Build the skills your profession demands, and save time and money, with Capella's RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option. This program is designed to provide RNs who have earned an associate degree in nursing, or nursing diploma the opportunity to earn a BSN and MSN degree in an accelerated path.

*Time to complete data reflects full-time status and average transfer credit amounts.

Here's how it works

Combined bachelor's/master's options are designated bachelor's and master's degree offerings with a set of shared master's-level courses applied to the requirements for both degrees. To qualify for a combined option, you must:

  • Enroll in an eligible RN-BSN bachelor's degree program
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 grade point average while completing the first 100 quarter credits of bachelor's-level course work
  • Earn a minimum of 18 quarter credits at Capella University (first course and 12 quarter credits of core and/or specialization or minor courses)

After completing 100 quarter credits of bachelor's-level course work, you can request enrollment in an eligible combined option, during which you must:

  • Complete 12 quarter credits of master's-level course work
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 grade point average in each of the master's-level courses
  • Maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to remain enrolled in your chosen combined option

Once you have successfully completed the requirements and received your bachelor's degree, you can apply for the master's degree program corresponding to your chosen combined option. We encourage you to enroll in your master's course work within one year of graduating from your bachelor's program. The 12 quarter credits of completed master's-level course work can be applied toward your master's degree program.


Learners enrolled in the RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option complete the following master's-level courses in lieu of BSN4004 and BSN4006:

Master's-Level Courses

12 course quarter credits

Orientation to Graduate Nursing Study* (4 quarter credits)
Principles of Advanced Nursing Practice* (4 quarter credits)
Nursing Technology and Evidence-Based Practice* (4 quarter credits)

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

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact a Capella counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.