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Total program credits needed for graduation: 56

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.933.5955, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses

32 course quarter credits

Orientation to Graduate Nursing Study (4 quarter credits)
Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurses (4 quarter credits)*
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (4 quarter credits)*
Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Professional (4 quarter credits)*
Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)*
Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursing (4 quarter credits)*
Nursing Technology and Evidence-based Practice (4 quarter credits)*
MSN Practice Immersion (4 quarter credits)*‡
Nursing Capstone Project (4 quarter credits)*

Specialization Courses

20 course quarter credits

Diabetes Pathophysiology and Assessment* (4 quarter credits)
Evidence-Based Education, Planning, and Outcomes for Diabetes Care* (4 quarter credits)
Nonpharmacologic Interventions for Diabetes Care* (4 quarter credits)
Pharmacologic Interventions for Diabetes Care* (4 quarter credits)
Data Evaluation and Program Development in Diabetes Care* (4 quarter credits)

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

‡Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

The MSN Diabetes Nursing and RN-to-MSN Diabetes Nursing Specializations require certain conditions of enrollment that learners must maintain throughout their program, including a current, unrestricted RN license, submitting to an annual background check (fees apply), and providing documentation of a current CPR certification and certain immunizations Learners should consult the Master of Science in Nursing Program Handbook for details about the conditions of enrollment.

This Specialization is not designed to prepare graduates for entry-level or advanced practice licensure as a nurse.

North Carolina residents are advised that nurse educators must be National League of Nursing certified as a nurse educator or complete nine graduate credit hours of educational content coursework before they can teach.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Health Policy and Management
  • Forensics
  • Homeland Security
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Public Safety and Leadership

To learn more, call 866.933.5955, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.