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Total program credits needed for graduation: 56

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-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.

Required Courses

Fourteen required courses, 56 quarter credits

MSN6000
Orientation to Graduate Nursing Study (4 quarter credits)
MSN6007
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (4 quarter credits)
MSN6009
Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Professional (4 quarter credits)
MSN6013*
Principles of Advanced Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)
MSN6014*
Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursing (4 quarter credits)
MSN6035
Advanced Health Assessment for Nurses (4 quarter credits)
MSN6038
Evidence-Based Practice and Technology for Nursing (4 quarter credits)
MSN6025*
MSN Practice Immersion (4 quarter credits)†
MSN6020*
Nursing Capstone Project (4 quarter credits)

In addition, choose one of the following emphases:

For a Nursing Leadership and Administration and Nursing Education emphasis:

MSN6210*
Leadership and Management for Nurse Executives (4 quarter credits)
MSN6212*
Health Care Quality and Safety Management (4 quarter credits)
MSN6214*
Health Care Informatics and Technology (4 quarter credits)
MSN6103
The Nurse Educator Role (4 quarter credits)
MSN6105*
Teaching and Active Learning Strategies (4 quarter credits)

For a Nursing Education and Diabetes Nursing emphasis:

MSN6103
The Nurse Educator Role (4 quarter credits)
MSN6105*
Teaching and Active Learning Strategies (4 quarter credits)
MSN6107*
Curriculum Design, Development, and Evaluation (4 quarter credits)
MSN6310*
Diabetes Pathophysiology and Assessment (4 quarter credits)
MSN6312*
Evidence-Based Education, Planning, and Outcomes for Diabetes Care (4 quarter credits)

For a Nursing Leadership and Administration and Diabetes Nursing emphasis:

MSN6210*
Leadership and Management for Nurse Executives (4 quarter credits)
MSN6212*
Health Care Quality and Safety Management (4 quarter credits)
MSN6214*
Health Care Informatics and Technology (4 quarter credits)
MSN6310*
Diabetes Pathophysiology and Assessment (4 quarter credits)
MSN6312*
Evidence-Based Education, Planning, and Outcomes for 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.

Learners enrolled in the MSN General Nursing and RN-to-MSN General Nursing specializations are required to maintain a current, unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

This specialization does not prepare graduates for licensure as an RN or APRN.

In North Carolina, Nurse Educators must be certified by the National League for Nursing or complete nine graduate credit hours of educational content course work before they may teach in an academic setting. For more information about Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE), see the National League for Nursing's website (http://nln.org/professional-development-programs/Certification-for-Nurse-Educators).

What Can I Expect?

Most students take one to two 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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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.