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Courses

Total program credits needed for graduation: 85

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

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5955, 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.

Field Experience Requirements

Minimum of 500 field experience hours required.

Bridge courses

32 quarter credits

MSN5000
Introduction to Nursing Concepts (4 quarter credits)
MSN5002
Health Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration for Quality Outcomes* (4 quarter credits)
MSN5004
Introduction to Nursing Research and Technology* (4 quarter credits)
MSN5006
Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulations* (4 quarter credits)
MSN5008
Organizational and Systems Leadership for Nursing Practice* (4 quarter credits)
MSN5010
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations* (4 quarter credits)
MSN5012
Nursing Leadership and Management* (4 quarter credits)
MSN5020
Nursing Bridge Integrative Project* (4 quarter credits)

Core Courses

28 quarter credits

MSN6005
Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurses (4 quarter credits)*
MSN6007
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (4 quarter credits)*
MSN6009
Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Professional (4 quarter credits)*
MSN6013
Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)*
MSN6014
Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursing (4 quarter credits)*
MSN6015
Nursing Technology and Evidence-based Practice (4 quarter credits)*
MSN6020
Nursing Capstone Project (4 quarter credits)*

Specialization Courses

25 quarter credits

MSN6510
Physical Aspects of the Aging * (4 quarter credits)
MSN6501
Gerontology Nursing Field Experience 1: Physical Aspects of the Aging+*(1 quarter credit)
MSN6512
Psychological and Psychopathological Care for the Aging* (4 quarter credits)
MSN6502
Gerontology Nursing Field Experience 2: Psychological and Psychopathological Care for the Aging +* (1 quarter credit)
MSN6514
Caring for the Aging Across the Lifespan* (4 quarter credits)
MSN6503
Gerontology Nursing Field Experience 3: Caring for the Aging Across the Lifespan +* (1 quarter credit)
MSN6516
Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Aging* (4 quarter credits)
MSN6504
Gerontology Nursing Field Experience 4: Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Aging +* (1 quarter credit)
MSN6518
Behaviors and Quality of Life of the Aging* (4 quarter credits)
MSN6505
Gerontology Nursing Field Experience 5: Behaviors and Quality of Life of the Aging +*"(1 quarter credit)

*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 RN-to-MSN Gerontology Nursing specialization requires certain conditions of enrollment that learners must maintain throughout their program, including a current, unrestricted RN license and submitting a background check (fees apply).

North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

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

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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Concentrations

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
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy and Management

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5955, 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.