Experience the Capella Nursing Difference

With an online nursing degree from Capella University, you can build advanced capabilities, expand your career options, and meet the growing demand for highly skilled nursing professionals. See the difference a Capella nursing degree can make for your career.


More than 80% of current Capella students say their education has had a direct impact on their career.CULES, 2010

We Are Professionally-Aligned

Capella partners with employers and key professional organizations to build nursing programs that align with the latest industry standards and deliver skills that you can immediately apply to your career — so you can start making a bigger impact right away. Courses are also designed around real-world application to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge you need to make a lasting impact, increase the quality of care, and boost population health.

Hundreds of hospitals, clinics, care centers, and national nursing associations trust Capella to develop the most relevant curriculum year after year to help organizations increase their bachelor's-prepared RN staff to 80%, and double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020*, as called for by the Institute of Medicine.*

* Institute of Medicine. (2010). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.


Meet the growing need for health informatics professionals — and prepare to sit for the RN-BC Nursing Informatics board certification exam — with Capella’s new MSN, RN-to-MSN and Certificate options in Nursing Informatics.

Capella: An Accredited University

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Capella's BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs are accredited* by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a nationally recognized accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

*The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation

American Nurses Association Partnership

Capella is a proud partner with the American Nurses Association, giving ANA members many great benefits, including a 10% tuition discount on Capella degree programs.

In addition, ANA has chosen Capella as a partner on the ANA Leadership Institute. The following ANA Leadership Institute offerings are powered by Capella University, providing nurse leadership development in a flexible format for nurses at the bedside or in the boardroom.

View an ANA Leadership Institute™ Webinar: Values-Based Leadership: Creating a Culture of Ownership, featuring author and leadership expert Joe Tye.   

Save Time And Money With Your CNML Credential

Earn credit for the knowledge you gained for your Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) credential. Save up to 9 months and over $4,600 on your MSN. Learn More.



Vila Health™ and Riverbend City™: Capella's Exclusive Virtual Labs

On-the-Job Impact

Our online healthcare administration, public health and nursing degrees are designed to deliver skills you can apply directly to your career right now. To meet the demands of an evolving health care system and the changing needs of patients, Capella has designed virtual labs with Vila Health™ and Riverbend City™ to practice solving real health care challenges. Through these simulations, you will quickly gain the interprofessional leadership skills and competencies that can make an impact in your career.

The Right Path to Your Goals

Select your current degree to see the different options available for your nursing education. *

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* Time to completion varies based on course load and transfer credit amounts.

Meet Our Distinguished Faculty

Every member of Capella's Nursing faculty has a doctoral degree, combined with leadership experience and a background in frontline nursing.

Dr. Christy Davidson consistently challenges learners to view their experiences from multiple perspectives, encouraging reflection and critical thinking that results in professional growth. Her positive, uplifting spirit leaps from the Capella Courseroom, and I feel like she is walking right alongside me on my journey to a doctoral degree I never dreamed possible.

Nancy Trokan-Mathison Doctor of Nursing Practice

3 Ps of Nursing Available as Individual Courses

Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology are available as online, 10-week courses; covering the direct care core classes needed for nursing education and advanced practice, allowing you to keep up with the growing potential in your nursing career.

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5 Ways to Save

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    Start Now, Save up to $5,000

    New students who start an eligible nursing program between January and April 2015, pass their first course, and meet all other eligibility requirements are eligible to receive a Nursing Scholarship ($1,500 for nursing certificate programs, $3,000 for BSN program, $4,000 for MSN programs, or $5,000 for DNP programs). 

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    Transfer Credits

    Reduce the time and cost of finishing your degree by maximizing your transfer credits.

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    Employer Tuition Reimbursement

    Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to their employees — even those without a formal program. Check with your HR department or manager to see if you are eligible.

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    Employer & Association Discounts

    Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and colleges can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands.

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    ANA Leadership Institute BSN Scholarship

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has recommended that 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN by 2020. That’s why Capella is offering three full-tuition BSN scholarships, available only to current ANA members who have registered for any ANA Leadership Institute event by April 30 and start a BSN degree at Capella between June 8 and September 14, 2015. Even if you don’t win the full-tuition scholarships, you can still receive a $2,000 BSN scholarship.

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An MSN can boost your earnings dramatically: on average, those with a bachelor's degree in nursing see a 43% earnings boosts once they earn their graduate degree.
Georgetown University-Center on Education and the Workforce. Study Title: Healthcare, What's it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors.Report is based on data from the 2009 American Community Survey (ACS). (pg 123)

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Learn Online Anywhere, Anytime

At Capella, you will enjoy the flexibility of earning your degree on a schedule that fits your life. In our online course rooms, students and faculty participate in discussions at different times throughout the week. You will not attend class at a specific date and time, but you can expect to complete weekly assignments, reading, and participation requirements.