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Learn Nursing Essentials

Get the experience you need for your career in the field of nursing. Capella’s “3P” courses are part of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing, which serve as the core curriculum for graduate nursing education*.

We offer three 10-week courses that cover the 3Ps of nursing:

  • Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurses
  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology for the Nursing Professional

These online courses cover content that’s essential to perform indirect patient care services at an advanced level; depending on your state requirements, you may also be able to use your experience to teach a nursing program.

Also, if you’re an RN but don’t already hold an MSN, the courses below can be directly transferred into certain MSN degree programs, making them a direct path to your advanced degree. Learners interested in transferring coursework should always check with their institution to verify their transfer acceptance policies.

To learn more, call 1.877.295.6791, request information, or apply now. We'll connect you with an enrollment specialist trained in your area of interest who can assist you with any questions you may have.

Individual Nursing Courses

MSN6007 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (4 quarter credits)

This course provides learners in any nursing specialization with advanced knowledge of physiology and pathophysiology, related to body systems, age, and gender. Learners evaluate and interpret changes in body functions that are indicative of illness and develop an evidence-based tri-level treatment plan for a specific age group.

MSN6009 Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Professional (4 quarter credits)

This course provides learners in any nursing specialization with best practices-based foundational knowledge of pharmacotherapies, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. Learners apply this knowledge to assess, diagnose, and manage medication-related health problems, identify or prevent drug interactions, and manage medication therapy for vulnerable populations.

MSN6035 Advanced Health Assessment for Nursing (4 quarter credits)

In this course, learners further develop the health assessment skills gained during their professional nurse's basic educational program. Throughout the course, learners expand upon their diagnostic reasoning skills in order to effectively assess individual health and wellness and to improve patient outcomes. In particular, learners use comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment across the lifespan to gather specific data relative to common health problems.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify with education institution(s) that these course(s) will fulfill transfer credit or admissions requirements into an advanced practice nursing program.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

All three courses are offered individually, fully online. Get started—there’s no application fee when applying for an individual course.

*Nursing courses are available ONLY to those holding a completed undergraduate degree.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work.