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3Ps Individual Courses

Get the experience you need for your nursing career

Help improve patient care and gain valuable knowledge and skills by enrolling in an individual nursing course from Capella.

Learn nursing essentials

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

All three courses are offered individually, fully online. These 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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Get started—there’s no application fee when applying for an individual course as a non-degree learner. We'll connect you with an enrollment specialist trained in your area of interest who can assist you with any questions you may have.