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RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option Bachelor of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Make the Move from RN to BSN and Beyond

The knowledge you have as a nurse can make a big impact on patients, families, and organizations. Discover a whole new way to expand your career with Capella’s CCNE-accredited*, online RN-to-BSN/MSN combined option. A set of shared master’s-level courses can be applied to the requirements for your bachelor’s and master’s degrees—helping to reduce the time it would ordinarily take to earn the two degrees separately. Gain insight into the issues that affect patients and influence care delivery, while using evidence-based practice to build on your knowledge and skills to continue to improve patient care.

*The BSN and MSN degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 1-14 General Education Courses
  • 10 Core Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start January 7th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Effectively Assess Patients

Conduct comprehensive health assessments on individuals, families, and communities.

Support Improved Patient Outcomes

Incorporate concepts of patient safety, informatics, and quality improvement to help improve patient outcomes.

Use Evidence-Based Practices

To manage patient care, use evidence-based practice to help improve care and patient outcomes.

Collaborate Effectively

Collaborate with other members of the health care team to help ensure quality patient outcomes. 

Apply Your Professional Skills

Understand how organizational behavior, systems (micro and macro), and nursing theory apply to your practice. 

Promote Healthier Living

Apply health promotion principles to improve individual, family, and community outcomes.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Real-Life Learning

Practice your newly learned nursing knowledge within our safe, simulated virtual health care environment called River Bend City.

Cost & Learning Formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$336 per 1000-2000 level credit $360 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,700 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 68 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Sample Courses

The curriculum for our online RN-to-BSN/MSN combined option helps you keep pace with your responsibilities—even as they change. You’ll study evidence-based practice, patient safety, informatics, quality improvement, and more.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
BSN4008 Organizational and Systems Management for Quality Outcomes
BSN4010 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations
NHS5004 Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Health Care Master's Learners
NHS6004 Health Care Policy and Law
MSN6011 Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Relevant Blog Posts

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Early in My Nursing Career

Stay current. Collaborate. Get involved. Check out these top 10 tips for nurses at the start of their career. 

Career Advantages of a BSN

Explore the advantages of earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  

FlexPath: A Fast Track to the BSN

Three graduates of the RN-to-BSN program via FlexPath share their stories.  

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online RN-to-BSN/MSN combined option.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Registered nurse
  • Clinical practice nurse
  • Home health nurse
  • Community health nurse
  • Industrial health nurse
  • Case management nurse
  • Licensed practical nurse instructor
  • School nurse

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital
  • Medical clinic
  • Assisted living facility
  • Long-term care facility
  • Nursing home
  • Home health agency
  • Public health clinic
  • School (P-12)
  • Pharmaceutical company
  • Insurance company
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Community college
  • Vocational college

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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Ready for the Next Step?

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