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RN-to-BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Take the Next Step in Nursing with an RN-to-BSN

You know that the only constant in health care is change. And a bachelor of science in nursing could prepare you to meet those changes as they arise. But you need a program that fits into your busy life – and budget. Capella University offers an online RN-to-BSN program designed to help you do what you do best – help people and improve patient care. Created by nurses for nurses, this program is affordable, flexible, and CCNE-accredited*. If you want to gain new insights into the issues that impact patient care, this program is for you.

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

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • CCNE Accredited*
  • 1-14 General Education Courses 
  • 10 Core Courses
  • 1-10 Elective Courses
  • 1 Capstone
  • 180 Total Credits (135 Max Transfer)

Classes Start February 4th

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)

With FlexPath, you can complete your RN-to-BSN program in 9 months and under $10,000.*

*Based on fastest 10 percent of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees may apply.

RN-to-BSN Program Highlights

Reduce Your Tuition

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath

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96% of Nursing alumni are satisfied with their Capella education.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2017-2018

Generous Transfer Credits

Credits from prior learning, combined with transfer credits, may be applied for up to 75% of your program requirements.


This program is CCNE-accredited, and designed by nurses for nurses.

See our accreditations »

RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option

Through shared master’s courses, you can finish your BSN and work toward your MSN at the same time.

Explore this program »

Cost & Learning Formats

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*
$3,000 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.

“With FlexPath, I never felt like I was missing out on the important moments with my family, or the experience I was gaining as a nurse. It made it possible for me to achieve my BSN and my MSN. Plus, it was extremely affordable due to the partnership between the hospital and Capella University.”

Carrie Strati*, BSN, MSN
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*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

RN-to-BSN Sample Courses

Keep up with the fast-paced changes in health care. Our online RN-to-BSN degree will help you meet your responsibilities—even as they change. You’ll study evidence-based practice, patient safety, informatics, quality improvement, and more.

Course Number Course Title
BSN4002 Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration
BSN4008 Organizational and Systems Management for Quality Outcomes
BSN4010 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations
BSN4012 Nursing Leadership and Management
BSN4017 Collaborative Group Process for Nursing Professionals

What You’ll Learn

Our online RN-to-BSN is designed to help you stay current in the ever-shifting landscape of healthcare. 

  • Comprehensive patient assessment
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Health promotion principles

  • Nursing systems and theory
  • Patient safety best practices
  • Nursing informatics and technology

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.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Enrollment Counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial Aid Counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Accredited & Recognized

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 (

Chart Your Nursing Career

A Fast Track to the BSN

Three RN-to-BSN graduates share their FlexPath stories.

The Career Advantages of a BSN

What a BSN can do for you.

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

Stay current. Collaborate. Get involved.

BSN Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with your BSN.

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 (LPN) 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.

Other Programs to Explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals. 

Ready for the Next Step?

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