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RN-to-BSN Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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. If you want to gain new insights into the issues that impact patient care, this program is for you.

You can also enroll with the Accelerated Master’s Pathway (AMP) option. This allows you to take master’s-level courses that apply to your BSN. Once applied and accepted to the MSN program, those master's courses can be applied toward the degree, potentially saving time and money.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • CCNE accredited*
  • 1-14 general education courses
  • 7 core courses
  • 1-13 elective courses
  • 1 capstone
  • 180 total credits (135 max transfer)

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $5K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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Classes Start February 10th

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.*

RN to BSN Online Program | Capella University

*Based on the fastest 10% 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 apply.

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

Going back to school on top of a busy nursing schedule can be daunting. Christy Davidson, Interim Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, explains how Capella’s CCNE-accredited* RN-to-BSN program, created by nurses for nurses, provides flexibility for each student while fulfilling the bachelor’s degree many organizations now require.

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

RN-to-BSN program highlights

Industry aligned

More than 600 organizations—including corporations, health care organizations, and community colleges—invest in their employees by recommending Capella education programs.


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 »

Accelerated Master's Pathway (AMP)

Take master's level courses as part of your BSN program. Once applied and accepted to Capella's MSN program, those courses may also apply toward your master's requirements. AMP may help you save time and money.

Cost & learning formats

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $375 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever 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*
$3,200 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. 

$5K toward your bachelor's

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor's degree.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

“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.”

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Carrie Strati*, BSN, MSN

*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.

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Leading People, Processes, and Organizations in Interprofessional Practice

Learners in this course gain the understanding and abilites needed to champion and lead changes in interprofessional health care practice. Learners use management theories and leadership strategies and apply interdisciplinary collaboration skills to improve systems outcomes while reducing the cost of care. For BSN learners only.

6 quarter credits
Improving Quality of Care and Patient Safety

In this course, learners build and demonstrate the skills necessary to contribute to the quality improvement of health care and patient safety. Learners analyze elements of successful quality improvements as well as factors that lead to patient safety risks. In addition, learners identify organizational interventions to promote patient safety and facilitate quality improvement processes to achieve desired patient, systems, and population outcomes. For BSN learners only.

6 quarter credits
Making Evidence-Based Decisions

Learners in this course interpret research and apply an evidence-based practice model to make informed decisions in care planning. Learners analyze the relevance and effectiveness of evidence in the processes of clinical reasoning and judgement to support interventions that result in desired patient, systems, and population outcomes.  For BSN learners only.

6 quarter credits
Managing Health Information and Technology

In this course, learners leverage technology to effectively and efficiently achieve desired patient, systems, and population outcomes. Learners develop and demonstrate generalist nursing practices needed to manage health information and patient care technologies. Learners also develop strategies to improve security of patient information.  For BSN learners only.

6 quarter credits
Practicing in the Community to Improve Population Health

In this course, learners analyze the community and public health milieu, with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention for culturally diverse people within a variety of community settings. Learners apply principles of community and public health, health promotion, epidemiology, social determinants of health, and social justice to achieve equity, eliminate disparities, and create environments to improve health and safety. Learners also examine leading health care indicators, health policy, and emergency preparedness. This course includes a clinical practicum.  For BSN learners only.

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

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

  • Lead people and processes to improve patient outcomes
  • Use the best available evidence to make clinical and operational decisions
  • Analyze the impact of health policy on quality and cost of care
  • Improve patient and systems outcomes using patient care technology
  • Collaborate interprofessionally for improved patient outcomes
  • Integrate professional standards and values into practice

Meet your nursing faculty

Our distinguished nursing faculty are industry leaders, bringing real-world relevance into the courseroom to enrich your education and career.

Laura Suzanne Carpenter, PhD, MSN

Core Faculty

Jo Ann Runewicz, PhD, MSN

Core Faculty

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

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
  • Pediatric nurse
  • Home health nurse
  • Nurse supervisor
  • Charge nurse
  • Case management nurse
  • School nurse

Related employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Insurance company
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Home health care agency
  • Ambulatory care office
  • Home health care agency
  • School (P-12)
  • Pharmaceutical company
  • Assisted living facility
  • Government - local, state, and federal

*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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