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RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option

Acquire in-demand nursing skills and advance your career all while potentially saving time and money with Capella's RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option. If you're an RN and have either your associate degree in nursing or a nursing diploma, this may be your chance to greatly reduce the time it would ordinarily take to earn your BSN to MSN online.

The FlexPath option for this program is currently not approved for federal financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

*Time to complete data reflects full-time status and average transfer credit amounts.

Two Options. One Affordable RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option.

We value your nursing experience. This is why Capella provides two learning formats designed for busy, experienced nurses who want to build upon what they already know in the most efficient way.

GuidedPath: You follow our lead. We'll set the weekly coursework schedule, you meet the deadlines.

FlexPath: Self-paced. Set your own deadlines, move through courses at your own speed.

Combined bachelor's/master's options are designated bachelor's and master's degree offerings with a set of shared master's-level courses applied to the requirements for both degrees.

 

Here's How It Works - GuidedPath

To qualify for the GuidedPath RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option, you must:

  • Enroll in the RN-to-BSN bachelor's degree program
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 grade point average while completing the first 100 quarter credits of bachelor's-level coursework
  • Earn a minimum of 18 quarter credits at Capella University (first course and 12 quarter credits of core and/or specialization or minor courses)

After completing 100 quarter credits of bachelor's-level coursework, you can request enrollment in an eligible combined option, during which you must:

  • Complete 12 quarter credits of master's-level coursework
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 grade point average in each of the master's-level courses
  • Maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to remain enrolled in your chosen combined option

Once you have successfully completed the requirements and received your bachelor's degree, you can apply for the master's degree program corresponding to your chosen combined option. We encourage you to enroll in your master's coursework within one year of graduating from your bachelor's program. The 12 quarter credits of completed master's-level coursework can be applied toward your master's degree program.

 

Here's How It Works - FlexPath

To qualify for the FlexPath RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option, you must:

  • Enroll in the eligible RN-to-BSN FlexPath bachelor's degree program
  • Earn a minimum of nine program points at Capella University (first course and six program points of core and/or specialization or minor courses)

After completing 50 program points of bachelor's-level coursework, you can request enrollment in an eligible combined option, during which you must:

  • Complete six program points of master's-level coursework
  • Earn a minimum evaluation of proficient in each of the bachelor’s-level and master's-level competencies

Once you have successfully completed the requirements and received your bachelor's degree, you can apply for the master's degree program corresponding to your chosen combined option. We encourage you to enroll in your master's coursework within one year of graduating from your bachelor's program in order to ensure that master’s-level courses will apply. The six program points of completed master's-level coursework can be applied toward your master's degree program.

Courses

Learners enrolled in the online RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option will complete the following master's-level courses in lieu of BSN4006 and BSN4012:

Master's-Level Courses

12 course quarter credits for GuidedPath or 6 program points for FlexPath

NHS5004
Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Health (GuidedPath - 4 quarter credits; FlexPath - 2 program points)
NHS6004
Health Care Law and Policy (GuidedPath - 4 quarter credits; FlexPath - 2 program points)
MSN6011
Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health (GuidedPath - 4 quarter credits; FlexPath - 2 program points)

These courses are taken in addition to the general education and remaining required courses.

Admission to the RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option requires learners to have a current, unrestricted RN license.