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RN-to-BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences


Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN Degree Program Online | Courses - Capella University

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG1100 Writing Strategies for Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 3 quarter credits†
COM2000 Intercultural Communication 6 quarter credits†
COM2050 Visual Design in Communications 3 quarter credits
COM3200 Leadership, Gender, and Communication 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
COM4100 Media and Culture 6 quarter credits

HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits

BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2002 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2051* Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits

ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYCH2700 Child Development
PSYCH2740 Adult Development and Aging 3 quarter credits
SOC1000 Introduction to Human Society 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits
SOC3400 Social Deviance 6 quarter credits

Core Courses

42 quarter credits

NHS4000 Developing a Healthcare Perspective 6 quarter credits
NURS4010 Leading People, Processes, and Organizations in Interprofessional Practice 6 quarter credits
NURS4020 Improving Quality of Care and Patient Safety 6 quarter credits
NURS4030 Making Evidence-Based Decisions 6 quarter credits
NURS4040 Managing Health Information and Technology 6 quarter credits
NURS4050 Coordinating Patient-Centered Care 6 quarter credits
NURS4060 Practicing in the Community to Improve Population Health 6 quarter credits

Learners enrolled in the Accelerated Master’s Pathway, AMP option complete the following master’s-level courses in lieu of NURS4020 AND NURS4030.

Masters'-level Courses

12 quarter credits

MSN6011 Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health 4 quarter credits
MSN6016 Quality Improvement of Interprofessional Care 4 quarter credits
NHS6004 Health Care Law and Policy 4 quarter credits

Elective Courses

Choose 57 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

Capstone Course

Taken during the learner's final quarter:

NURS4900 Capstone Project for Nursing 6 quarter credits

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

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Washington residents are not eligible to enroll in this program.

The BSN degree program requires learners to maintain a current, independently verifiable, and unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

FlexPath Self-Paced Learning Option

If you’re highly motivated, looking to potentially save time and money, and crave the freedom and flexibility of setting your own pace, you may want to consider FlexPath, available for this program in April 2017. Rather than face weekly deadlines, you’ll work at your own pace to complete a series of assessments for each course.

There’s no limit to the number of courses you can complete per session—you’ll still pay the same flat tuition rate every 12 weeks.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN Degree Program Online | Courses - Capella University

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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