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Diabetes Nursing Specialization Master of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Serve as a Change Agent & Advocate for Patients

Help educate your patients to manage diabetes and its related conditions and live their fullest life. Capella’s online Master of Science in Nursing, Diabetes Nursing degree can prepare you to coach, consult, and educate individuals, groups, and communities with diabetes. In this program, you’ll collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to develop and implement education plans and outcomes-based care strategies. You’ll also advance your knowledge and skills needed to conduct physical and psychosocial assessments to prioritize patient needs and improve patient outcomes.

What to Expect

  • Online 
  • 8 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Practice Immersion

Classes Start July 9th

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.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Listen & Assess Patient Needs

Collect, prioritize, and process information to formulate diagnosis, goals, and a care plan.  

Form the Right Care Plan

Outline differential diagnoses and prioritize those diagnoses that will inform the plan of care.

Set & Help Patients Obtain Goals

Identify the desired outcomes based on evidence and patient input.

Implement the Right Care Plan

Implement the plan of care through leadership and collaboration with an interdisciplinary team. 

Adapt Plans to Patient Needs

Measure, analyze, and create outcome data to revise, improve, or confirm the plan of care.

Lead Beneficial Programs

Develop, lead, coordinate, and evaluate programs to meet community, population, organizational, and system needs. 

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Integrated AACN Standards

Our curriculum is aligned to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

Integrated AADE Standards

Our curriculum integrates the recommended competencies published by The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

Experience Immersive Learning

Gain real-world experience by practicing real-life scenarios within our Vila Health™ virtual health care environment. Then use those skills in your practice immersion as you gain the confidence to lead at the top of your field.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

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
$425 per credit, 54 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

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

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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 MSN in Diabetes Nursing curriculum emphasizes your advanced professional role in coaching, leading, consulting, educating, researching, evaluating, practicing, and serving as a change agent.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MSN6310 Diabetes Pathophysiology and Assessment
MSN6312 Evidence-Based Education, Planning, and Outcomes for Diabetes Care
MSN6314 Nonpharmacologic Interventions for Diabetes Care
MSN6316 Pharmacologic Interventions for Diabetes Care
MSN6318 Data Evaluation and Program Development in Diabetes Care

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

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

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The Value of Interprofessional Education in Health Care

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online MSN, Diabetes Nursing degree. 

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Diabetes nurse specialist
  • Nurse manager
  • Nurse educator
  • Diabetes nurse clinician
  • Nurse clinician
  • Head nurse
  • Director of wellness program
  • Patient educator
  • Diabetes nurse educator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital
  • Medical center
  • Home health care agency
  • Long-term care facility
  • Hospital-based school of nursing
  • Collaborative medical practice
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Outpatient clinic
  • Community health agency

*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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