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Care Coordination Specialization Master of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences


Care coordinators serve as a hub for information, navigation, and reassurance—serving patients with the best-quality care possible. Due to health care legislation, new initiatives have been introduced to improve health care and lower costs—shining light on the need for care coordination to ensure patients understand their medical conditions and can receive the quality care they need in a cost effective and efficient way. 

An online MSN in Care Coordination from Capella University can prepare you to strengthen the relationship between patients and providers. You’ll learn to manage all aspects of transitional care, educate patients and their support system, navigate health and wellbeing issues during recovery, and foster a holistic view of patient health care among various providers.

Degree Highlights

Direct Path: Transfer up to 12 credits to save time and money.

Accredited: Capella’s MSN program is accredited* by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Credible: Capella’s care coordination curriculum is designed around Case Management Society of America (CMSA) Standards of Practice for Case Management and integrate the Patient Centered Medical Home model of care (PCMH) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

Real-World Experience: Practice real-life scenarios in a fail-safe, virtual health care environment during early coursework—then use those skills in your practice immersion as you gain the confidence to lead at the top of your field.

Doctoral-Prepared Faculty: Provide comprehensive feedback on your work, encourage different ways of thinking, and deliver insight into how well you’re demonstrating competencies.

Online Learning: 24-hour access to courses through Capella’s virtual courseroom.

*The MSN degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 

Degree Outcomes

With Capella’s MSN in Care Coordination, you’ll expand the skills you already have as a nurse to take an outcome-based role in coordinating care for a wide range of patients, allowing you to play an integral role in your organization’s clinical management team by leveraging skills—like setting up care plans and support structures—to improve patient outcomes. The care coordination program also includes 100 hours of practice immersion, so you can immediately put your learning to use.

Job Titles to Explore*

Potential careers with an MSN in Care Coordination include:

·         Care coordinator

·         Nurse navigator

·         Nurse care manager

·         Patient care coordinator

·         Patient care educator

·         Case manager

·         Patient advocate

·         Population care coordinator

With an MSN in Care Coordination you’ll build your networking opportunities as you work with many different departments and play an integral role in your organization’s clinical management team.

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

Detailed Program Information

Get all the details about cost, courses, requirements, and more.

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Classes Start November 6th

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. 

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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 online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set 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. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or 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. 

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Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

$30 Million in Scholarships Available

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

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Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MSN6610 Introduction to Care Coordination
MSN6612 Emerging Health Care Models and Care Coordination
MSN6614 Structure and Process in Care Coordination
MSN6616 Ethical and Legal Considerations in Care Coordination
MSN6618 Leadership in Care Coordination

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 holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

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