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Care Coordination MSN - Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Lead in care coordination

Are you driven to provide excellence in patient care? With our CCNE-accredited* online MSN in Care Coordination, you can play a key role in helping patients receive high-quality, effective care. Learn to apply evidence-based rationale to determine care coordination approaches. Master the principles of leadership to promote collaboration between providers to deliver client-centered care. And sharpen your skills as a patient advocate and educator. If you have your BSN and are ready to play a key role in today’s health care environment, let’s get started.

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

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • CCNE accredited*
  • 7 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 1 Practicum course
  • 54 Total credits (12 max transfer)

Classes Start March 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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

With FlexPath, you can earn your MSN in 12 months and under $11,000.*

*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.

MSN in Care Coordination program highlights

Reduce your tuition by $3,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

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To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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Professional partnerships

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

Industry aligned

This program is aligned to AACN standards and around CMSA standards, and integrates the PCMH model of care.

96% of Nursing alumni are satisfied with their Capella education.

S­ource: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2017-2018

Practicum experience

Our integrated capstone and practice immersion allows you to work with an organization to solve real-world care coordination challenges.

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
$435 per credit, 54 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when 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*
$2,700 per 12-week billing session, 27 total program points, 6 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.

“I chose FlexPath because it was a flexible program that allowed me to work at a faster pace and be in control of my assignment due dates. It provided me the ability to work full time and attend school full time, without them interfering with each other.”

Stefanie Smoot*, MSN
*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

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.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment process.

$3K toward your master's

Apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

MSN in Care Coordination sample courses

Our competency-based MSN in Care Coordination program is shaped by industry leaders to examine the evolution of care coordination, its relevance in population health, care coordination structure and leadership, and emerging health care models.

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Introduction to Care Coordination

In this course, learners examine the importance of nurses' contributions to coordinating patient care and the nurse's role in coordinating care for diverse populations in varied settings. Learners identify essential members of the patient care team needed for interprofessional collaboration and assess how the current health care climate is shaping the future. In addition, learners evaluate care coordination plans and outcomes according to performance measures and professional standards as well as develop patient assessments based on current legislation, policies, and evidence-based research.  Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.

4 quarter credits
MSN6612 *
Health Care Models Used in Care Coordination

Learners in this course examine how health care models are incorporated into the larger framework of clinical care oversight. Learners analyze the role of informatics in nursing care coordination and the ways in which client information is collected and used to influence health outcomes. Learners also identify the ways in which care coordination can support cost efficiency, promote quality of care, and affect positive health outcomes. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): MSN6610.

4 quarter credits
MSN6614 *
Structure and Process in Care Coordination

Learners in this course gain and demonstrate knowledge of the various care coordination components, including client selection criteria, communication methodologies, clinical team development, assessment tools, care plan and profile development, cultural considerations, data structuring for reporting, and clinical efficiency. Learners examine the responsibilities of the nurse care coordinator to the client prior to the implementation of the care plan and during the care coordination process. Learners evaluate successful strategies for interviewing and organizing information around client health, goal setting, efficient clinical oversight, technological support, and data formatting. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): MSN6610.

4 quarter credits
Leadership in Care Coordination

Learners in this course propose a project for change in a care coordination setting, aligning care coordination resources with community health care needs. Learners apply project management best practices to affect ethical practice and support positive health outcomes in the delivery of safe, culturally competent care in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. In addition, learners identify ways in which the care coordinator leader supports collaboration between key stakeholders in the care coordination process.  Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.

4 quarter credits
MSN6616 *
Ethical and Legal Considerations in Care Coordination

In this course, learners examine the care coordination process in relation to confidentiality and client privacy, management of consents for health care, client rights in the care coordination process, terminations of care coordination management, and the importance of clinical team collaboration and communication. Learners navigate the process of aligning limited resources with client needs and gain an understanding of the balance required between cost effectiveness and conscious stewardship. Throughout the course, learners demonstrate an understanding of the importance of cultural literacy with regard to client health care considerations. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): MSN6610.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

Our online MSN in Care Coordination will prepare you to determine efficient, effective care coordination approaches and lead their implementation.

  • Leadership
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Care management structures
  • Technology integration
  • Informatics applications
  • Legal & ethical standards

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.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Financial aid counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

Capstone mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a mentor who can support and assist you along the way.

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 (

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MSN in Care Coordination professional paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with an MSN in Care Coordination.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Care Coordinator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Case Manager
  • Nursing Director/Manager/Coordinator
  • Care Manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Health insurance company
  • Ambulatory care office
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Home health care agency
  • Community or technical college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Government - local, state, 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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