RN-to-MSN Care Coordination MSN - Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Fast-track your master’s in care coordination

You know that care coordination is an integral part of today’s health care environment. With our CCNE-accredited* online RN-to-MSN in Care Coordination, you can go directly from your RN to your master’s without having to earn a BSN beforehand.

You’ll sharpen your skills as a patient advocate and educator. You’ll learn to apply evidence-based rationale to determine care coordination approaches. And you’ll master the principles of leadership to play an integral role in today’s health care environment. If you want to lead in care coordination, this program is designed for you.

*The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

At a Glance

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

Classes Start October 12th

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 SUMMER).

RN-to-MSN in Care Coordination program highlights

Reduce your tuition by 30%

Enroll in an eligible program and apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to save 30% on 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

Practicum experience

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

Meet your MSN faculty

Our distinguished MSN faculty are industry leaders, bringing real-world relevance into the courseroom to enrich your education, and career.

JoAnn Manty, DNP, MSN

MSN Core Faculty

Marylee Bressie, DNP, MSN

MSN Core Faculty

Adriane Stasurak, DNP, MSN

MSN Core Faculty

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated support teams guide 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.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

Our financial aid team knows how to run the numbers and help save on tuition.


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

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

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, 66 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Take one or two courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 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, 33 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.

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. 

Save 30% off your master's

Apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to receive 30% off the cost of tuition.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

RN-to-MSN in Care Coordination sample courses

Our online RN-to-MSN in Care Coordination degree explores the evolution of care coordination, its relevance in population health, and how it fits with emerging health care models. Learn structure, process, and legal and ethical considerations.

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MSN5003 *
Health Assessment and Promotion for Disease Prevention in Population-Focused Health

In this course, learners apply concepts, frameworks, and models used to foster health promotion and disease prevention, particularly in diverse and vulnerable populations. Learners evaluate individual and population wellness from multicultural, ethnic, traditional, and spiritual perspectives. Learners examine factors that cause disparities in wellness among people in diverse and vulnerable populations. By analyzing effective health assessment methods and communication strategies, learners identify best practices for developing a population-focused approach to health promotion and disease prevention. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): NHS5004.

4 quarter credits
MSN5005 *
Introduction to Nursing Research, Ethics, and Technology

Learners in this course gain and demonstrate knowledge of nursing research, ethics, and information technology in health care settings. Learners apply the basic principles of nursing research and ways that information systems and patient care technologies contribute to improving patient outcomes. Learners also evaluate ethics in nursing research and scholarship and how evidence-based practice relates to the effective use of information technologies in nursing practice. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in MSN5003.

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
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

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to leading in care coordination.

  • Implement care management structures based on accredited national health standards.
  • Evaluate nursing informatics and health care informatics in the practice of care coordination.
  • Apply evidence-based rationale in selecting national guidelines in care coordination structures.
  • Integrate technology with clinical nursing practice, social determinant structures, population management, education, and community-based health.
  • Apply professional legal and ethical standards in nursing care coordination.
  • Implement principles of leadership in team-based care coordination to promote client-centered care and nursing practice.

"I like FlexPath because my schedule fluctuates quite a bit, so committing to a normal college course timeline and preset due dates isn’t an option for me at this point in my life. I am busy and probably couldn’t meet the deadlines of a traditional online format.”

Kati Kleber*
*Actual Capella student who is compensated for appearing in our promotional materials.

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RN-to-MSN in Care Coordination professional paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with our RN-to-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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