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Total program credits needed for graduation: 68

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

To learn more, call 866.933.5955, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Practice Immersion Requirements

Minimum of 100 practice immersion hours.

In addition to your online courses, you will complete a hands-on Practice Immersion, allowing you to put the evidence-based methods acquired throughout your program into practice. Hours logged in the Practice Immersion will be time spent under the guidance of an approved preceptor, at your chosen site, meeting the MSN program outcomes and competencies.

Four Required Bridge Courses, 16 quarter credits

Introduction to Nursing Concepts (4 quarter credits)
Health Assessment and Promotion for Disease Prevention in Population-Focused Health (4 quarter credits)
Introduction to Nursing Research, Ethics, and Technology (4 quarter credits)
Leadership for Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)

Core Courses:

Orientation to Graduate Nursing Study (4 quarter credits)
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (4 quarter credits)
Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Professional (4 quarter credits)
Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)*
Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursing (4 quarter credits)*
Evidence-Based Practice and Technology for Nursing (4 quarter credits)
Evidence-based Practice and Technology for Nursing (4 quarter credits)
MSN Practice Immersion (4 quarter credits)*‡
Nursing Capstone Project (4 quarter credits)*

Specialization Courses:

Diabetes Pathophysiology and Assessment (4 quarter credits)
Evidence-Based Education, Planning, and Outcomes for Diabetes Care (4 quarter credits)
Nonpharmacologic Interventions for Diabetes Care (4 quarter credits)
Pharmacologic Interventions for Diabetes Care (4 quarter credits)
Data Evaluation and Program Development in Diabetes Care (4 quarter credits)

‡ Learners are responsible for the cost of travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

† Learners in the RN-to-MSN bridge specializations are required to complete MSN5000, MSN5003, MSN5005,and MSN5007 before registering for any other MSN course. Upon successful completion of the RN-to-MSN bridge courses, learners pursue the program requirements for any Master of Science in Nursing specialization. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree will not be conferred.

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

The RN-to-MSN Diabetes Nursing specialization requires certain conditions of enrollment that learners must maintain throughout their program, including a current, unrestricted RN license and submitting a background check (fees apply).

This specialization does not prepare graduates for licensure as an RN or APRN.

In North Carolina, Nurse Educators must be certified by the National League for Nursing or complete nine graduate credit hours of educational content course work before they may teach in an academic setting. For more information about Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE), see the National League for Nursing's website (

Learners enrolled in the MSN Diabetes Nursing and RN-to-MSN Diabetes Nursing specializations are required to maintain a current, unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take one to two courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. 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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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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