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RN-to-MSN Nursing Education Specialization Master of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Accelerate Your Master’s in Nursing Education

Whether you’re in a classroom or clinical setting, as a nurse educator you have the opportunity to influence the next generation of nursing students. With our online RN-to-MSN in Nursing Education, you can go directly from your RN to your master’s without having to earn a BSN beforehand.

This CCNE-accredited* program blends clinical training with innovative teaching methods, and will position you to pursue roles teaching in hospital-based nursing schools and online nursing programs. If you’re eager to help other learners, this could be the path for you.

*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*
  • 3 Bridge Courses
  • 8 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Practicum
  • 66 Total Credits (12 Max Transfer)

Classes Start April 8th

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)

Capella’s MSN FlexPath program is the first of its kind. No other university offers an MSN with this type of groundbreaking learning format.

RN-to-MSN in Nursing Education Program Highlights

Reduce Your Tuition by $3,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $3K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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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 designed around NLN Competencies for Nursing Education, and integrates AACN standards.

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 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.

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 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.


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

Cost & Learning Formats

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, 66 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*
$2,500 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. 

Reduce Your Tuition with $3K

Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $3K.

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 (

RN-to-MSN in Nursing Education Sample Courses

With our online RN-to-MSN in Nursing Education, you’ll gain the knowledge needed to design, deliver, and assess nursing education programs while learning innovative teaching/learning approaches.

Course Number Course Title
MSN6103 The Nurse Educator Role
MSN6105 Teaching and Active Learning Strategies
MSN6107 Curriculum Design, Development, and Evaluation
MSN6109 Integrating Technology into Nursing Education
MSN6111 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education

What You’ll Learn

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

  • Learn how to inspire your students to help them reach their full professional potential.
  • Focus on what your students need with meaningful assessments and evaluations.

  • Create curricula to help transform nursing practice.
  • Connect as a meaningful partner with your health care or educational organization.

"I chose FlexPath because it worked around my work schedule. The cost was another factor. The fact that you can take as many courses as you can and pay a flat fee is awesome.”*

Peter Onchoke**, MSN
*Take unlimited courses every 12-week billing session (up to two at a time). Books, supplies, and other fees may apply. **Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

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RN-to-MSN in Nursing Education Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with our online RN-to-MSN in Nursing Education.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Full-time nursing faculty
  • Adjunct or part-time nursing faculty
  • Nursing educator
  • Staff educator
  • Nursing instructor
  • Training and development specialist
  • Patient educator
  • Clinical educator
  • Professional development specialist
  • Community health educator
  • Staff development educator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Long-term care facility
  • Home health care agency
  • Hospital/clinic
  • Medical center
  • Community health agency
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Insurance company

*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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