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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 teach 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 January 7th

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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Teaching Methods & Applications

Learn how to inspire your students to help them reach their full professional potential.

Assessment & Evaluation

Zero in on what your students need with meaningful assessments and evaluations.

Curriculum Development

Create curricula to help transform nursing practice.

Collaboration & Leadership

Be an integrated and meaningful part of your health care or educational organization.

RN-to-MSN in Nursing Education Program Highlights

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Integrated AACN Standards

Our curriculum incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

Earn Additional Certificates

Use what you learn to earn additional certification, such as the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).*

Designed Around NLN Competencies

Learn within curriculum that is designed around the National League for Nursing (NLN) Competencies for Nursing Education.

*The requirements for this specialization are designed to meet the educational requirements for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

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 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

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. 

Scholarships for New Students

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

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

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

Student Success Story

“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.

Experience Immersive Learning

Gain real-world experience by practicing real-life scenarios within our VilaHealth virtual health care environment. Then use those skills in your practicum as you gain the confidence to lead at the top of your field.

Accredited & Respected

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

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

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.

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FlexPath – a Perfect Fit for Nurse Blogger Kati Kleber*

What drew a nurse-mom-author to Capella.

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

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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Ready for the Next Step?

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