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RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration
Master of Science in Nursing

Advance your career and prepare to lead with the online RN-to-MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration program from Capella. This CCNE-accredited* program will position you as a nurse executive with advanced skills in leadership, finance, operations management, and health care informatics and technology. It will prepare you to lead on the front lines and behind the scenes.

If you’re an RN with an associate degree, this online RN-to-MSN program can help streamline your path to a master’s degree.

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Professional relevance

This program incorporates principles from AACN and CMSA standards, and integrates the PCMH model of care.

Practicum experience

Our integrated capstone and practicum allows you to work with an organization to solve real-world challenges. Learn more about the practicum

Employer partnerships

Capella University partners with more than 400 health care employers, including leading hospital systems and insurance providers.

Classes start June 6

Use the code SPRING to waive the $50 application fee.

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)

With FlexPath, you can earn your MSN in 13 months for $13,500.*

*Based on fastest 25 percent 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.

What can you do with an MSN degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MSN in Nursing Leadership & Administration.

Job titles to explore

  • Nurse manager
  • Nurse administrator
  • Nurse educator
  • Clinical manager
  • Nurse supervisor
  • Director of nursing
  • Health director
  • Health manager
  • Chief nursing officer

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Home health care agency
  • Community or technical college
  • Health insurance company
  • Ambulatory care office
  • Nursing care facilities
  • 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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