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

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Lead as a Nurse Executive

Become the nursing leader organizations depend on with our online RN-to-MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration. You’ll learn to make an impact when improving health care quality and safety, managing the finance and operations of organizations, and leading innovation—all while discovering new ways to respond to the challenges and trends in the field. 

This CCNE-accredited* program can also further strengthen you as a culturally aware leader, visionary, and risk taker while preparing you for executive roles in nursing.

*The MSN degree program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 3 Bridge Courses
  • 8 Core Courses 
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Practicum

Classes Start July 9th

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 SPRING)

What You’ll Learn

Organizational Management

Build high-quality health care organizations using evidence-based decision-making skills and interprofessional approaches.

Change Management

Transform health care to build innovative and quality health care organizations.

Effective Technology Integration

Promote the integration of emerging technologies in health care delivery.

Interprofessional Collaboration

Create organizational cultures that promote interprofessional collaboration and support quality care.

Financial Management

Develop cost-effective ways to maintain and improve quality patient care.

Cultivate High Performing Teams

Integrate nursing leadership theory and management skills to build and maintain consistently excellent teams.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

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 simultaneously) per 12-week billing session
  • Based on a program point system; 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay one flat-rate tuition fee per session*
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 33 total program points, 6 max transfer points
Nursing Administration RN to MSN Online Program - Capella University

The FlexPath option for this program is not currently approved for federal financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

*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.

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. 


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


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 confidence.

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 (

Sample Courses

With our online RN-to-MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration, you’ll build on your expertise with coursework that helps you develop the leadership and management skills needed by nurse executives.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Description
MSN6210 Leadership and Management for Nurse Executives
MSN6212 Health Care Quality and Safety Management
MSN6214 Health Care Informatics and Technology
MSN6216 Advanced Finance and Operations Management
MSN6218 Leading the Future of Health Care

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.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online RN-to-MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Nurse manager/administrator
  • Director of nursing
  • Director of long-term care
  • Emergency department director
  • Director of wellness program
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Nursing educator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital
  • Medical center
  • Health clinic
  • Long-term care facility
  • Home health care agency
  • Community health agency
  • Community or technical college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Hospital-based school of nursing
  • 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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