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

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Advance to a master’s in nursing leadership

You want to lead in health care, shaping policies and providing the best patient care possible. With our online RN-to-MSN in Leadership and Administration, you can go directly from your RN to your master’s without having to earn a BSN beforehand..

This CCNE-accredited* program will position you to pursue roles as a nurse executive skilled in leadership, finance, operations, and health care informatics. It will prepare you to lead on the front lines and behind the scenes. If you’re ready to impact health care all the way from the waiting room to the boardroom, you’re ready for this program.  

*The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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)

Classes Start December 2nd

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 Fall19)

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 Leadership & Administration 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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Flexible

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 MSN course of study incorporates the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

Advisors

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

Cost & learning formats

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$23,490$28,710* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$435 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*
$10,800$24,300* ACCELERATED PACE–TYPICAL PACE
$2,700 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. 

$3K toward your master's

Apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

RN-to-MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration 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.

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MSN6210
Leadership and Management for Nurse Executives

Learners in this course develop and demonstrate knowledge of contemporary leadership and management concepts and theories relevant to a variety of health care delivery settings. Learners analyze the nurse leader’s role in leading high-performing health care teams and examine the skills needed to collaborate with, and create buy-in from, stakeholders, colleagues, constituencies, and interdisciplinary teams. Learners also examine the impact of cultural, ethical, and regulatory considerations on decision making and implement a futurelooking strategic vision to ensure sustainable gains in quality and safety.  Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.

4 quarter credits
MSN6212
Health Care Quality and Safety Management

Learners in this course examine the nurse leader’s role in helping to effectively integrate into health care delivery systems the quality and safety principles that inform evidencebased changes and best practices. Learners demonstrate an understanding of the ways they can measure health care quality and safety; monitor and assess patient safety and outcomes; develop a transparent system for identifying and resolving medical errors and adverse patient outcomes; use data to monitor and improve patient care and outcomes; and support a culture of quality and safety.  Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.

4 quarter credits
MSN6214
Health Care Informatics and Technology

Learners in this course gain and demonstrate the knowledge and skills nurse leaders need in order to utilize health information technology to enhance patient care and outcomes. In particular, learners develop a strategy for technological integration and examine the ways in which they can use technology to evaluate patient data to inform patient diagnoses and outcomes. Learners also assess the effective management of technological change within the health care environment and examine issues of consumer access to information and the privacy and confidentiality of patient information.  Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.

4 quarter credits
MSN6216
Advanced Finance and Operations Management

Learners in this course examine the nurse leader’s role in establishing and managing an operations and capital budget. In particular, learners develop an understanding of how to incorporate variances or discretionary spending, manage the labor force within budget parameters, examine the availability and appropriate use of equipment and supplies, and apply finance principles to a strategic plan for achieving an organization’s fiscal goals.  Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.

4 quarter credits
MSN6218
Leading the Future of Health Care

Learners in this course examine the role of the nurse leader in evaluating and responding to health care opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing local and global environment. Learners develop proactive strategies to drive and lead changes in health care and integrate evidence-based decision making into the culture of the health care organization. Learners also develop the critical-thinking and communication skills needed to positively influence health care redesign and examine the effects of visionary leadership in the field.  Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to leading as a nursing administrator.

  • Use evidence-based decision-making skills and interprofessional approaches to build high-quality health care organizations.
  • Transform health care to build innovative and quality health care organizations.
  • Promote the integration of emerging technologies in health care delivery.
  • Create organizational cultures that promote interprofessional collaboration and support quality care.
  • Develop cost-effective ways to maintain and improve quality patient care.
  • Integrate nursing leadership theory and management skills to build and maintain consistently excellent teams.

RN-to-MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration professional paths

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RN-to-MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration professional paths

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

Related 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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