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Total program credits needed for graduation: 68

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.933.5955, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Practice Immersion Requirements

Minimum of 100 practice immersion hours.

In addition to your online courses, you will complete a hands-on Practice Immersion, allowing you to put the evidence-based methods acquired throughout your program into practice. Hours logged in the Practice Immersion will be time spent under the guidance of an approved preceptor, at your chosen site, meeting the MSN program outcomes and competencies.

Four Required Bridge Courses, 16 quarter credits

Introduction to Nursing Concepts (4 quarter credits)
Health Assessment and Promotion for Disease Prevention in Population-Focused Health (4 quarter credits)
Introduction to Nursing Research, Ethics, and Technology (4 quarter credits)
Leadership for Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)

Core Courses:

Professional Nursing Practice Framework, Scope, and Role (4 quarter credits)
Policy, Regulations, and Ethics in Advanced Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)
Diversity and Advocacy in Professional Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)
Evidence-Based Practice and Technology for Nursing (4 quarter credits)
Advanced Nursing Leadership and Management (4 quarter credits)
Evidence-Based Practice in Health Promotion and Disease Management and Prevention (4 quarter credits)
Practice Immersion ‡ (4 quarter credits)
Nursing Capstone Project (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

Leadership and Management for Nurse Executives (4 quarter credits)
Health Care Quality and Safety Management (4 quarter credits)
Health Care Informatics and Technology (4 quarter credits)
Advanced Finance and Operations Management (4 quarter credits)
Leading the Future of Health Care (4 quarter credits)

‡ Learners are responsible for the cost of travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

† Learners in the RN-to-MSN bridge specializations are required to complete MSN5000, MSN5003, MSN5005,and MSN5007 before registering for any other MSN course. Upon successful completion of the RN-to-MSN bridge courses, learners pursue the program requirements for any Master of Science in Nursing specialization. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree will not be conferred.

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

The RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration specialization requires certain conditions of enrollment that learners must maintain throughout their program, including a current, unrestricted RN license and submitting a background check (fees apply).

This specialization does not prepare graduates for licensure as an RN or APRN.

In North Carolina, Nurse Educators must be certified by the National League for Nursing or complete nine graduate credit hours of educational content course work before they may teach in an academic setting. For more information about Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE), see the National League for Nursing's website (

Learners enrolled in the MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration and RN-to-MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration specializations are required to maintain a current, unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take one to two courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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