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Nurses: Driving Meaningful Change in an Evolving Field

Nurses area a powerful force of cross-functional leaders. Whether it’s working at the bedside, expanding professional practice, integrating technology, educating, or directing from the boardroom, nurses have a big impact on patient outcomes.

Enhance your skills, improve patient care, and grow your career potential with a flexible and affordable online nursing degree. At Capella, you’ll find nursing degrees and certificate programs that are based on best academic and clinical practices—so you’ll be prepared to meet the needs of employers and transform patient care in today’s rapidly evolving systems of health.


Make a bigger impact on
policy and practice


Focus on treatment, prevention,
and education


Advocate for patients and
help teams collaborate


Integrate technology and nursing


Teach the next generation of nurses

The Right Path to Your Goals

Wherever you are in your career, Capella nursing programs offer the most direct path forward. Thanks to online, 24-hour access to your courses, expert faculty support, and curriculum designed to fast track your progress, it’s possible to fit education into your busy life.¹

¹Time to completion varies based on course load and transfer credit amounts.

FlexPath: Your Degree. Your Pace.

Capella's FlexPath option for RN-to-BSN and select MSN* specializations provides nurses with the ultimate flexibility. You can leverage your experience to move quickly through what you already know and concentrate on what you need to learn. For many students, FlexPath offers a more personalized learning approach with greater freedom, more control, and the potential to save time and money.

*The FlexPath option for this program is currently not approved for federal financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Don’t Spend Time Relearning What You Already Know

Reach your goals sooner and lower your costs by transferring credits into your program. You can also use a prior learning assessment to earn credit for knowledge you’ve gained through work training, continuing education programs, and other learning opportunities.

  • With a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) credential, you can save up to nine months and over $4,600 on your MSN. This credential is offered through a partnership between AACN and AONE.
  • With a Registered Nurse – Board Certified (RN-BC) Nursing informatics credential, you can save up to six months and more than $3,000 on your MSN. This credential is offered by the ANCC.

Keep Your Costs Down

Lower your education costs with these saving opportunities:

  • Nursing scholarships for new students
  • Employer and Nursing Association discounts
  • 10%-15% military discount
  • Apply up to 500 clinical hours from your MSN program to your DNP Practice Immersion requirements

Professionally Aligned for Career Success

Capella sets you up for on-the-job success with nursing programs aligned to current industry standards. We’re proud to partner with employers and professional organizations that lead the way in nursing. By aligning our curriculum to their highest standards we can educate nurses to meet the needs of nursing employers and deliver the most clinically excellent, safe, and community-centered care.

Some of our association partners include:

World-Class Faculty

Every member of Capella's Nursing faculty has a doctoral degree, combined with leadership experience and a background in frontline nursing. Your instructors will provide the right mix of foundational theory and real-world practice.

Dr. Christy Davidson, DNP, RNC-OB, is an associate dean and the Director of Nursing for Capella's School of Nursing and Health Sciences. In this interview she shares her nursing journey, talks about the current state and future of the health care industry, and explains the difference between a DNP and a PhD.

Patrick Robinson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is the dean of Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Hear him discuss leadership, the changing role of nurses, and Capella’s innovative programs in this interview.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board

The advisory board serves as a brain trust for leaders and key decision makers within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Composed of leading health care strategists and influencers, the board provides insight into current and emerging trends, market needs, decision-making evidence, and workforce competencies. Learn more about advisory board members here.

Stay Ahead of the Curve

As baby boomers age and the health care industry becomes more data-driven, the needs of employers are evolving. Capella’s degree programs prepare you to succeed in in high-demand areas like informatics, care coordination, and diabetes nursing.

Knowledge and Skills You Can Apply Immediately

At Capella, you’ll receive a competency-based education, meaning every assignment, course, and program is designed to deliver the skills and knowledge required for on-the-job success. Your DNP coursework will offer insights, lessons, and practical competencies that can be immediately applied to improve patient outcomes—even before you graduate.

Virtual Health Care Environments; Real World Results

Solve real-world challenges in Capella’s virtual health care environments, where you’ll practice your newly learned nursing knowledge within
a fail-safe, simulated modern system of health environment.

Accreditation Makes the Difference

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.


The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a nationally recognized accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.