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Earn an In-Demand Bachelor’s of Nursing Degree

In its important report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, recommended that 80% of the nursing workforce have at least a BSN education by the year 2020. A follow-up comprehensive study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has shown that higher proportions of BSN-educated nurses are associated with lower patient mortality, lower odds of readmission, shorter lengths of stay, and significant cost savings.

Get ready to meet the challenges of today’s health care environment and improve patient care with a flexible, online bachelor’s of nursing program. Capella BSN programs have no prerequisites, and you can transfer up to 135 quarter credits into your program to finish in as little as 18 months.

The Most Direct Path to Your Goals

Take the direct path to your career goals with an affordable online bachelor’s nursing program that is flexible enough to fit into your busy life. Capella offers several BSN pathways to meet you where you are and take you to where you want to be.¹

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

RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Earn your BSN in as little as 18 months with an RN-to-BSN program that builds on what you already know in a flexible, online format that works with your busy life.

RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option

With your associate’s degree or nursing diploma, you can fast track your progress and earn both your BSN and MSN when you work on them together, saving you time and money. In Capella's combined option degree program you’ll complete designated bachelor's and master's degree offerings with a set of shared master's-level courses applied to the requirements for both degrees.

FlexPath: RN-to-BSN & RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option*

Capella's RN-to-BSN and RN-to-BSN/MSN combined option are available in the FlexPath learning format, which 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).

RN-to-MSN Degree Program

Skip the time and cost of your BSN and reach your MSN within 2.5 years. Capella offers RN-to-MSN programs in care coordination, leadership and administration, diabetes nursing, nursing education, and informatics.

Meeting the Needs of Nurses, Hospitals, and Patients

Capella University has responded to the challenge of meeting IOM’s recommendation with Nursing Track 80/20, an exclusive program designed to assist health care employers as they strive to grow their BSN-educated nursing staff. This program allows employers to optimize their return on investment and save on recruitment and training by developing their existing workforce in a way that meets their specific organizational needs.

I was looking for an online nursing program to fit my working schedule. Fortunately Capella and how they design their curriculum, it was very easy to manage a full-time job, I also work a per-diem job, and I also have a family and Capella was able to fit right in there and make everything go as smooth as possible.

Latonya King,Capella University graduate

Finish Your Nursing Program Faster—and Spend Less

Transfer up to 135 quarter credits—75% of the total credit requirement—into your BSN program, saving you significant time and money.

Save even more with a $4,000 scholarship for the RN-to-BSN program. Additional saving opportunities include:


Get Credit for What You Know

Your nursing experience has likely been an educational one as well. Transfer credits into your program or access Capella’s prior learning assessment to earn credit for demonstrating relevant, college-level knowledge gained through:

  • Formal and informal work training
  • Continuing education programs
  • Self-instruction
  • Other learning experiences


Virtual Health Care Environments; Real World Results

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

Partnerships that Matter

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:

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.

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.