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Take Your Nursing Career to the Next Level

As the health care environment evolves in size and complexity, we need nurses who can rise to the challenge and help improve patient care in tangible and meaningful ways. Answer the call for more master’s-educated nurses and seize new opportunities in management and advanced practice.

At Capella, you can build on your experience in one of 3 pathways to your MSN degree:

  • MSN program
  • RN-to-BSN/MSN combination option
  • RN-to-MSN program

Our accredited, fully online master’s degree programs are grounded in best academic and clinical practices and aligned to the needs of today's nursing employers.

Stay Ahead of the Curve with a Targeted Degree

Capella sets you up for on-the-job success with nursing programs aligned to the specific competencies that employers need. You’ll be well prepared to fill the void in nursing specialties that are in high demand.


Make a bigger impact on
policy and practice


Integrate technology and nursing


Focus on treatment, prevention,
and education


Teach the next generation of nurses


Advocate for patients and
help teams collaborate

Designed for Busy Nurses Like You

Find the most direct path to your master’s degree in an online program that offers the flexibility you need to stay on top of your personal and professional responsibilities. With the RN-to-MSN pathway you can achieve your master’s in just over 2.5 years without accruing the cost or time of completing a BSN.

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

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 is the Director of Nursing at Capella. 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 Capella’s Nursing and Health Sciences Dean. 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.

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:

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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
  • Professional certifications, like the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) and Registered Nurse – Board Certified (RN-BC)
  • Other learning experiences

Skills You Can Use Immediately

At Capella, you’ll receive a competency-based education, meaning every assignment and course in your program can be immediately applied to improve patient outcomes—even before you graduate.

Virtual Lab Environments; Real World Results

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

Practice Immersion

Knowledge garnered in the classroom is immediately applicable with Capella’s flexible Practice Immersion experience. You’ll use evidence-based methods to solve real healthcare challenges and meet your MSN requirements.

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.