Experience the Capella Nursing Difference

With an online nursing degree from Capella University, you can build advanced capabilities, expand your career options, and meet the growing demand for highly skilled nursing professionals. See the difference a Capella nursing degree can make for your career.


More than 80% of current Capella students say their education has had a direct impact on their career.CULES, 2010

Aligned with the Nursing Profession

In response to a report from the Institute of Medicine's (IOM), health care organizations are looking to increase their bachelor's-prepared RN staff to 80% and double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020*. With the common goal of preparing a well-educated, highly skilled nursing workforce, we have aligned with employers, including hundreds of hospitals, clinics, care centers, and national nursing associations that recognize that our online nursing programs are designed to meet and exceed the IOM recommendations.
* Institute of Medicine. (2010). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.


Capella is offering 3 BSN full-tuition scholarshipsavailable only to ANA members who have registered for an ANA Leadership Institute™ offering.

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Capella: An Accredited University

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Capella's BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs are accredited* by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 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.

*The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation

American Nurses Association Partnership

Capella is a proud partner with the American Nurses Association, giving ANA members many great benefits, including a 10% tuition discount on Capella degree programs.

In addition, ANA has chosen Capella as a partner on the ANA Leadership Institute. The following ANA Leadership Institute offerings are powered by Capella University, providing nurse leadership development in a flexible format for nurses at the bedside or in the boardroom.

View an ANA Leadership Institute™ Webinar: Values-Based Leadership: Creating a Culture of Ownership, featuring author and leadership expert Joe Tye.  

On-the-Job Impact

Our online healthcare administration, public health and nursing degrees are designed to deliver skills you can apply directly to your career right now. To meet the demands of an evolving health care system and the changing needs of patients, Capella has designed virtual labs with Vila Health™ and Riverbend City™ to practice solving real health care challenges. Through these simulations, you will quickly gain the interprofessional leadership skills and competencies that can make an impact in your career.

Meet Our Distinguished Faculty

Every member of Capella's nursing faculty has a doctoral degree combined with leadership experience, and a background in frontline nursing. Our expert nursing faculty will help you deepen your expertise, develop new skills and gain knowledge, while providing the support you need to prepare for challenging and rewarding career opportunities.

New Nursing Programs

Meet the growing need for health informatics professionals — and prepare to sit for the RN-BC Nursing Informatics board certification exam — with Capella’s new MSN, RN-to-MSN and Certificate options in Nursing Informatics.

6 Ways to Save

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    Transfer Credits

    Reduce the time and cost of finishing your degree by maximizing your transfer credits.

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    15% Military Discount

    Capella is proud to provide military benefits, including a 15% tuition discount off bachelor's programs.

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    Employer & Association Discounts

    Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and colleges can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands.

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    Credit for Real-World Experience

    You can earn credits through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process by demonstrating mastery of competencies, and may be eligible to earn credit for previous coursework, experience and learning.

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    Employer Tuition Reimbursement

    Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to their employees — even those without a formal program. Check with your HR department or manager to see if you are eligible.

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    ANA Leadership Institute BSN Scholarship

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has recommended that 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN by 2020. That’s why Capella is offering three full-tuition BSN scholarships, available only to current ANA members who have registered for any ANA Leadership Institute event by April 30 and start a BSN degree at Capella between June 8 and September 14, 2015. Even if you don’t win the full-tuition scholarships, you can still receive a $2,000 BSN scholarship.

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Learn Online Anywhere, Anytime

At Capella, you will enjoy the flexibility of earning your degree on a schedule that fits your life. In our online course rooms, students and faculty participate in discussions at different times throughout the week. You will not attend class at a specific date and time, but you can expect to complete weekly assignments, reading, and participation requirements.