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See how it worked for Mike

Mike Linares wants to help nursing students. That’s why he started Simple Nursing and decided to pursue his MSN in Nursing Education. See why Mike chose FlexPath from Capella to earn his degree.

A way to learn that’s as smart as you are

FlexPath puts you in control. Take one or two courses at a time, and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks for one tuition fee. Set your own deadlines, manage costs, and move at your own pace. The faster you move through your coursework, the less it costs to earn your degree — a smarter way to earn your BSN, MSN, or DNP.

Why Mike chose FlexPath

Between traveling, working, and planning for his future, Mike knew he needed a flexible education to accomplish his goals. With the FlexPath format, he could schedule his own deadlines, apply his knowledge, and move at his own pace to earn his MSN.

With FlexPath, you can complete your RN-to-BSN program in 9 months and under $10,000.*

* Based on fastest 10 percent of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

Why Choose Capella

Online education, two ways

To meet the needs of busy professionals, we offer two competency-based online learning formats: GuidedPath and FlexPath.

Transfer Credits

On average, our BSN students transfer 65% of the credits needed to complete their BSN with FlexPath

Employer partnerships

Capella has over 220 health care employer partnerships including leading hospital systems and insurance providers.

Accelerated Master’s Pathway

Take master’s-level courses while earning your BSN and apply those credits to both your bachelor’s and master’s program requirements.


Mike's FlexPath Journey

Mike’s first steps with FlexPath

Mike talks about his first experiences with the FlexPath learning format and his RN-to-MSN program at Capella.

Mike’s RN-to-MSN support

Hear how Mike thrived in his program with the help of FlexPath coaches, enrollment counselors, faculty, and tutors.

Mike’s practicum

See how Mike prepared for his 100-hour nursing practicum as the final step in his RN-to-MSN program.

Nursing programs

Learn more about admissions requirements, costs, and courses for your specialization.

Explore all nursing degrees, including MSN and DNP.

95% of nursing alumni are satisfied with their Capella education.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019–2020

Cost and Learning Formats

This example applies to our RN-to-BSN program. All Capella nursing degrees, including MSN and DNP, are available through either the GuidedPath or FlexPath format.

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $375 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Enroll in one or two core courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$3,200 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 68 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Accredited & Recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability.

See all our accreditations and recognitions.

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

Curious about SimpleNursing?

Check out the SimpleNursing website to learn more about videos, resources, and study materials available to help you with nursing school and the NCLEX.

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