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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.

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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 RN-to-MSN in Nursing Informatics.

Capella: An Accredited University

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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

American Nurses Association Partnership

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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.

Compare Our Tuition

Capella's RN-to-BSN program is 27% less than the average tuition of five competitive online RN-to-BSN programs, saving you over $7,000.

1 $20,790 is the total cost assuming 114 transfer credits at $315/credit.

2 $28,640 is the average RN-to-BSN tuition of 5 competitive online RN-to-BSN programs, calculated from the university's 2012-2013 total program cost listing.

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.

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8 Ways to Save

  • 1

    Start Now, Save up to $5,000

    New students who start an eligible nursing program between January and April 2015 and pass their first course and meet all other eligibility requirements are eligible to receive a scholarship $1,500 for nursing certificate programs, $3,000 for BSN program, $4,000 for MSN program, or $5,000 for DNP programs.

  • 2

    Transfer Credits

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

  • 3

    15% Military Discount

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

  • 4

    Employer & Association Discounts

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

  • 5

    10% Association Member Discount

    Capella is a proud partner with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

  • 6

    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.

  • 7

    Sophia Low-Cost Undergraduate Courses

    You can save time and money by choosing to take your general education required courses at our learning partner, Sophia Pathways, rather than at Capella. For example, fulfilling just two of your general education requirements would typically take 3 months and cost about $3,000. You could complete these same requirements at Sophia in under 60 days — for around $650.

  • 8

    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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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.

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