Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Acquire the knowledge and skills to become an effective nurse generalist

This program emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention in diverse populations, global wellness strategies, patient safety, pharmacology, technology, leadership, ethics, and regulations. Learn to apply evidence-based theories, research, and best practices from a global community and public service perspective.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) specializations

  • RN-to-BSN completion

Washington residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's BSN program with a specialization in RN-to-BSN degree completion incorporates the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
  • Capella's BSN, MSN and DNP programs* are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Capella's BSN program is designed to meet the complex demands of today's health care environment, including knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention, and the use of technology to track and assess health.
  • BSN students will benefit from Capella's interprofessional approach to public service education, which brings together faculty and students from health care, public administration, and public safety, professionals who often must work together to address public sector challenges.
  • The program aligns the needs of entering learners while preparing those who plan to extend to a MSN program.
  • Capella University has a faculty of experienced health care professionals and practitioners.

Expected Program Outcomes for All Specializations

  1. Health Assessment—Conduct comprehensive and focused assessments of health and illness parameters in individuals, groups, and vulnerable populations.
  2. Safety & Quality Practices—Incorporate concepts of patient safety, clinical management, and quality improvement to improve patient outcomes.
  3. Nursing Research & Informatics—Incorporate evidence-based practice interventions (e.g., information systems, patient care technologies) as appropriate for managing the acute and chronic care of patients promoting health across the lifespan.
  4. Policy, Finance & Regulations—Understand the scope and role of policy, finance, and regulatory environments in relationship to individual and population outcomes.
  5. Communication—Communicate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaboration for quality outcomes.
  6. Organizational & Systems Management—Apply knowledge of organizational behavior, nursing theory, and systems (micro and macro) as appropriate for the scope and role of one's own practice.
  7. Health Promotion & Disease Prevention—Apply and incorporate a basic understanding of the concepts of health promotion and disease as a means of improving health at the individual, population, and community level.
  8. Diversity—Incorporate a holistic, caring, culturally appropriate nursing approach that contributes to the wellness and the health of individuals, groups, and vulnerable populations.
  9. Professional Role—Incorporate the qualities, skills, behaviors, and knowledge required to function as a patient advocate, practice high quality care, assess and evaluate patient outcomes, and provide leadership in improving care.
  10. Global Accountability & Public Service—Integrate a holistic approach to local, regional, national, and global dynamics in nursing and healthcare system delivery.

*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.

Bachelor's degree graduates

Data from graduates across all bachelors programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Capella University bachelor's degree alumni report high satisfaction with the salary, benefits and responsibilities of their jobs. The most common industries in which bachelor's alumni are employed are IT, education, government, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Satisfaction with Job Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.


Many of our bachelor's degree graduates report receiving a salary increase and gaining recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Many also said they advanced in their careers or received a promotion.

Career & Professional Accomplishments Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Bachelor's degree graduates

Data from graduates across all bachelors programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Graduates of Capella University's bachelor's programs say their Capella education is relevant to their career goals and helped them meet program outcomes. They are likely to recommend Capella to others.

Satisfaction with Capella Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.


Capella bachelor's degree graduates report gaining knowledge and skills which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills and Abilities Bachelor's  Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013

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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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