Master of Science in Nursing

Prepare yourself to meet the growing need for nurse educators.

This program prepares registered nurses to assume roles as nurse educators, nursing faculty, or clinical nurse mentors/preceptors. Advance your knowledge of nursing concepts, theories, research, and practices. The program also includes focused exploration of health care policy and regulations; health care information systems and technology; management and leadership in professional nursing practice; and ethical and legal standards.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

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

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) specializations

  • Diabetes Nursing
  • General Nursing
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Informatics1
  • Nursing Leadership and Administration

1Review of this specialization is pending in AL, FL, KS, IA, LA, SC, and WA.

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's BSN, MSN and DNP programs* are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • The Diabetes Nursing and the Nursing Leadership and Administration specializations incorporate the Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
  • The Nurse Educator Bridge curriculum incorporates the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
  • Students will learn from faculty experts that bring both academic and professional experience into the courseroom from nursing and across the public service segments.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Assimilate healthcare research into evidence-based nursing practice.
  2. Interpret and integrate healthcare policy and regulations.
  3. Apply professional ethics and legal standards.
  4. Integrate concepts of management and leadership in professional nursing practice.
  5. Incorporate advanced knowledge, technology, and theories from nursing and related disciplines into practice.
  6. Apply culturally competent healthcare practices to affect the well-being of diverse populations.
  7. Apply evidence-based practice for healthcare promotion, disease prevention, and disease management.
  8. Communicate effectively in multiple formats using appropriate information systems and technology.

*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.

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Master's degree graduates from Capella's School of Public Service leadership report satisfaction with their tasks and responsibilities. The majority (70%) of graduates are employed in healthcare, non-profit, social/community services, P-12, or government/public sector settings.

Satisfaction with Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

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 Public Service Leadership master's degree alumni report receiving a salary increase or assuming a leadership role.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's 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.

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Most graduates of the School of Public Service Leadership master's degree programs report that earning a master's degree has helped them meet program and career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to friends and family.

Satisfaction with Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

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.

School of Public Service Leadership master's degree graduates say that they gained valuable skills and abilities which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's 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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