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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.

The FlexPath option offers the potential to significantly reduce the cost of earning your degree, accelerate the time required for degree completion, and better align your learning to the needs of employers and society. Traditionally, degree programs are constructed around credit hours that measure the time required to complete specific courses. Under, FlexPath, degree programs are constructed around the direct assessment of demonstrated competencies. While resources will be recommended, you can use any materials and resources you choose, including textbooks, eBooks, simulations, videos, articles, and work experiences. This new competency-based format allows you to complete course work at your own pace throughout each quarter. Once you believe you have mastered the course concepts, you will complete activities to demonstrate specific competencies by the end of the quarter.

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

  • Care Coordination
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Leadership and Administration

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
  • The curriculum incorporate the The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing 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.
  • All faculty members in the master's and doctoral nursing programs have doctoral degrees. Many faculty members have distinguished themselves through practice leadership, service to the profession, and scholarly endeavors.
  • Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board helps ensure the curriculum is developed with the insight and support of industry leaders.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Lead organizational change to improve the experience of care, population health, and professional work life while decreasing cost of care.
  2. Evaluate the best available evidence for use in clinical and organizational decision making.
  3. Apply quality improvement methods to impact patient, population, and systems outcomes.
  4. Design patient- and population-centered care to improve health outcomes.
  5. Integrate interprofessional care to improve safety and quality and to decrease cost of care.
  6. Evaluate the ability of existing and emerging information, communication, and health care technologies to improve safety and quality and to decrease cost.
  7. Defend health policy that improves the experience of care, population health, and professional work life while decreasing cost of care.

Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing degree programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career Preparation

MSN Degree Program Graduates

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Career Preparation

Master of Science in Nursing Program Graduates

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 87%

My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 78%

Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 87%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments

MSN Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments

Master of Science in Nursing Program Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 47%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 32%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 43%

Received a salary increase: 32%

Received a promotion: 38%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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 Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Master of Science in Nursing Program Graduates

Data from the Master of Science in Nursing degree programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella

MSN Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella
Master of Science in Nursing Program Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella: 96%

I am satisfied with my Capella education: 96%

Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 88%

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
MSN Graduates

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Skills & Abilities
Master of Science in Nursing Program Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 100%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 95%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 95%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 100%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 100%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 100%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 100%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 96%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 95%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 95%

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" 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 Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

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Cynthia Ashman

2008 Graduate

School of Public Service Leadership

Specialization in Criminal Justice