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

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they've learned.

2014-2015 Demonstration of Program Outcomes Master of Health Administration Specializations

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Communicate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including interdepartmental and indisciplinary collaboration.
Incorporate a holistic, caring, culturally appropriate nursing approach that contributes to the wellness and the health of all individuals and groups.
Integrate a holistic approach to local, regional, national, and global dynamics in nursing and healthcare systems.
Conduct comprehensive and focused assessments of health and illness parameters in individuals, groups, and vulnerable populations.
Apply and incorporate a basic understanding of the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention.
Incorporate evidence-based practice interventions (e.g., information systems, patient care technologies) as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of organizational behavior, nursing theory, and systems (micro and macro) as appropriate.
Understand the scope and role policy, finance, and regulatory environments in relationship to individual and populations.
Incorporate the qualities, skills, behaviors, and knowledge required to function as a patient advocate, practice high quality care.
Incorporate concepts of patient safety, clinical management, and quality improvement to improve patient outcomes.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from Q22014 — Q12015 capstone courses



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), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036, (202)887-6791.
  • 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 inter professional 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.

Nursing Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Nursing 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.

Satisfaction with Job Bachelor's Degree Graduates

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 Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.


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 2014 – Q1 2015.

Nursing Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Nursing 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 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 2014 – Q1 2015.


Improvement in Skills and Abilities Bachelor's  Degree Graduates

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 Q2 2014 – Q1 2015

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

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 (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. 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 ED 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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See Gainful Employment data for this program's specializations

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