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

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.

2015-2016 Demonstration of Program Outcomes MS in Nursing

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

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q3 2015 - Q2 2016 capstone courses



Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) specializations

  • Care Coordination
  • Diabetes Nursing
  • 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, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036, (202)887-6791.
  • 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.

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 Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

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 2015 - Q2 2016.

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 Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

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 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 Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's 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 Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

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 2014 and June 2015. 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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