Capella University

BSN - RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option (CCNE-accredited)

Capella University's RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option (CCNE-accredited) is designed for nursing professionals seeking to take an accelerated path to earning both their bachelor's and master's degrees. Learn more about this combined degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a specialization in RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option (CCNE-accredited)

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Aspiring students of Capella University's RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option program must hold an associate's degree or a diploma in nursing and currently be a registered nurse.

Program Description:

Capella University's online CCNE-accredited RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option is designed for registered nurses seeking an advanced degree program that could greatly reduce both tuition cost and completion time. The program could be completed in as few as 3.25 years. Students will have the opportunity to study health assessment techniques, collaborative patient care methods, integrative health care systems, health promotion, disease prevention, and nursing management principles and strategies. Students may also learn about global health care systems and perspectives, drug categories and safety, and community nursing practices. Advanced course topics include master's-level nursing concepts, nursing technology, and advanced nursing practices. Students will have the chance to integrate theories and methods learned throughout the program in the development of a project addressing a health promotion or disease prevention issue.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

224 quarter credits (180 RN quarter credits, 44 MSN quarter credits).

Financial Aid Available:

Students enrolled in Capella University have several opportunities to reduce their tuition costs, including employer reimbursement programs, veterans benefit programs, tuition discounts through corporate alliances, U.S. Armed Forces education benefits, and credit transfers. Federal and non-federal loans and grants are available to qualifying students. Capella-funded scholarships are also available.

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Required Courses for the RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

  • BSN 4001: Orientation to Baccalaureate Nursing (6 quarter credits)
  • BSN 4002: Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration (6 quarter credits)
  • BSN 4008: Organizational and Systems Management for Quality Outcomes (6 quarter credits)
  • BSN 4010: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations (6 quarter credits)
  • BSN 4012: Nursing Leadership and Management (6 quarter credits)
  • MSN 6000: Orientation to Graduate Nursing Study (4 quarter credits)
  • MSN 6013: Principles of Advanced Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)
  • MSN 6015: Nursing Technology and Evidence-Based Practice (4 credits)

Specialization Courses

  • BSN 4014: Global Perspectives of Community and Public Service (6 quarter credits)
  • BSN 4016: Pharmacology for Patient Safety (6 quarter credits)
  • BSN 4017: Collaborative Group Process for Nursing Professionals (6 quarter credits)

Capstone Course

  • BSN 4020: Nursing Capstone Project (6 quarter credits)

General Education Courses

Students need a total of 45 general education credits. Choose a minimum of 6 credits from each category, plus an additional 21 credits from any of the categories.

  • Choose a minimum of 6 communication credits:
    • ENG 1000: English Composition (6 quarter credits)
    • ENG 2000: Research Writing (6 quarter credits)
    • ENG 3300: Business and Technical Writing (6 quarter credits)
    • COM 1000: Public Speaking (3 quarter credits)
    • COM 2000: Intercultural Communication (6 quarter credits)
    • COM 2050: Visual Design in Communications (3 quarter credits)
    • COM 3200: Leadership, Gender, and Communication (6 quarter credits)
    • COM 3700: Conflict Resolution (6 quarter credits)
    • COM 4100: Media and Culture (3 quarter credits)
  • Choose a minimum of 6 humanities credits:
    • ART 2000: Art History Survey (6 quarter credits)
    • HUM 1000: Introduction to the Humanities (6 quarter credits)
    • HUM 1055: Approaches to Studying Religions (3 quarter credits)
    • HUM 3300: Global Multiculturalism and World Religions (6 quarter credits)
    • LIT 2001: Introduction to Literature: Short Stories (3 quarter credits)
    • LIT 2100: Women's Literature (3 quarter credits)
    • PHI 1000: Introduction to Philosophy (6 quarter credits)
    • PHI 1000: Introduction to Philosophy (6 quarter credits)
    • PHI 2000: Ethics (6 quarter credits)
    • PHI 2050: Human Nature and Ethics (3 quarter credits)
    • PHI 2100: Introduction to Logic (6 quarter credits)
    • PHI 3200: Ethics in Health Care (6 quarter credits)
  • Choose a minimum of 6 natural science and mathematics credits:
    • BIO 1000: Human Biology (6 quarter credits)
    • BIO 1050: Biology and Society (3 quarter credits)
    • BIO 2000: Environmental Health (6 quarter credits)
    • CHM 1000: Chemistry for Changing Times (6 quarter credits)
    • CHM 1050: Chemistry and the Environment (3 quarter credits)
    • PHY 1000: Introduction to Astronomy (6 quarter credits)
    • MAT 1050: College Algebra (6 quarter credits)
    • MAT 1051: Pre-Calculus (6 quarter credits)
    • MAT 2001: Statistical Reasoning (6 quarter credits)
    • MAT 2050: Statistical Literacy (3 quarter credits)
    • MAT 2051: Discrete Mathematics (6 quarter credits)
  • Choose a minimum of 6 social science credits:
    • ECO1050: Microeconomics (6 quarter credits)
    • ECO1051: Macroeconomics (6 quarter credits)
    • HIS1000: Immigrants in the American City (3 quarter credits)
    • HIS3200: History of Health Care in America (3 quarter credits)
    • HIS4100: Critical Aspects of American History (3 quarter credits)
    • PSYC1000: Introduction to Psychology (6 quarter credits)
    • POL1000: The Politics of American Government (6 quarter credits)
    • POL2000: Globalization (6 quarter credits)
    • SOC1000: Introduction to Human Society (6 quarter credits)
    • SOC2000: Cultural Diversity (6 quarter credits)
    • SOC3400: Social Deviance (6 quarter credits)
  • General Education Electives (21 quarter credits)

Elective Courses

  • Students choose 39 quarter credits of undergraduate course electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Capella University's RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option program could seek career advancement opportunities in their current place of employment or in other medical settings. They might pursue jobs as nursing managers or administrators in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, home care companies, or group medical offices.

Positions graduates may pursue include:

  • Director of nursing
  • Head nurse
  • Nurse manager/administrator
  • Nurse specialist

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