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MSN - RN-to-MSN Care Coordination (CCNE-accredited)

Licensed RNs seeking a fast-track to a master's degree and who wish to focus on studies in patient care could benefit from Capella University's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in RN-to-MSN Care Coordination program. Read about this online MSN program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in RN-to-MSN Care Coordination

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Strong organizational and collaborative skills are important qualities for applicants to this MSN specialization. Prior to enrollment, prospective students should hold a current RN license and have completed 135 quarter credits of undergraduate coursework. Applicants to Capella University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in RN-to-MSN Care Coordination program at Capella University could explore leadership models and practices for nurse care coordinators. Required bridge courses provide studies in health assessment methods, health promotion and disease prevention approaches, technologies in patient care, and nursing leadership strategies. In specialization courses, students are likely to discuss health informatics, nurse care coordinator responsibilities, privacy and patient rights, and the alignment of care coordination with health care needs. Hands-on experiences in real clinical settings are achieved in the program's practicum and capstone. This MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Learning Format:


Program Length:

66 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in RN-to-MSN Care Coordination:

In addition to 12 credits in bridge courses, students in this program must complete 34 credits in core coursework and 20 credits in the area of specialization. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Bridge Courses (12 credits)

  • Health Assessment and Promotion for Disease Prevention in Population-Focused Health
  • Introduction to Nursing Research, Ethics, and Technology
  • Leadership for Nursing Practice

Core Courses (34 credits)

  • Communication, Collaboration, and Case Analysis for Master's Learners
  • Health Care Law and Policy
  • Economics and Decision Making in Health Care
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health
  • Quality Improvement of Interprofessional Care
  • Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 1
  • Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  • MSN Practicum and Capstone

RN-to-MSN Care Coordination Specialization Courses (20 credits)

  • Introduction to Care Coordination
  • Emerging Health Care Models and Care Coordination
  • Structure and Process in Care Coordination
  • Ethical and Legal Considerations in Care Coordination
  • Leadership in Care Coordination

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have met all of the requirements for the MS in Nursing - RN-to-MSN Care Coordination program, students could go on to pursue a doctorate in the field. A doctoral degree would typically be necessary for careers in academia, research, or the highest levels of management in some institutions. In a doctoral program, students could expect to focus more on advanced management and leadership practices. Doctorates that graduates could seek include the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Doctor of Health Administration.

Career Paths:

After completing the Master of Science in Nursing - RN-to-MSN Care Coordination program, graduates could be prepared to oversee areas of patient care program evaluation, treatment plan design, or family consultations. They might assume positions of management or supervision in clinics, hospitals, or long-term care facilities. They could also work for insurance companies or managed care companies.

Possible job titles for graduates include:

  • Care coordinator
  • Nursing director
  • Patient navigator
  • Nursing case manager
  • Clinical coordinator

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