Capella University Announces RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option

  Capella University Announces RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option

The accelerated pathway allows RNs to earn both a BSN and an MSN in just over
                                 three years

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- April 29, 2013

Capella University, an accredited online university* that has built its
reputation by providing high-quality online degree programs for working
adults, has announced a new nursing offering, the RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined
Option. This accelerated pathway allows RNs to earn both a Bachelor of Science
in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in just over three
years and save $4,500 in tuition costs compared to pursuing each degree
separately. Capella’s BSN and the MSN programs are both accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)**.

“There is a growing trend for registered nurses to advance their education
beyond an associate’s degree, and some health care institutions are now
requiring a BSN,” said Capella’s director of nursing and health care, Lonnie
Wederski, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN. “Capella’s new RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option is a
great choice for associate degree RNs who wish to advance in their careers by
obtaining a BSN as part of the pathway to an MSN. It speeds their progress
toward a master’s degree in nursing while giving them a head start on the
advanced skills they need to practice nursing in today’s increasingly complex
health care environment.”

Capella’s combined option incorporates both the Essentials of Baccalaureate
Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the Essentials of Master’s
Education for Advanced Practice Nursing established by the American
Association of Colleges of Nursing. To qualify for the combined option,
students must enroll in Capella’s BSN and after completing 100 quarter credits
of bachelor’s-level course work, meet the requirements for enrolling in the
combined option. The streamlined RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option allows 12
master’s level credits to be applied to both the BSN and MSN program
requirements, saving $4,500 and up to six months time compared to earning each
degree separately.

Capella Nurses Week $3,000 corporate alliance grant available to eligible
Employees or members of Capella corporate alliance partners are eligible for a
$3,000 Nurses Week Alliance Grant when they enroll as new students and begin
one of Capella’s CCNE-accredited nursing programs by August 5, 2013. Eligible
programs include Capella’s BSN, which is the first step for students
interested in the RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option, as well as Capella’s
RN-to-MSN, MSN,  and Doctor of Nursing (DNP) programs. The grant can be
combined with available alliance discounts to make the degree even more
affordable. Capella has more than 500 education alliance partners, including
national nursing associations and more than 50 health care organizations. For
more information on eligibility, visit

Enrollment now open
To enroll in Capella’s BSN or to learn more about the requirements for the
RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option or the Capella Nurses Week Alliance Grant,
please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552) or email The learning
and career outcomes of Capella’s students and alumni can be found at

Washington residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this option.

About Capella University
Capella University ( is an accredited online university* that
has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for
working adults. About 75 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in
master's or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education,
health administration, homeland security, human resource management, human
services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership,
nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and
social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business,
information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. Within those
areas, Capella currently offers 145 graduate and undergraduate specializations
and 22 certificate programs. More than 36,000 learners were enrolled as of
March 31, 2013, from all 50 states and 61 other countries. Capella is
committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced
business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For
more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA

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* Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a
member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),
Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor,
Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

* *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,


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