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 enrollees 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 http://www.capella.edu/tuition-financial-aid/scholarships-grants. 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 email@example.com. The learning and career outcomes of Capella’s students and alumni can be found at www.capellaresults.org. Washington residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this option. About Capella University Capella University (www.capella.edu) 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 http://www.capella.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552). Visit the Capella Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CapellaUniversity. Follow Capella on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CapellaU. * Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org. Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), www.capella.edu. * *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, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation. Contact: Capella University Michael Walsh, 612-977-5661 firstname.lastname@example.org
Capella University Announces RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option
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