Capella University

RN-to-MSN - Nursing Education


225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSN - RN-to-MSN Nursing Education (CCNE-accredited)

Format: Online

Program Description:

A bachelor’s degree is becoming standard for nurses, but you can take your education even further—all the way to your MSN. Prepare to educate the next generation of nursing professionals and bridge your RN to an MSN with Capella’s online, CCNE-accredited RN-to-MSN Nursing Education program. This curriculum is aligned to the National League for Nursing (NLN) Competencies for Nursing Education and also incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing and hands-on practice immersion.

In conjunction with your RN license and 135 quarter credits of undergraduate work, the RN-to-MSN program is the most direct and affordable path to your MSN.

When you enroll in this program, you will have the opportunity to:
• Complete your degree in as little as two-and-a-half years without the additional time and expense of earning a BSN.
• Expand your knowledge of health care systems and policies, patient education, health promotion, and technology integration.
• Learn advanced nursing theory and practice by engaging in coursework that supports the design, delivery, assessment, and evaluation of nursing education programs.
• Use what you learn to earn additional certifications, such as a CNE.*

Capella's nursing education programs let you experience managing real-world nursing education challenges—in our fail-safe, exclusive virtual lab environment.

The Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) is a meaningful nursing certification and credential that demonstrates competencies in all aspects of academic nursing education. When you earn a CNE, you show that your knowledge or nursing education is recognized and professionally credible within the field of nursing.

Learners who successfully complete Capella's RN-to-MSN in Nursing Education may be eligible to sit for the CNE exam offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

The RN-to-MSN Nursing Education specialization is designed to prepare professional nurses for the advanced specialty role of a nursing educator and presents theories, research, and best practices relevant to nursing education. Throughout their course work, learners develop the knowledge and skills required to facilitate learning; design, deliver, evaluate, and assess nursing education programs; and effectively assess and evaluate learners in a variety of educational settings. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to pursue roles as nurse educators in academic and health care settings.

Common jobs with an online RN-to-MSN Nursing Education specialization include: nurse or staff educator, nursing instructor, nursing faculty (adjunct, part or full-time), training and development specialist, patient or clinical educator or professional development specialist. Potential workplaces include: hospital/clinic, long-term care facility, community or technical college, land-based or online college or university, medical center, home health care agency, community agency, insurance company or government—local, state, federal.

*The requirements for the Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education are designed to meet the educational requirements for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential offered by the NLN.

Capella Education Company was named one of Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” for 2014 (Forbes, 2014).


Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Higher Learning Commission:, 800.621.7440 Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Capella participates in Federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide info on other non-federal loan programs.

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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