January 2024 University Catalog with April Addendum

Accelerated Master's Pathway, BSN/MSN Option, FlexPath option

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing accredited* degree program (RN-to-BSN) prepares registered nurses for expanded professional nursing practice that impacts patient, systems, and population outcomes. In the program, learners develop and integrate knowledge and skills in patient-centered care, population health, interprofessional collaboration and teamwork, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and informatics. Learners who pursue this degree program through the FlexPath option earn a BSN through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

For more information see the Accelerated Master's Pathways section on the Offering Information page.

Accelerated Master's Pathway, BSN/MSN option, FlexPath option

Learners enrolled in the Accelerated Master's Pathways, BSN/MSN option, FlexPath option complete the following master’s-level courses in lieu of NURS-FPX4020 and NUSR-FPX4030.

Master's-level courses

At least 6 program points

NHS-FPX6004Healthcare Law and Policy


NURS-FPX6011Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health


NURS-FPX6016Quality Improvement of Interprofessional Care


These courses are taken in addition to the general education and remaining required courses.

General Education Requirements

Choose 22.5 program points with a minimum of 2 program points from each category; see General Education Courses, FlexPath option.

Additional Program Requirements

Foundational nursing courses

At least 15 program points

Undergraduate nursing skills coursework totaling 15 program points.†

NHS-FPX4000Developing a Health Care Perspective


NURS-FPX4010Leading People, Processes, and Organizations in Interprofessional Practice


NURS-FPX4020Improving Quality of Care and Patient Safety


NURS-FPX4030Making Evidence-Based Decisions


NURS-FPX4040Managing Health Information and Technology


NURS-FPX4050Coordinating Patient-Centered Care


NURS-FPX4060Practicing in the Community to Improve Population Health


Elective courses

At least 28.5 program points

Choose additional FlexPath undergraduate courses to fulfill total program points.†

Capstone course

At least 3 program points

Taken during the learner’s final quarter

NURS-FPX4900Capstone Project for Nursing



At least 90 program points, including a minimum of 27 program points from the 3000-level and above

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

* 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.

† Learners in this degree program choose general education, foundational nursing, and elective courses from the FlexPath (-FPX) course list.

Capella University is not currently accepting applications for the Accelerated Master's Pathway, BSN/MSN FlexPath option program from Washington residents.

The BSN, FlexPath option degree program requires learners to maintain a current, independently verifiable, and unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

Learners enrolled in a Capella nursing program in the FlexPath learning format will become ineligible to enroll in the MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN-AGPCNP) or MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) specializations if they progress through certain coursework in any of the following courses: NHS-FP6004, NHS-FPX6004, NHS-FP6008, NHS-FPX6008, MSN-FP6011, NURS-FP6011, NURS-FPX6011, MSN-FP6016, NURS-FP6016 or NURS-FPX6016. FlexPath courses cannot be transferred into the MSN-AGPCNP or MSN-FNP specializations. To learn more, contact a Capella coach or call enrollment services at 1.866.736.1751.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.