Capella University Reviews of Bachelor's in Nursing

  • 14 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,540
89% of 14 students said this degree improved their career prospects
79% of 14 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Bachelor's in Nursing

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  • Reviewed: 10/27/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I worked ahead during my ADN program to have all GE courses out of the way for when I would start with Capella. I transferred the max amount of credits and had only the core nursing courses of the BSN course to complete. I enrolled as a FlexPath learner and finished my BSN in only 4 months (I wasn't working at the time). I am currently working on my MSN with the same satisfaction and success. I have recommended Capella to many of my previous classmates and coworkers and a number have also started/completed it very happily. I had researched extensively, and I mean EXTENSIVELY, BSN programs. Here is what took me to Capella. 1. They accept ACE transfer credits e.g. from Straighterline, Sophia, and Saylor Academy. This saved me many thousands of dollars. 2. I received a promo code from Capella to complete transferable prerequisite courses on Sophia for $99 each. I could do these classes in a week or less each. 3. Capella does not require specific GE/prerequisite courses. Rather, whatever classes you have already taken fit into "categories" of prerequisites. This pretty much means anything you've ever taken before will fit in somewhere. 4. The FlexPath option allows you to complete classes as fast as you are able. You are billed every 3 months. The sooner you finish, the less you pay. 5. If you want to continue on to do an MSN elsewhere that is not competency based, they do not always know how to make sense of the grading system that Capella's FlexPath uses that doesn't give you a GPA but only offers a "Distinguished" "Proficient" "Basic" or "Non-performance" score. Capella does offer however an unofficial translated transcript to accompany your official transcript that shows that "Distinguished" is an "A", "Proficient" is a "B", and "Basic" is a C. This has satisfied the NP school that I am applying to. (They are even accepting Master's level transfer credits from Capella by the way). I had also looked into doing my BSN with Western Governors University who offers similar competency based coursework, but they do NOT offer a translated transcript and that scared me when I thought of applying to an NP program. I highly recommend Capella especially to anyone who is anxious to do their BSN from an accredited school as quickly as possible. Yes, it's a serious exercise in self-study - after all, it's a competency based course which means it's on you, not an instructor."
Ashley m Holsten-O'Bryan
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I still have not graduated but I have completed 4 courses over two "semesters". I have no real complaints. The admission process was 10x more easier than the other two colleges I first planned on attending. Someone said you can only do one course at a time for the flexpath. Not true. They automatically sign you up for one class. YOU choose to do more than one class if YOU want to. It's not like that cap you at only one class a semester. The more classes you take a semester, the quicker you finish and the MORE money you save. No it's not easy. Yes some things are repetitive. But this is actually helping me learn and I am comparing the work my nurse coworker is doing at Eastern Michigan University online, and Capella is better 100%, Also, my grandparent just passed away. This was a a week before the class ended. I had one assignment left. I did complete the assignment. I turned it in on the very LAST day. I know my work was not that great. They were kind enough to see I did amazing with my other work, and that let me pass that assignment, which allowed me to pass the course. I have no affiliation to the school. I just want people to see a legit real review and understand that it's not that bad. It is flexible (I change my own due dates constantly lol), and the staff are educated and kind. The only confusing part is how the financial system works."
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"I was misled, I did not know that all I would be doing is writing a ton of papers in a format I was familiar with. I hated this program and did not finish the first class. Ended up owing them money too at the end of it. Would not recommend this at all. Counselors and professor were no help at all"
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"I will be finishing the RN-BSN program at the end of June 2019. The admission process was actually very simple because of the admission advisors and they will help you every step of the way. They accepted my previous courses quickly and I did not need to take any other courses to start this program which I was very relieved about. I chose the flexpath option and I truly loved it. I am a fast worker and determined to get my BSN. Therefore, in order to get my BSN in 6 months, I had to write 2-3 paper a week. Yes it wasn't fun, but its very much doable! I way also working full time as a nurse. The papers take time and practice to write but you'll be a pro in no time. It was definitely worth it and they want you to succeed so it is very rare for someone to "fail out". The pricing wasn't terrible, depending on how many courses you take a term which was 3 months. I was able to complete 1 course in 2-3 weeks. It wasn't easy but it was WORTH it. Now I am done with school and am very proud of myself. Also, the academic advisors are always there to help and you are not alone."
  • Reviewed: 5/27/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"I had a great experience from beginning to end. The recruiter, coach, tutors, and professors were awesome. The staff was encouraging and supportive the whole way through. I had searched many universities prior to choosing Capella and was so glad I chose well. I am 56 years old and had graduated with a nursing diploma in 1985. What a journey and am so proud of my accomplishment."
Linnea W.
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"If you would have asked me two years ago if I would attend school for a bachelors degree I would have said no. I was completely happy with my associates degree. However, I wanted to change jobs and was looking for a higher level of management position and as it turned out my associates degree was not sufficient. If I wanted a Nurse Manager's position I would need a Bachelors Degree. So, the search for an accredited online university began. In my search I researched different RN - BSN programs, the requirements of attendance, the time-frame for completion, the cost, and my ability to attend while working 50+ hours a week. I was getting very discouraged with my findings. Finally a colleague heard me talking about my futile search for an online university and told me about her experience with Capella. I immediately researched Capella's programs and their reputation. I was very pleased with my findings. I then contacted them and after talking to the registration counselor submitted my transcripts and was soon accepted. Their RN- BSN FlexPath program made getting my Bachelors Degree very easy. I was able to work at my pace, at times completing two courses a quarter. The cost was very reasonable offering a price per quarter not per class, so to save money completing more courses per quarter I was able to keep costs down. The course material was very relevant to being an effective Nurse Leader and is helping me with my new position as Clinical Nurse Manager. I would highly recommend Capella University to anyone who is interested in advancing their degree whether it be online or by attending classes."
Jayme Gillette
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"This "school" is ridiculous. Basically this whole program is a scam. I signed up for the flex path program thinking this would be easier working a 40+ hour job per week and being a single mom. There is absolutely no wiggle room. They have you take one class at a time and basically you write papers while paying them an outrageous amount of money. Most of the papers are irrelevant to the real workplace. I was working on my bachelor's in Nursing, I am already a nurse practicing in my field. This is really just busy work that adds no real education or enhancement of knowledge. I decided to drop 24 hours into a new billing cycle due to problems at home and an increased work load. I fully intended to pick back up in the spring because I am literally 4 classes from my BSN. I just received a letter from an attorney stating that I owe $2700 for being enrolled less than 24 hours. Are you kidding me? What a waste of time and money for mediocre instruction and time wasted on writing senseless/irrelevant papers. Please avoid this school and do your research."
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is okay but the BSN courses were redundant. If you have any tragedies or anything that happens to you in life they are unforgiving and truly run strictly business without any sympathy or compassion. The course work for the different classes were basically the same concept just worded different."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have been an ADN for many years and thought it was time to go back to school. I enrolled in the FlexPath courses for RN-BSN program. Wow, what a great experience. The courses were relevant to my practice, evidence based and required me to use current research. It was interesting to see how the world of nursing has evolved of the years and the courses here made me dig deep and question what I already knew. It wasn't easy to go back to school and it took a lot of will power to stay on track. The courses were not easy, but not too difficult either. The staff at Capella were always there to help if needed and typically took care of any question or concern on the first call. I was impressed and recommend the program to all who want to go back to school, but they would like to do it on their time."
Older student
  • Reviewed: 7/10/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"I used the Flex Path and was very pleased with the flexibility of the courses. I used the tutoring service and the coaching staff. With each class the work was more challenging but there was help if I needed it. I would reccomend Capella University and the Flex Path Program. Its great for the student that works and wants to further their education."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I started 2014, and I thought it will be a waste of my time because I would not graduate now 2016. I graduated with a BSN I am happy and my kids are proud to have a mother to finished. Love my instructors, love my school love to be a Capellan . You won't be wasting your time... Start now."
Cecilia Chavez
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"Obtained by RN to BSN at Capella due in fact that they were accredited and recommended by the ANA. While a lot of writing and reading was expected but a redundancy was able to help me as a reinforce in my learning. Although the cost is not cheap i am proud I did it. I did not need the use of financial aid, an in fact received a discount as a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA). As a Nurse I enjoyed doing my assignments and discussion. Thank you to all my instructors and thank you Capella you were good to me. Love you and you will be in my heart always... Cecilia"
Nurses Rock
  • Reviewed: 7/4/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have been in the RN to BSN program since August 2014. I do wish that the school would offer an option of continuing courses without waiting 3 weeks in between each one. I don’t understand where all the negativity comes from with reading all the posts online. I follow the syllabus, do the research, writing, and posting materials in a timely manner. I’ve not had any problems with professors, counselors, etc. I would highly recommend Capella, but one has to be willing to put in the time and effort to succeed. However, I am disappointed with the level of student academic writing abilities….writing abilities vary significantly within each class."
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"Obtained by RN to BSN at Capella due in fact that they were accredited and recommended by the ANA. While a lot of writing and redundancy, it was no different than the CSU system online programs. While the cost is not cheap, it provides the same curriculum as others. I did not need the use of financial aid, an in fact received a discount as a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) so perhaps others have issues sole due to financial concerns."