Capella University Reviews of Master's in Nursing

  • 12 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: $15,233
100% of 12 students said this degree improved their career prospects
75% of 12 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Master's in Nursing

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Rainy LaHaie
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"I took the flex path option for both my BSN and MSN and loved the self paced, competency based program. I wrote almost all my papers on my passion, hospice. I was encouraged to publish several papers by my professors and created a hospital based end of life educational program with my BSN and a college institute high fidelity simulation for my MSN Capstone for the college I teach at. With a full time job and family, I felt this path gave me so much experience and satisfaction as a student. Many students completed their degrees quickly, but I took my time and completed both degrees in a little over 2 years. Tuition was a little over $2000 per semester (covid relief from the college for my BSN and a reduced tuition agreement with my employer). With tuition reimbursement from my employer, my total was around $9,000. Customer service was good for me, though the masters practicum and Capstone took a little digging to figure out. I'm totally satisfied with my decision to attend Capella."
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"Please do not waste your time, energy and/or money on their flexpath program. Coaches offer no guidance and steer you wrong. You do not have autonomy over your academics. Heaven forbid life gets in the way, it is held against you. LOOK ELSEWHERE!!!!!"
Chelsea Rose
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I took the Flex program for my MSN and I am appalled by the treatment I have received from the Academic advisers and financial advisers. I had to take a leave of absence after working the front lines during the peak of COVID and then getting COVID. They told me and supported me with taking a "Leave of Absence", then billed me a FULL TUITION charge for a class I did not complete!! I am so disappointed in the lack of empathy and just decency. I dropped out of the program because of it. I will never recommend to anyone in my field."
  • Reviewed: 10/6/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have nothing but good to say about this school/university. I got both my BSN and MSN here and am about to sign back up for the DNP program. Beware of negative reviews where people complain of not succeeding because that is a direct reflection on them and their study ethic. If you are not a self-starter, self-motivated learner, you won't do well in ANY school. The one who are complaining would complain if they had signed up at Harvard or Yale then complained about how expensive it was. Come on folks....DO THE WORK and put in the time. You WILL succeed. You guys are adults and chances are, you did not accept the responsibility of finding answers to your questions, as that is on YOU as a learner. The classes are not 'easy' but that is not what school is all about. Learning can be challenges but that is a reflection on the learner and not the school. But I digress. I am on to my DNP and I love this university. Congrats to all who have put the time in and succeeded!"
Loretta S.
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"The Capella University on-line program is excellent. My course of study included the Guidepath way; this worked for me because I am an older student who needed the assurance that someone would be there to "guide" me through the on-line process. In particular, the complimentary trial course sealed the deal, because it gave an introduction to the LMS of Blackboard. A user-friendly product, which boosted my confidence level, and allowed me to attain the MSN in Nursing Education at my own pace. I looked forward to each new semester, the discussion posts, the assigned projects, and learning the current issues facing nurses and nursing education. This was the "magic ticket" for me in pursuing my career goal of becoming a Director of Nursing in a local Nursing School. Periodically, an adviser would call and check on me; we would talk about the education path, and if there were any anticipated needs from my end. Financial Aid, was well explained, and I had no billing issues to contend with. Most facilitators were seasoned nursing professionals who offered a lot of guidance and experience. All in all, I worked hard for three years, hit all the high points, and graduated with honors. It was a positive experience, and I was sad to see it end. At some point, I may consider the DNP program. I would look at Capella University, first--because of the positive outcomes attained. I am proud to have the Capella University degree in Nursing Education hanging on my office wall."
Trish Randall
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"My experience with Capella has been wonderful. I have found the professors to be responsive and engaged, and the courses to be challenging. I have not experienced any problems but any time I had to call with a question or speak with my advisor I found my questions were answered quickly and professionally."
Staff RN
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"I transferred to Capella from a "brick-and-mortar" university where I also received my BS degree. I have had better experiences with Capella while obtaining my MSN than I did at my former school (no problems obtaining my BS). The course work at Capella is just as challenging. I appreciate the fact that there are no group assignments like there were at my former school. I work with other people every day at work and have been for years. I don't need the frustration of group assignments to prove that I can collaborate with others. Capella is CCNE accredited just like my former school. Capella also has some great partnerships that my former school doesn't have, such as those with the ANA (American Nurses Association) and HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society-for those interested in informatics). Nurses are offered a 10% discount with an ANA membership. I received a discount with Capella because of my employer and also received a scholarship (it took a few quarters for it to take effect). This brought the cost of my tuition to about what it would've been at my former school. I love the course work. The syllabi and grading rubrics are pretty straight forward. I've learned a lot that I'm able to apply to my current nursing practice and will continue to be able to use in the future. I started out taking one class a quarter to get my feel of the university and just started taking 2 classes so that I can finish sooner. I'm taking my informatics classes now as well and like learning with the addition of Vila Health. Learners are able to interact and request information from members of the health care team just as they would in a real health care setting. Ebooks are included in tuition costs. This is nice, but I have ordered hard copies of some books. I like to be able to actually flip the pages and highlight myself with some things. I also want to add that the practicum requirement for my program is the same that it is at the school that I transferred from. I will be eligible to apply for and take the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Nursing Informatics Certification Exam upon program completion, the same as at my former school. I don't feel cheated in any way by coming to Capella. I have had nothing but good experiences with Capella."
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"So I did the RN to MSN program with Capella university and I must say it was a overall good experience. I had one class in which I would have my papers reviewed before I submitted them and twice received a grade of 50 with no real explanation and that was discouraging. But aside from that one class and professor (I requested not to have them again for any future classes) my experience was good. If I had questions or concerns I could always reach out to the professors. If they felt I was lacking in a area they would coach me on how to better improve my writing and studying tactics. They also turned out to be great resources when it came time to learning how to conduct research. I'm strongly considering continuing on with them for a PhD. This has been a good experience that has now made me eligible to do other jobs and work at magnet hospitals. Thank you Capella for this chance to earn my education and prove to employers that I am worth the investment."
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have completed only 2 classes with this school. So far my admission, financial aid, snd response time to emails or phone messages has been top notch. I have received amazing support and speedy service. I will continue to review as i continue with my journey. Thus far, I highly recommend this school for nursing programs."
Kathy Aanonsen
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"Similar to other reviews, I cannot understand why some reviewers have given Capella bad - and some terrible - reviews. I've been with Capella University for a few years, and the only issue I can honestly say I have is with the changes made in how we obtain our text books... That's it. Otherwise, each and every one of my instructors have been phenomenal - granted, some more than others - but all were wonderful in their own right and each had their strengths. But, they all had a great deal of experience, were knowledgeable, and eager to share and support learners in succeeding. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Advising Staff if I tried. My advisor(s) are extremely helpful, go above and beyond, and on the rare occasion I don't hear back from them - it is only due to a time off situation, such as vacation, sick, etc. My advisor gets back to me as soon as she possibly can - and it never takes a long time; and always able to resolve my issue or help me out. I don't know how the instructors are in other programs - just in graduate nursing. Therefore, I cannot say 'every' Capella instructor is fabulous - but I can say that the MSN nursing instructors are - for sure."
Horrified Student
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have to have a graduate date to review, but I did not stay with this college. The class I took when I started my master's was easy. The financial aid office messed up my money situation. They did not tell me, I had to find this out after it was too late. I tried multiple times to get it straightened out, and spent countless hours on the phone with different departments. No help. Finally, I quit and enrolled in a normal school with a great support system. I am left owing them money for their mistake and they will not take any responsibility. They want their money (side note: the course I am paying for is not accepted by any other university so it means nothing) and that is that. They sent me a bill, I made a small payment but they sent me to collections anyway. I asked how they can, legally, send someone to collections who is paying and they said the bill was to be paid in full and that I had to set up a formal payment plan with them, but I didn' one ever told me that. The business office has very rude people that do not care about the student. I would NEVER recommend Capella for this reason. When the financial aid office doesn't understand what they are doing, it can set you up for financial ruin. And when the university doesn't care about you, except for your money, that is a tragedy."
Laurel, Capella Staff
Responded: 9/6/2016

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MSN. ed grad
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"As a recent graduate of Capella's MSN program (nursing education), I would like to say the curriculum prepared me for my teaching role. While enrolled, the college where I work went through a board of nursing accreditation. The concepts learned helped me prepare for that process. I found the instructors to be very knowledgeable in their field and always willing to help. They always provided timely feedback when needed and when personal issues arose, were willing to work with me. I put in a lot of effort towards my studies and I am proud of the grades received even if I did not earn an A due to subpar work. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in pursing higher education."