Capella University Reviews - Nursing Masters
Review of Nursing Masters Degrees
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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't....no 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.
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.