Capella University Reviews - Nursing

4.0 out of 5 stars
(33 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $14,579
84% of 33 students said this degree improved their career prospects
76% of 33 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Tim - 10/27/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
lovestofly1972 - 10/6/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"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!"
3.8 out of 5 stars
Ashley m Holsten-O'Bryan - 2/21/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tori - 12/11/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loretta S. - 11/20/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Lisa - 6/19/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Leslie - 5/27/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dr. B - 5/17/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"Outstanding program with appropriate level of rigor. Completion of degree placed me in my ideal professional career position. The faculty and staff are supportive from pre admission counseling through degree completion. Mentor provided guidance at all important junctures."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Linnea W. - 5/15/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jayme Gillette - 1/7/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
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