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BS in Psychology, General Psychology, FlexPath Option

Undergraduate learners in the General Psychology specialization integrate psychology knowledge with associated skills by engaging in a curriculum that presents fundamental psychological concepts, theories, empirical findings, and historical trends. In particular, learners focus on social, abnormal, positive, and biological psychology and lifespan development, motivation and performance, learning and cognition, research methodology, culture and diversity, and ethics. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to build on their knowledge and skills at the graduate level or pursue careers in a variety of settings, including education, public service, law enforcement and corrections, business, human development, and rehabilitation and mental health. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn a BS in Psychology through self-paced demonstrations of competencies. These specialization requirements are not designed or intended to meet professional licensure requirements for the counseling or psychology professions.

General Education Requirements

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

Required courses:

Additional Program Requirements

Core courses - At least 33 program points

In addition, choose 6 program points of undergraduate psychology courses. †

Elective courses - At least 31.5 program points

Complete at least 31.5 program points of additional undergraduate courses. †

Capstone course - At least 3 program points

Taken during the learner’s final quarter: 

At least 90 program points, including a minimum of 27 program points from the 3000/4000 level

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

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.

† Learners in this specialization choose general education, undergraduate psychology, and elective courses from the FlexPath (-FPX) course list.

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


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The Doctoral Journey

The Doctoral Journey

The road to a doctoral degree can be challenging to navigate. But it’s also exciting and highly rewarding. This easy-to-follow guide provides the information you need to know to get there, from enrollment and first steps to graduation and beyond.

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Research, writing, and critical thinking.

Final Project

Getting started, why you're here.

Choosing to pursue a doctoral degree is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make.

You want this achievement as much as you’ve ever wanted anything in your life. But fear of the unknown and self-doubt may be holding you back. What’s the right school? What’s the right program? Are you really ready for the challenge? Can you make the time commitment? Can you make the grade? And do you have the stamina to make it through?

You’re not alone. Many students who have taken on this challenge have wrestled with the same questions.

Can you make your dream of earning a doctoral degree come true? You’ll never know unless you take the first steps.

This guide is a map of the process and an invitation to explore your options. It will show you what to expect at every stage of the doctoral experience, from choosing a program and taking courses online, to researching, writing, taking exams, and completing your final project.

You’ll also hear from graduates from various programs describing the doctoral experience in their own words. And you’ll learn why support and structure are critical to your success.

We’ve designed this guide to answer your questions as clearly and thoroughly as possible.  Feel free to read it from start to finish, or skip to the chapters that most interest you.

Good luck on your journey.

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Some important decisions come early in the doctoral process. Here’s information to help you weigh all your options.


Enrolling in a doctoral program is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. Choosing the right school, the right program, the right time to begin—there are so many critical aspects to consider. To get on the right path from the very beginning, it helps to start with the end in mind.


There are two kinds of doctoral degrees: PhDs and professional doctorates. Deciding which is right for you depends, in part, on how you want to use your education, and the standards in your professional field. The kind of research that most interests you should also play a part in your decision.

Some people believe that a PhD prepares you to teach, while a professional doctorate is geared toward a professional career. That’s true in many cases,  but it’s also an oversimplification. Leaders in many corporate and nonprofit roles hold PhDs, and many individuals with professional doctorates serve on college and university faculties. That’s why you need to think carefully about how you will use your doctoral degree as you advance your career.


The main differences between PhDs and professional doctorates show up in two areas:

Research Focus: Original or Applied? PhD students are expected to create, expand, and contribute to knowledge, research, and theory in their field of study. This kind of discovery is often called original research.

Professional Doctorate students are expected to expand and apply existing knowledge and research to existing problems in their professional field. This is often referred to as applied research. 

Final Deliverable: Dissertation or Project? PhD students  summarize the findings of their research in a five-chapter paper called a dissertation. At completion, they must defend their work in front of a faculty committee. The dissertation is ultimately published and shared with other scholars in the field and the general public.

Professional Doctorate students present their research in one of a variety of forms including projects, portfolios, journal articles, or even dissertations. In some instances, students are required to defend their work in front of a faculty committee.

Capella offers many resources to help you get started on your doctoral path, from understanding your degree options to selecting your program, and enrolling in your classes.

Enrollment counselors These specialists can outline the differences between our PhD and professional doctorate programs and help you identify the specific program that meets your goals. They can also help you with the admissions process and financing.

Community and networking groups Capella facilitates connections through LinkedIn and Facebook pages, the Capella University Open Forum, and closed discussion groups. Via Campus, Capella’s online hub of learning resources, you can interact with other program participants or learn from Capella alumni.

Career Center Capella’s Career Center can help you with questions about whether to choose a PhD or a professional doctorate. Additionally, the center’s staff can assist you with investigating potential career paths after you get your degree.

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.

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Taking courses in a doctoral program is a unique experience, and knowing what to expect offers a big advantage.


Taking courses in a doctoral program will be challenging. You’ll be exploring topics at a level beyond what you’ve experienced in a master’s program. You’ll be juggling a busy schedule and spending a lot of time studying on your own. Let’s look at what the coursework phase of your online doctoral program will entail.

Through your coursework, you’ll develop skills to think more critically. You’ll learn to conduct research, analyze scholarly literature, and write clearly and with impact. These skills are vital to your success as you work on your final project, whether it’s a dissertation, a doctoral capstone, or something else.


Doctoral coursework—and the time it takes to complete it—varies by institution and academic discipline. Before you enroll in a program, you’ll want to get a solid understanding of how many classes are required and how many years the program typically takes. At Capella, most students are working adults with families, taking one course per 10-week period. Some may take two if they have additional time or want to move more quickly through the program.

In many traditional doctoral programs, students typically wait until completing their coursework to begin the independent research or project phase of their degree; however at Capella, students start collecting materials for their final project early on. Focusing on the final project from the beginning gives students a leg up when they transition into self-guided research. Rather than starting from scratch, they already have a solid base of research to build on.

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Doctoral coursework is complex and challenging; Capella offers resources to help.

Faculty Your instructors evaluate your performance as you navigate your coursework. They are experienced mentors who are familiar with the environments where you may someday work, and bring connections to the classroom.

Academic advisors Your advising support team plays a key role in your success at Capella. Academic coaches provide personalized guidance, motivation, and strategies for navigating problems. They can recommend resources and solutions for any challenges you encounter.

Learning and study strategy tools Campus, Capella’s online hub for student resources, has information and tutorials on managing your time, improving your writing, mastering APA style, setting up a study space, and troubleshooting technical issues. It’s available 24/7 to Capella students.

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Doctoral work requires students to push the limits of their knowledge and understanding, and strive for excellence in these key areas.


Many who consider a doctoral program are uncertain about their ability to conduct their own research and write at the doctoral level. You may share these feelings and wonder if you have what it takes to be successful. Knowing what to expect, and that you’re surrounded by structure and support can help you feel confident moving forward.

Students in undergraduate and master’s degree programs develop and deepen their understanding of the world by reading papers, books, and other materials. Doctoral students go one step further: rather than just studying existing research, they develop questions, methodologies, and studies that lead to exciting discoveries or new applications of research within their field.

As a doctoral student, you will be immersed in three key activities: research, writing, and critical thinking. Each component depends upon and informs the others. You’ll gather research and develop questions. Refining those questions and finding answers requires critical thinking. Communicating answers requires writing skills, and the process of writing unearths additional questions. Research begins anew to answer those questions, and critical thinking and writing follow.

Developing a Plan During this phase, you’ll decide on a topic for your doctoral project. You’ll read numerous articles, think critically about the research and theories in your field, and create an outline for your project. You’ll work closely with faculty mentors to refine your overall approach and methodologies. Careful attention to detail and strategy during this phase will help ensure that the results of your research are sound, rigorous, and useful.

Reviewing the Ethics of Your Project Before embarking on your research, you must receive the approval of an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB, which consists of faculty experts, makes sure you are adhering to federal and professional ethics standards in the collection and analysis of data.

Collecting and Analyzing Data This phase takes many forms, depending on your area of focus. Doctoral students in education may gather data on the application or effectiveness of a pedagogical approach. A PhD candidate in business might survey employees about the factors that impact their leadership. Nursing students might apply theory in leading and managing in the health care environment.


First Drafts and More Most final projects for doctoral programs result in a publishable paper. PhDs write dissertations; professional doctorates may develop articles or written analyses. Regardless of the final project, all doctoral students in every discipline must develop solid writing skills.

At times you may feel overwhelmed about writing. You‘re not alone. Writing is a demanding practice that involves drafting, receiving feedback, revising, and proofreading. But if you embrace the process and use the resources available at your institution to continually improve your writing abilities, you’ll be successful.

Checking Citations As an independent scholar, you will want to establish the academic integrity of your work. It’s critical that you appropriately credit the work of others and that your research and scholarship are based on ethical practices and sound principles. Even an honest error could have significant ramifications and must be avoided. Rest assured your courses, faculty, writing center, and IRB are here to support you along the way.

Making Revisions As you enter the advanced phase of your doctoral program, you’ll spend more time revising and editing your work. Keep in mind that revision is much more than proofreading. It’s a process that ensures you’ve developed and supported your ideas, conveyed them convincingly, and addressed the appropriate audience. Even the most talented writers must revise and polish their work. It takes time, but it’s an integral part of the writing process, and can often be the most creative and rewarding.

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Critical thinking is perhaps the most important skill that you’ll develop in the course of your doctoral studies. The core elements of critical thinking at the doctoral level involve the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference, and explanation of information.

A master’s can give you a deep understanding of a particular subject area, but doctoral work can help you make connections that are not always obvious. You will analyze and interpret different sources of information to draw your own conclusions—and learn to defend those conclusions with sound data and arguments.

Capella provides students with access to materials and experts who can further their research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Research Faculty Capella’s doctoral faculty members are deeply committed to research and are specialists in their fields. They help students choose their topics and direct their research.

Writing Center The writing center has the advanced information and hands-on practice material that doctoral students need to improve, shape, edit, and revise their writing, both during coursework and while engaged in their final project.

Library Capella’s library has a wealth of books, articles, journals, and online databases. University librarians are readily available to answer questions.

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Part of coursework, the residencies required of some doctoral programs offer an exciting chance to engage and connect with others in the discipline.


Going through a doctoral program at an online university is not a solitary process. To the contrary, interaction with peers and faculty is a key part of the experience.

To facilitate group discussions and one-on-one conversations with others in your chosen field, some online universities—like Capella—require doctoral students to participate in residencies and at Capella most programs are virtual residencies. Virtual residencies provide the direction, motivation, and detailed feedback that allow you to refine your focus, develop your research, and shape your final project.

Not all programs require virtual residencies—you’ll have to check if yours does. But truly worthwhile and rewarding.

During your virtual residencies, you are required to participate in synchronous sessions where you will meet one-on-one with faculty. You also have opportunities to interact with consultants from your school’s research and writing groups, along with members of the Institutional Review Board, which approves all research projects. During these virtual residencies, you can obtain many of the approvals you’ll need for research topics and methodologies. You’ll make significant progress in the early part of your program and gain confidence that you’re on the right track toward completing your degree.

The Content of Virtual Residency Each experience will vary according to your program’s focus and requirements, but the following are examples of topics and skills covered:

These experiences complement your coursework, and help you meet milestones as you develop a research plan for your dissertation or doctoral capstone project.

Capella provides lots of resources during virtual residency experiences.

Faculty Faculty mentors facilitate virtual residencies, guiding students as they identify their research focus and refine their questions and methodologies. The synchronous sessions deepen the connections between students and faculty.

Librarians Few resources are as helpful to doctoral candidates as the Capella librarians, who know how to access countless articles, books, databases, and more. They participate in Capella virtual residencies and are accessible via email and phone to assist doctoral students.

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The Comprehensive Exam

A rigorous test for PhD students as they move from coursework into the dissertation phase of the doctoral journey. 


One notable difference between PhD and professional doctorate programs is this: PhD students must pass a comprehensive exam before they can embark on the independent research phase of their doctoral journey. If you’re set on earning a professional doctorate instead of a PhD, feel free to skip to the next chapter of this guide.

The comprehensive exam can be a big hurdle for people in PhD programs. But the more prepared you are, the better you’ll perform. Your coursework will provide you with a firm foundation for the comprehensive exam, and that should give you confidence. Let’s understand the facts about comprehensive exams for doctoral students.

The nature of the comprehensive exam will vary by school and program. At some schools, comprehensive exams may involve an oral exam or a review of your academic portfolio. A common format is a written test, like the three-question examination that Capella uses. The questions vary, but they always assess the depth and breadth of your knowledge, particularly related to your dissertation topic.

Possible Requirements

What the Exam Involves Faculty members are looking for verification that students are thoroughly grounded in their field and ready to begin their final project. To that end, comprehensive exam questions are usually focused on a set of fundamental questions.

Students at Capella are given 28 days to complete the test. The exam is then graded by a team of faculty experts. At Capella, three instructors read the exam and provide a score and feedback.

Your coursework is designed to prepare you for the comprehensive exam. Success depends on your ability to stay motivated, manage anxiety and stress, develop and implement a plan for completing the exam, and manage your time. While completing the comprehensive exam is a significant milestone for every PhD student, you should feel confident that your hard work and the instruction provided by faculty members will give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Capella offers unique support tools for students taking the comprehensive exam.

Comprehensive Examination Manual To fully prepare students for the comprehensive examination, Capella publishes a manual that outlines the general test process, offers tips for success, and explains the grading protocols.

Library Although students are forbidden from accessing outside resources while working on comprehensive exams, using the Capella library is not only allowed, it’s essential. Students have access to librarians, specialty publications, and online databases.

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Whether a dissertation or a doctoral capstone, your final project will be your most significant accomplishment.

Completing a final project in a doctoral program will be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your academic career.  Contributing new knowledge or applications to your field of study is an important achievement, and it will take time, hard work, and perseverance.

Let’s have a look at the process and hear from those who have gone before you.

All doctoral degrees require students to complete a final project. Successfully finishing the final project demonstrates a student’s mastery of these key doctoral competencies:

For PhD candidates, the final project is a dissertation. Some professional doctorate programs also require students to complete a dissertation, but more often than not, such degrees culminate in a doctoral capstone.

Here’s how the two compare:

dissertation capstone comparison


At the close of their program, doctoral students present their work to a committee of faculty experts.

For PhD students, the committee members ask questions about their work and approve the dissertation for publication. The questions can be challenging and probing—but after immersing themselves in research for so long, students are well prepared with detailed answers to the committee members’ questions. Once successfully completed, the dissertation is published and made accessible to others in the field.

Professional doctorate students at Capella also have their doctoral capstone reviewed by a faculty mentor and committee. The committee reviews the work to ensure it meets Capella’s expectations for style and rigor. Upon approval of the final project, a student is eligible to receive a doctoral degree.

Capella offers plenty of resources for students as they complete their final projects.

Faculty Capella instructors assist you at every step as you develop your final project. They evaluate your work, outline the process, guide you in submitting information to the IRB, and serve as your sounding board as you choose your committee.

Special Resources and Tools You'll find a wealth of materials regarding the dissertation/doctoral capstone process on Campus, Capella’s online hub for learning resources, including a milestone guide, dissertation calculator, dissertation manual, and more.

Quantitative Skills Center The center provides resources and live support in math, statistics, and other quantitative skill areas. Strengthening such skills can help boost your research, problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking abilities.

Writing Center The writing center has the information and hands-on practice material that you need to shape, improve, and revise your writing both during your coursework and your final project.

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Obtaining your doctoral degree often brings a rush of personal pride. And what you do with it can significantly impact your career, an organization…maybe even the entire world.


By earning a doctoral degree you will have done something very special. Only a tiny fraction of the world’s population has achieved this level of academic distinction. And while you’ll most certainly celebrate your success, earning your degree is not the end. It’s the beginning.

Joining the elite group of scholars brings a feeling that‘s reserved for a select few, and the opportunity to become who you were always meant to be.

Commencement is a time for successful doctoral students and their guests to come together and mark the completion of the doctoral journey. It features the time-honored ceremony where a faculty member places a doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, symbolizing the transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next. The student has become a master, capable of teaching or sharing his or her expertise with others.

Capella helps students celebrate their achievements and take their next career steps.

Career Center Capella’s career center can help you with thoughtful and strategic career planning—from your first day at Capella, and long after you graduate.

Alumni Association Once your degree is conferred, you become a member of Capella’s Alumni Association, which promotes connections among alumni and offers engagement opportunities and career support for professional development.

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Eager to begin? Here’s what you need to know to get the ball rolling—from enrollment to financing your education.

Think about what kind of education you want. How will you use it? How much time do you have to devote to learning? To calculate the return on investment of your education, you’ll need to be clear about your degree focus and the impact it could have on your earning potential. Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics website to get a sense of average salaries in your career field or your geographic area .

Admission Into Your Doctoral Program The requirements for applying to a doctoral program vary, according to the institution and program. Most institutions, including Capella, require an application with basic information, as well as an application fee. Some schools may require additional items, such as letters of recommendation, a resume, college or university transcripts, or a personal statement or essay.

Figuring out how to pay for your doctoral education can be challenging. But every year many people investigate and answer the questions that come with funding higher education. With the right information, you can guide yourself to smart decisions. Click here to find out more about financing your education.


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You’ll have the opportunity to get familiar with our courseroom during your University Orientation Seminar. Once your application is accepted, you’ll automatically be enrolled in Orientation, which you’ll complete before your first course begins.

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Enrollment Counselor Our enrollment counselors are experienced consultants who take the time to understand your interests and ambitions. They can help you select the best program for your goals, guide you through the admissions process, and answer your questions about financing your degree.

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Throughout the duration of this psychology capstone project (PSYC4900), learners were required to write 5 self-determined short essays on various psychological topics. This paper is a compilation of topics on postpartum depression; prejudice and minorities; the banning of hijabs in French schools; academic dishonesty; and professional goals, choices, values, and life experiences. Essays include such activities as analyzing research data, thinking critically, viewing cultural competency, evaluating ethics, and organizing a career portfolio. It should be noted that because of the absence of citations, the capstone project’s journaling activities have been generally omitted for the sake of promoting scholasticism. In addition, this manuscript is not a thesis and is not presented in its original form; rather, it has been edited significantly since its submission for grammar and formatting.

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Master of Science in Psychology

Advance your career in mental health

Our practitioner-scholar approach is designed to teach you to apply theoretical and research knowledge to the practice of psychology. Your program begins with foundation courses from faculty who are also seasoned professionals in the field. Some specializations include residency and clinical experiences, where you can apply what you've learned.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for the School Psychology specialization and for all other psychology specializations combined. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course – the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they've learned.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Applies ethical principles and standards of psychology to academic and professional activities.

Applies theoretical and research findings from the discipline of psychology to professional and academic activities.

Communicates psychological concepts effectively using the professional standards of the discipline.

Determines the scientific merit of the professional literature.

Embraces, respects, and responds to individual differences and diversity in the practice of psychology.

Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological profession.

Outcome Demonstrations Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 - Q1 2018 capstone courses

Master of Science (MS) in Psychology specializations

Quality and Professional Relevance

1 Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states. Where applicable, teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether a program may qualify for salary advancement. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School's website (Washington state learners are advised to go to: http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information).

Master of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Psychology degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of h ow alumni are using their degrees.

       Career Preparation MS in Psychology Graduates  

Career Preparation MS in Psychology Graduates

 The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career : 74%

 My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions : 74%

 Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession : 67%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree." Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments  MS in Psychology Graduates

Career and Professional Accomplishments MS in Psychology Graduates

 Made a significant contribution to my profession : 41%

 Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers : 46%

 Assumed leadership responsibilities : 43%

 Received a salary increase : 43%

 Received a promotion : 47%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Psychology degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction With Capella MS in Psychology Graduates

Satisfaction with Capella MS in Psychology Graduates

 I have or intend to recommend Capella : 76%

 I am satisfied with my Capella education : 84%

 Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree : 78%

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively. Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities MS in Psychology Graduates

Skills & Abilities  MS in Psychology Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 95%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 98%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 98%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 98%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 95%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 98%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 98%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 95%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 98%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 98%

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job. Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

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One of the basic principles of education is to organize the learning process in such a way as to recognize and develop students’ abilities as much as possible, as well as to teach their independence. This requires an individual approach to each student to determine the availability of skills for research work, to create motivation to encourage them. After all, it is education that determines the attitude towards science in society.

UTA RN BSN capstone is a scientific work that is carried out to increase future nurses’ professional skills. In the article, they use facts, exponents that they made themselves, and the experience they gained.

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BSN capstone paper is a scientific work that demonstrates the level of your knowledge on a given topic. Also, it is the project that will characterize you as a literate, executive student. Many believe that the project is the most challenging task, but the big problem for many students is the choice of the future research topic.

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with BSN nursing capstone project ideas. The idea of your work should be modern, in-demand, meaningful for society. If we take a topic that has not been studied enough, we may face a shortage of literature and specialists who could give useful advice. On the other hand, if you take a topic that has already been researched, you will not invent anything new there, and therefore the number of points for the work will be lower.

BSN capstone project examples: Possibilities of using design methods in nursing. Research methods applied in medicine and health care allow nurses to participate in the process of scientific research activities. Therefore, practical nurses should have basic training in research methods and skills in interpreting and evaluating research results.

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Capella University is a private online university in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded in 1993 and had over 24,000 adult professionals studying online at the university.

Applicants are offered bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business, technology, education, social services, psychology, information technology, nursing, public safety, criminal justice, gerontology, clinical psychology, and personnel management. Capella University BSN capstone project is one of the primary assignments for students.

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BSN nursing capstone project examples: Nursing management. Students should understand the main differences between the concepts of “management” and “governance.” Management is a broader concept that characterizes complex systems’ ability to maintain a particular mode of functioning, to organize, to implement development programs, and to achieve specific goals. Management is the management of social and economic processes in an organization to increase its competitiveness.

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Capstone project ideas for the BSN program:

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Society has a wide enough list of requirements for a modern specialist. The ability of graduates to independently obtain knowledge from various sources systematize the information received, and assess a specific professional situation is of great importance. This skill is formed during the training through the student’s participation in practical classes, performing control tasks and tests, preparing projects, writing essays, and term papers.

The purpose of the BSN capstone project writing is:

The objective is a general description of the expected results and expectations, the highest point of achievement to which the student aspires during project implementation. The goal is a way of acting to achieve the desired result.

The goal should be formulated in such a way that its achievement entirely solves the problem. The formulation of the objective should be based on the wording of the question. It can be said that the goal is the opposite of the problem.

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BSN nursing capstone project is associated with scientific research and experimentation. With its help, students receive new information and test hypotheses that exist in society and nature. The implementation of the project is associated with the creation of theoretical and practical parts. They are quite voluminous. In the first part, the student shows how well he knows the theory, and in the second, he applies knowledge in practice. Both elements must be logically related. Therefore, BSN capstone writing services are ready to help you.

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Walden mph & capella mph: side-by-side comparison.

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Walden and Capella offer a couple of the most popular online MPH programs available, so it was just a matter of time before we gave a little space on our website to a side-by-side comparison.

We don’t rank these MPH programs or make the claim that one is better than the other. In fact, as we found out, the Capella and Walden programs have more similarities than differences. With virtually identical per-credit costs and comparable graduation rates, public health grad students won’t find it easy to pick one or the other on the basis of cost or student outcomes alone.

Both schools are well respected in the online education space, and both offer solid MPH options that cater to the needs of working grad students looking for the flexibility of an online program. Based on our side-by-side comparison, you can’t go wrong earning your MPH through either Walden or Capella.

Walden University

The Walden University MPH program consists of 64 total quarter hours, which includes a public health foundational course, core courses, practicum and capstone and ePortfolio. There is no GRE required to enter the program, and it can be completed full time in two years.

Some of the required courses in this MPH program are:

All students are required to complete both a practicum in their local community and a capstone project.

Capella University

The interprofessional approach of Capella University ‘s online MPH will help you collaborate across disciplines to develop solutions to public health issues, create healthy communities and environments, and establish strategies for health access for diverse populations. You’ll expand your knowledge of public health concerns, grow your leadership skills, and learn to use your strengths to lead at the top of your field.

Favorite Features

Our favorite features for both MPH programs have been outlined below.

Low per-credit cost

We like the fact that an in-demand technical degree such as the MPH can be earned at an affordable price. Walden University charges $480 per credit hour. This means that the total cost for the entire program – assuming you have no transfer credits – is an affordable $30,720.

This relatively inexpensive rate means that many students will not have to take on a high level of college debt to graduate.

GRE scores are not needed to apply

It is common for many universities to mandate standardized test scores today for students to be considered for admission. However, modern research often suggests that high scores on the GRE or GMAT examination do not necessarily show that the student will have success in graduate school.

Walden University does not consider GRE scores for students to be accepted at the university. Instead, it focuses its admissions decision process on your bachelor’s degree transcripts, work history and writing samples. Recommendations also play a critical role.

School features helpful GuidedPath system

Capella University knows that today’s grad students need an online program that’s going to fit in their busy schedule, without having to give up the benefit of instructor interaction and guidance. That’s why Capella created GuidedPath, a unique system that gives you both the structure and flexibility you need to earn your MPH, and finish the program on time.

With GuidedPath, you get the flexibility of being able to log-in and access lectures and course content any time day or night. But this unique program also follows a set time-line for completing coursework, and sticks to a schedule that has definite start and end dates for each quarter.

This unique delivery method allows you to attend classes on your own time, while still being calendar driven so that you never fall behind. Regular guidance and feedback from instructors, along with weekly message board discussions with faculty and classmates, helps keep you on schedule and ensures you always have the support you need to understand the material and complete your assignments on time.

Reasonable cost

Capella also features affordable rates at only $500 per credit hour, with the total price coming in at $30,000.

Students may take one to three courses per each quarter, and up to 16 credits can be transferred from another university, if they are approved.

Least Favorite Features

Least favorite features for each program are below. Note that neither program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Walden has applied for CEPH accreditation but it is still pending. This means that all MPH graduates from these programs must have at least five years of post-undergraduate public health work experience if you want to sit for the voluntary Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential.

It also means that some employers may question the quality of these degrees because they lack CEPH accreditation.

Average graduation rate

The overall graduation rate of Walden University is 26%, which is fairly average. This suggests that a high number of students either do not complete their degree program or they transfer to another university.

Capella allows fewer transfer credits than Walden

Capella currently only allows students to transfer up to 16 credit hours from other schools. Walden allows students to transfer up to 30 credit hours. Why is this important?

Many working professionals may have started their MPH program at another university, but decided to complete it online at a later time. A situation could arise where a student attending Capella would not be able to accept all credits.

Schools that allow more transferred credits are generally regarded as preferable for working students.

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Final Verdict

Both of these online MPH programs are quite similar and are major competitors for one another. Because neither program is currently accredited by CEPH, they are very similar in terms of content and cost. It should be noted that Capella’s rates are slightly higher than Walden’s. Also, you may transfer fewer classes into the Capella program than Walden.

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