I just finished my first class of my MSN in Nursing Education FlexPath program at Capella University and I am off to a great start! Read on to find out more
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My First Class of My MSN in Nursing Education

I just finished my first class of my MSN in Nursing Education FlexPath program at Capella University and I am off to a great start! It was called Collaboration, Communication, & Case Analysis for Health Care Master’s Learners and it consisted of three assessments. It took me approximately 3 weeks to complete the course.

My assessments

The assessments were anywhere from 4-8 pages long, excluding the title page and references. The first two presented healthcare leadership challenges, and had me write about how I would approach each problem from a healthcare leader perspective, supported by evidence. The last paper was a self-evaluation of my leadership style.

After each assessment was written, I would upload it for evaluation, and then my professor would grade it. I got an email once he had uploaded his grade/feedback, which was nice because I didn’t have to keep going back into the classroom to check.

(See below for what my online classroom looks like!)

I just finished my first class of my MSN in Nursing Education FlexPath program at Capella University and I am off to a great start! Read on to find out more

My nemesis, APA

The hardest part for me was not creating the content, but finding the sources and citing them appropriately. (I had to write in APA style, which was the first time I had done that since graduating from my BSN in 2010 – yow!). Naturally, I got some APA formatting things wrong in the first assessment. My professor gave me some suggestions, and I had less errors in the second one. By the 3rd assessment, I barely had any! (Major win for me…)

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Deadlines

Reminder – With FlexPath you set your own deadlines! The first thing I did was read the information for each assessment so I would know about how long it would take me to do each one. After that, I plugged in my target dates (when I want to have them turned in by). I basically gave myself 1 week for each assessment. Once I turned one in and got my professor’s feedback I started the next one right away.

For my next course, I’m giving myself 2 weeks for each assessment because this next month is crazy with a few speaking events and moving into a new house. Then I plan on going back to 1 assessment per week.

Finishing the first course

I did it! I successfully completed my first MSN FlexPath course with a distinguished competency demonstration!

Instead of an A, B, C or D grade, the competency demonstration is evaluated as Distinguished, Proficient, Basic, or Non-performance. To successfully complete each assessment, you are given 3 attempts. So let’s say I received proficient and basic levels for all of the criteria of my first assessment. I can take my professor’s feedback, implement it, and re-submit for evaluation with a goal of getting distinguished.

My Competency Map lets me closely monitor my progress.

I just finished my first class of my MSN in Nursing Education FlexPath program at Capella University and I am off to a great start! Read on to find out more

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I’ll be back next month with an update on my progress!

Learn more about Capella’s FlexPath learning format and nursing degrees.