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Capella's (CPLA) FlexPath Nursing Program Gets HLC Nod

Capella Education CompanyCPLA received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to provide the RN-to-BSN degree program under its new FlexPath model from Jan 2016.

Capella's BSN degree program comprises 11 courses and maintains flat tuition rates for every 12-week session. Moreover, for each 12-week session, the students can enroll for two courses at a time. Upon completion of both of these, the student can sign up for additional courses.

The BSN degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It is, however, yet to be approved by the U.S. Department of Education, which will allow students to seek federal financial aid for the program.

Instead of focusing on number of hours spent per program, Capella has acquired approval from the Higher Learning Commission to decouple from credit hour. Students can move at a flexible pace through the program and focus on acquiring new competencies and leverage their skills and knowledge gained during professional hours. Under the new FlexPath format, registered nurses can complete their Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 12 to 18 months. This can lower costs for students.

Students will also undergo rigorous assessment to demonstrate their competencies as they progress on their courses. Further, the company ensures ample flexibility so that students can balance their professional and personal commitments, which will help them attain the degree more conveniently.

There is huge demand for trained medical professionals, including doctors and nurses across the globe. As such, medical programs enjoy strong demand across the U.S since they produce strong student outcomes. Introduction of new medical programs with the benefit of the FlexPath format should drive Capella's enrollments and revenues in the near term.

Capella currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

Stocks to Consider

Some better-ranked stocks in the education industry include Strayer Education Inc. STRA , Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc. BFAM and Career Education Corp. CECO . While Bright Horizons Family Solutions and Strayer Education sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Career Education Corp carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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