RN to MSN Program

Graceland’s RN to MSN combined program offers registered nurses the opportunity to complete both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) online degree and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online degree. One advantage to this path is the students in this program are not required to take two of the BSN courses since they later take them at the MSN level. The other advantage is to have unimpeded matriculation into the master's program without reapplying. The BSN and MSN degrees are awarded when the student has completed all requirements in the RN to MSN curriculum. The career options in the MSN program are family nurse practitioner and/or nurse educator.

If you are enrolled in this RN to MSN online program, you will have the option to “stop out” if you desire and earn a BSN only. A two-day, on-campus focus session is required for completion of the MSN portion. In addition, students are required to complete practicums in the MSN portion of the RN-MSN program. Practicums may be completed in the student’s own community.

This program is available in two career options: family nurse practitioner and nurse educator.

RN-BSN Student Handbook

Graduate Student Handbook

RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

After completing this combined BSN and MSN-FNP graduate nurse practitioner education program, you will be able to apply your specialized education to a career as a family nurse practitioner. (A two-day, on-campus focus session is required for completion of the master of nursing portion.)

Nursing modules include:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care
  • Adult Primary Care
  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Clinical Theory in Nursing
  • Leadership Roles and Issues in Nursing
  • Research Application of Research

Term Start Dates for the R.N.-M.S.N. Online Nursing Program

  Fall Term - Application deadline June 1st
  Spring Term - Application deadline October 1st
  Summer Term - Application deadline February 1st

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RN to MSN Nurse Educator

After completing the BSN and the MSN through this combined online nursing program, graduates will be awarded the MSN degree with specialization as a nurse educator. (A two-day, on-campus focus session is required for completion of the master of nursing portion.)

Nursing modules include:

  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Curriculum Development
  • Roles and Issues for Nurse Educators
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Teaching Practicum
  • NE Clinical Specialty Practicum

Post BSN - Master of Science in Nursing

Graceland offers online MSN specialty tracks in either family nurse practitioner or nurse educator. The MSN program is designed to provide working RNs the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree through the completion of a combination of online cohort courses, on-campus focus session and faculty- and preceptor-guided practicum experiences in the student's community.

All students are required to attend a two-day focus session at the School of Nursing on Graceland University's Independence campus in Missouri near Kansas City during the course of the program. The focus session is scheduled in conjunction with the Advanced Practice Competencies and usually offered in the sixth week of each trimester.