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Opportunities in Nursing
On-Campus Program (Traditional BSN to RN)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to RN degree completion program at our Independence, Missouri, campus can be finished in 18 months. Students in the program benefit from smaller class sizes, knowledgeable and caring instructors, valuable classroom, lab and simulation experiences, as well as a variety of specialized clinical rotations in the local Kansas City area.
Graceland is one of the few colleges with nursing programs that offers a Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees online. With the demands of work and home in mind, we developed our online nursing classes to be flexible for working professionals. Our online delivery methods make classes both comprehensive and convenient. All nursing programs include clinicals performed in your own community (anywhere in the United States), as well as one focus session (two to five days) at our Independence, Missouri, campus.
BA in Health Care Management
Our BA in health care management program provides students with the knowledge and skills for management positions in the health care industry. No nursing experience or clinical hours are required.
RN to BSN
This program's engaged faculty and fellow students form an innovative support structure, assisting you from the day you apply through graduation.
RN to MSN
This program, often called a "combined" program, offers registered nurses the opportunity to complete their BSN and MSN degrees via an accelerated process, saving up to 11 semester hours of coursework. You even have the option to "stop-out" and earn a BSN only, if you wish.
Master of Nursing
We offer two MSN tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. In addition to practicums, MSN students must complete at least two two-to-five-day focus sessions on the Independence, Missouri, campus.
Post Master of Nursing Certificate Programs
Graceland offers either a Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator Post Master MSN Certificate Program, which expands the focus of nursing by using the Master of Science in Nursing degrees as the foundation. The theoretical base is accompanied by clinical or practical experience, which allows the master's prepared RN to apply theory and current research to specialized professional practice. Students admitted to the Post-MSN Certificate Program are not matriculated for a graduate degree. A certificate is awarded upon completion.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online nursing program designed to help nurses enhance their professional status and move ahead in the health care industry. The goal of the DNP program is to prepare you for advanced practice roles and as a clinical scholar. It focuses on the translation of theory, research, clinical practice, measurement of patient outcomes and transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety.
Every state in the U.S. creates its own specific regulations about online enrollment of the students who live within the state. Some states require fees and/or application efforts that require a considerable investment of university resources. In an effort to maintain a reasonable tuition rate, Graceland’s nursing program does not currently accept students who live in Kentucky, New York, Maryland or North Carolina.
Graceland accepts students from Texas, but is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Higher Education Code.
Graceland University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for RN to BSN, MSN/FNP, MSN/Nursing Education, and DNP programs.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice at Graceland University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation). One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.
The master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing have full approval status with the Iowa State Board of Nursing.
The baccalaureate degrees in nursing have full approval status with the Iowa and Missouri State Boards of Nursing.