Master of Nursing (MSN)

Graduate Student Handbook

Graceland offers online Master's nursing programs with specialty tracks in either family nurse practitioner or nurse educator. Our online graduate nursing programs are designed to provide working R.N.s the opportunity to pursue a Master's in nursing through the completion of a combination of online cohort courses, on-campus focus sessions and faculty and preceptor-guided practicum experiences in the student's local community.

Over the course of our graduate nurse program online, students are required to attend 1-2 focus sessions at Graceland University's School of Nursing located in Independence, Missouri. The master's degree nursing focus session is scheduled in conjunction with the Advanced Health Assessment & Advanced Practice Procedure Laboratory courses.

Graceland offers full-time & part-time options for completing our Masters in Nursing programs:

Course Delivery and Completion Time

MSN courses are offered online via eCollege Learning Management System (LMS) within a 16 week trimester. The School of Nursing offers the following recommendations for completion plan schedule options. Completion times are approximate and may vary depending on each student’s individualized program of study schedule of course offerings.

  • Full-time Option: flexible part-time or full-time employment with minimal to moderate personal and family obligations
    • 6-7 s.h. or 2 courses/trimester
    • MSN-FNP: 47 s.h. total completed across 8 trimesters
    • MSN-NE: 40 s.h. total completed across 6 trimesters
  • Part-time Option: demanding part-time or full-time employment with moderate to high personal and family obligations
    • 3-4 s.h. or 1 course/trimester
    • MSN-FNP 47 s.h. total completed across 12 trimesters
    • MSN-NE 40 s.h. total completed across 12 trimesters


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