RN to BSN to MSN Admissions

This program can accept students every 8 weeks

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Graceland’s online RN to BSN to MSN combined program offers RNs the opportunity to complete both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) online degree and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online degree, saving time and money.

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Admissions Requirements

  1. Associates degree in nursing (ADN) or Diploma from an NLNAC, ACEN or CCNE accredited program. For students with foreign transcripts, an evaluation* is required with GPA equivalency and TOEFL score.
  2. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the U.S. and its territories.
  3. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA may be offered a spot into the RN-BSN program.
  4. Satisfactory criminal background check after acceptance.
  • Complete the Appropriate Online Application Form

    Combined RN-BSN-MSN Application

    Applicants are encouraged to submit their application and documentation as early as possible. Applications are reviewed by the School of Nursing Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC). GSAC decisions will be communicated via email. Spots in the program are given on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who meet or exceed the minimum qualifications.

  • Application Fee

    As of April 20, 2022, Graceland no longer requires an application fee.

  • Official Transcripts

    Electronic transcripts are acceptable but only from Docufide, Script-Safe, Parchment, Student Clearinghouse and/or the issuing institution. These transcripts can be sent to admissions@graceland.edu or Graceland University – Independence Campus. If sending by mail, official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent from the institution or issuing service. See below for the required transcripts:

    • RN – BSN – MSN applicants: We require ALL transcripts from each school attended, which means if you attended five different schools, we will need five transcripts. If you do not hold a bachelor’s degree, your high school transcript is also required.
  • Verification of an Active U.S. Nursing License

    A license verification report can be found on the Nursys® website under the QuickConfirm License Verification tab. You may also visit your state board’s official website to access license verification information. In most cases, this should not cost anything. When submitting your verification, the expiration date must be visible on the report.

  • Transfer Credit Petition

    Approval of transfer credit is made on a course by course basis. Courses submitted for consideration must sufficiently match expected learning outcomes required by Graceland University’s School of Nursing. A detailed syllabus (course descriptions are not acceptable) from each course must be included in your petition.

    Candidates may transfer up to three graduate nursing courses for a maximum of 12 semester hours (s.h.) of graduate course work. Coursework must be completed at a nationally accredited program with a grade of “B” or above and within five years prior to admission (see exceptions below).

    Special conditions and exceptions to course completion time limits:

    • Pharmacotherapeutics and Advanced Health Assessment courses must be completed within five years prior to admission to be considered for transfer credit.
    • Course completion time limits do not apply to board certified APN demonstrating continuous current practice.

    Coursework Transfer Policy (pdf)
    Petition for Transfer Credit (pdf)

    If you are offered admission to the program, you will be required to pass a criminal background check to be admitted.

Documentation can be submitted via email (admissions@graceland.edu) or mail.

Please allow five to seven business days for mail. Please use the following address:

Graceland University
1401 W. Truman Rd.
Independence, MO 64050
Attn: Admissions



If you are seeking financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form. To complete this, visit the FAFSA website at studentaid.gov. To send your FAFSA information to Graceland University, use our school code: 001866. This should be done at your earliest convenience.

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Graduation Requirements
  1. Completed the College’s general education requirements
  2. Completed sufficient credit to total 158 semester hours
  3. Completed sufficient credit to meet the total required graduate semester hours within 6 years of enrollment
  4. Completed at Graceland University:
    47 total graduate semester hours with a minimum 37 at Graceland for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track
  5. Earned a grade of B or above on all graduate course work
  6. Satisfactorily completed the required thesis or research project option
  7. Fulfilled all financial obligations to Graceland University
  8. Filed an application for graduation with the office of the Registrar at least 6 months prior to anticipated graduation date.
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