Nursing School

On-Campus Nursing Program (Traditional BSN to RN)

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree can be earned in 18 months following the completion of lower division coursework. This face-to-face program is offered at our Independence, Missouri campus. Students 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.

Now accepting applications for the on-campus nursing program.

Online Nursing Programs

Graceland is one of the few colleges with online nursing programs that offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degreeRN to BSN to MSN degree and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. With the demands of work and home in mind, we developed our online nursing degrees to be flexible for working professionals. Our online delivery methods make classes both comprehensive and convenient. The MSN & APN Certificate programs include practicums performed in your own community (anywhere in the United States), as well as one focus session (two to three days) at our Independence, Missouri, campus.

Now accepting applications for the MSN and DNP programs.

This program facilitates RNs in earning their BSN. Faculty and fellow students form an innovative support structure, assisting you from the day you apply through graduation.

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 4 semester hours of coursework. You even have the option to "stop-out" and earn a BSN only, if you wish.

We offer three MSN degree tracks: Family Nurse PractitionerAdult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitionerand Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner In addition to practicums, MSN students must complete one focus session (two to three days) on the Independence, Missouri, campus.

Graceland offers either a Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator Post Master's 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 Programs are not matriculated for a graduate degree. A certificate is awarded upon completion.

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-master's 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.

About Your Location:

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 University’s nursing program does not accept students who live in Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina or Tennessee at this time.

Graceland University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for RN - BSN, MSN, Post-Grad Certification, and DNP programs.


CCNE Accreditation


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Graceland University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (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.