RN to MSN Programs

Graceland’s RN to MSN bridge programs offer registered nurses the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing degree in a combined program. Students in this program are not required to take two of the BSN courses. The B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees are awarded when the student has completed all requirements in the R.N.-M.S.N. curriculum. The career options in the M.S.N. program are Family Nurse Practitioner and/or Nurse Educator.

If you are enrolled in this program, you will have the option to “stop-out” if you desire and earn a B.S.N. only. A four-day, on-campus focus session is required for the B.S.N. portion and two more on-campus focus sessions are required for completion of the Master in Nursing portion. Students are required to complete practicums in both the B.S.N. and M.S.N. portions of the R.N.-M.S.N. 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.

R.N.-B.S.N. Student Handbook

Graduate Student Handbook

R.N. to M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner

Complete both your B.S.N. and your M.S.N.-F.N.P. through this successful program. This master nursing degree prepares you to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. (A four-day, on-campus focus session is required for the B.S.N. portion and two more on-campus focus sessions are required for completion of the M.S.N. portion.)

Nursing modules include:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Practice Procedures
  • Adult Primary Care
  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Clinical Theory
  • Leadership
  • 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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R.N. to M.S.N. Nurse Educator

Complete both your B.S.N. and your M.S.N. through this program. Graduates will be awarded the M.S.N. degree with specialization as a Nurse Educator. (A four-day, on-campus focus session is required for the B.S.N. portion and two more on-campus focus sessions are required for completion of the M.S.N. portion.)

Nursing modules include:

  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Practice Procedures
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Curriculum Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Issues in Nursing Education
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Teaching and Learning Theories
  • Teaching Strategies, Student Learning Styles and Assessment
  • Technology for Educators

Post B.S.N. - Master of Science in Nursing

Graceland offers M.S.N. specialty tracks in either Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator. The M.S.N. program is designed to provide working R.N.s the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree 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 community.

All students are required to attend two focus sessions at the School of Nursing on Graceland University's Independence campus during the course of the program. The first focus session (program orientation) is scheduled during the second week of the first course taken. The second focus session is scheduled in conjunction with the Advanced Health Assessment Lab course.