Graceland nursing student in the skills lab

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN–BSN Degree

Our online nursing program to BSN degree includes specific areas of study allowing you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) online in an organized and supportive learning environment.

An online nursing degree could help you pursue a career in nursing or move on to pursue your master's degree, either at a traditional campus or through one of our online nursing programs. Faculty and student support counselors at Graceland University in Independence, Missouri, will guide your every step from application to completion of the online RN to BSN program. The result is a quality nursing degree that will put you in high demand.

You may receive up to 28 semester hours of credit for your previous undergraduate nursing courses, regardless of how long ago you earned them. General education credit may be awarded through transfer, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or online courses. Graduates will be awarded the BSN upon completion of all requirements for the nursing degree.

“Professors are genuine and always show that they want you to succeed. I would never say nursing school is easy, but I wouldn’t trust my education if it was. I am proud to say that I am a nursing student at Graceland University.”

BSN Degree — Nursing Major (RN-BSN Students)

Registered Nurses looking for online BSN programs have several advanced placement options. Recent graduates of Iowa schools approved to participate in the Iowa Articulation Program may receive 64 s.h. of credit upon admission to Graceland. Students may also receive 64 s.h. of credit after successfully completing three Iowa Articulation courses that are offered at various community colleges in the state. Students from out of state may receive 28 s.h. of upper division escrow credit upon successful completion of NURS3460 Professionalism in Nursing and payment of recording fees for upper division courses. For complete information see School of Nursing brochure “articulation options”.

The following required nursing courses will be met by the Iowa Articulation Program or escrow credit:

  • NURS2420 Introduction to Nursing 3 s.h.
  • NURS3120 Fundamentals of Health Care 4 s.h.
  • NURS3250 Adult Health Care I 4 s.h.
  • NURS3260 Adult Health Care II 4 s.h.
  • NURS3270 Psychosocial Aspects of Client Care 4 s.h.
  • NURS4220 Maternal and Newborn Care 4 s.h.
  • NURS4240 Pediatric Nursing 4 s.h.
  • NURS4910 Leadership Roles in Nursing 1 s.h.

Nursing courses required to be taken at Graceland:

  • NURS3110 Health Assessment for Practicing Nurse 3 s.h.
  • NURS3160 Evidence Based Practice 3 s.h.
  • NURS3430 Pathophysiology and Related Pharmacology 3 s.h.
  • NURS3460 Professionalism in Nursing 3 s.h.
  • NURS4160 Leadership Roles in Nursing 3 s.h.
  • NURS4280 Global Health and Policy Issues 3 s.h.
  • NURS4350 Population Health Nursing 3 s.h.
  • NURS4411 Informatics for the Practicing Nurse 2 s.h.
  • NURS4420 Current Issues in Healthcare 2 s.h.
  • NURS4460 Senior Capstone 3 s.h.

Required Supporting Courses:


Note: There is no time limit on when science courses may have been completed.

All support and general education courses must be completed prior to enrollment in nursing core courses.

General education requirements may be satisfied by completing an approved combination of courses listed in our online catalog. Most courses may be satisfied by transfer credit, and others may be challenged or completed online. These requirements are waived for students possessing a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Details on each course in the RN to BSN program can be found online in the Graceland University catalog.

Nursing Course Descriptions

NURS2420 Introduction to Nursing 3 s.h.
Introduces the roles and responsibilities of professional nursing. Introduces students to the historical, economic, political and legal/ethical trends in nursing. Introduces concepts necessary for scholarly writing using APA formatting.

NURS3110 Health Assessment for the Practicing Nurse 3 s.h.
Focuses on expanding assessment skills in current professional role. Systematic holistic nursing process approach to health history and physical examination for the purpose of differentiating normal from abnormal states of health and critical assessment of client needs in acute care and community settings. Application of concepts are facilitated in the virtual learning environment. (For online RN-BSN students only.)

NURS3120 Fundamentals of Health Care 4 s.h.
Introduction to basic concepts and psychomotor skills necessary to provide therapeutic interventions for individual clients. Laboratory and clinical experience provided. Prerequisites: NURS2420, 2460, 2470.

NURS3160 Evidence Based Practice 2-3 s.h.
Study of the evidence-based practice research process to develop informed consumers of nursing research. Exploration of the application of the research evidence to the health care environment. Prerequisites: NURS3120, 3270, 3440, 3451.

NURS3250 Adult Health Care I 4 s.h.
Focus on the development of abilities to manage the care of adults, at various life stages, in a variety of health care settings. Emphasis on person-centered communication and application of cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills in providing basic nursing care to clients and their families. Prerequisites: NURS3120, 3270, 3440, 3451.

NURS3260 Adult Health Care II 4 s.h.
Focus on the development of abilities to manage the care of adults, at various life stages, in a variety of health care settings. Emphasis on person-centered communication and application of cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills in providing family centered nursing care to individuals and groups of clients. Prerequisites: NURS3120, 3270, 3440, 3451.

NURS3270 Psychosocial Aspects of Client Care 4 s.h.
Emphasis on promotion of healthy individual and family system responses to psychosocial stressors (violence, poverty, substance abuse). Psychopathology will be explored with opportunities to practice primary, secondary, and tertiary nursing interventions in the clinical setting. Prerequisites: NURS2420, 2460, 2470.

NURS3430 Pathophysiology and Related Pharmacology 3 s.h.
Study of the concepts and altered processes of organs, cells, and biochemical functions of systems related to homeostasis, neural control and integration. Related pharmacology with application of principles to nursing practice will be integrated throughout.

NURS3460 Professionalism in Nursing 3 s.h.
A transitional course to prepare the RN student for entry into baccalaureate nursing and continuing socialization into the profession. Exploration of major curricular and historical concepts. Prerequisite: Nursing major with junior standing.

NURS4160 Leadership Roles in Nursing 3 s.h.
Examination of leadership, management, role, and change theories. Emphasis on acquiring the knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources required to lead an interdisciplinary team to achieve excellence and high quality outcomes. Prerequisites: Junior level nursing courses. 

NURS4220 Maternal and Newborn Care 4 s.h.
Study of women's health across the lifespan with an emphasis on maternity/newborn care. Employs holistic approach to health promotion and intervention. Prerequisites: Junior level nursing courses. Prerequisites: NURS3160, 3250, 3260, 4340.

NURS4240 Pediatric Nursing 4 s.h.
Investigates a holistic, family focus on acute illness and health promotion for pediatric patients from birth through adolescence. An emphasis on developmental stages of childhood and nursing interventions within the home and acute care settings and the impact of societal and family decisions on childhood growth and development. Prerequisites: NURS4170, 4220, 4480.

NURS4280 Global Health and Policy Issues 3 s.h.
The course focuses on an analysis of the forces shaping our community and global health patterns. Drawing on multidisciplinary sources, this course explores the impact of these global processes as they manifest in the health of our own and other societies. Emphasis is placed on analysis of the broad cultural, environmental, social-economic, and political systems that contribute to health status and outcomes, health policies, and health care delivery around the world.

NURS4350 Population Health Nursing 3 s.h.
Emphasis on the community as client and population groups within the community, including a comprehensive community assessment, the exploration of epidemiology, disaster nursing, community-focused health promotion, and prevention within sociopolitical environment.

NURS4411 Informatics for the Practicing Nurse 2 s.h.
This course builds on a basic understanding of technology as it relates to nursing and electronic healthcare systems. The content will prepare students to effectively and efficiently use technology to identify and manage health care information and data.

NURS4420 Current Issues in Healthcare 2 s.h.
Continuing exploration of current health care issues facing the nursing profession using a critical thinking process designed to move the RN student into the professional baccalaureate role for practice in the 21st century. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior standing and NURS3460.

NURS4460 Senior Capstone 3 s.h.
Synthesize new knowledge with past knowledge and skills to provide a higher level of indirect and/or direct care to clients in a variety of health care environments. Integrate knowledge from prior courses to develop, implement, and evaluate a project with the intention of improving health outcomes for individuals, families, groups, communities, or populations. Prerequisite: NURS4160.

NURS4910 Leadership Roles in Nursing 1 s.h.

Support Course Descriptions

BIOL2350 Introduction to Microbiology 4 s.h.
Students will learn about immunology, bacteriology, mycology, and virology. Emphasis will be placed on the cellular mechanisms and role of microbial pathogens (bacteria) and agents (viruses, prions) affecting human health and how they are treated. Credit is not allowed for this course and BIOL2360. Prerequisites: CHEM1330 or BIOL2100 or instructors consent or enrollment in the RN to BSN program.

BIOL3420 Human Anatomy (3-2) 4 s.h.
A study of gross human anatomy utilizing charts, three dimensional models, computer simulations, and dissection of mammalian animals. The course will discuss regional and surface anatomy to establish the relationships of the various organ systems of the body. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL1400 or BIOL2100 or PHED1240. Goal 1A

BIOL3440 Human Physiology (3-2) 4 s.h.
A systems oriented study of the function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system levels with an emphasis on medical physiology. Laboratory includes computer simulations and use of Biopac equipment. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL3420 (grade of C or better strongly recommended) and one semester of chemistry. Goal 1A

HLTH2560 Nutrition 3 s.h.
A study the principles of nutrition as it relates to health, exercise, sports and disease. Students will be presented with applied content that includes research-based guidelines meant to help students differentiate between nutrition recommendations that are backed by science and the overabundance of false and misleading information. Goal 1A

MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
Introduction to the perspective of sociology, its basic concepts and principles and an overview of the field.Includes study of social classes, sex roles, crime and deviance, socialization, social movements and others. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

+ SOCI1350 Cultural Anthropology 3 s.h.
Survey and analysis of diverse cultural patterns. Goal 4

2021-22 - Distance Learning RN-BSN Program

Distance Learning RN-BSN Program Tuition and Fees

Fee Cost
Tuition: RN-BSN Programs $495.00 per semester hour
Tuition: All Other Programs $530.00 per semester hour
Clinical Resource Fee (Annually assessed in June each year) $25.00 per year
Late Registration Fee $100.00 per occurrence
Program Support Fee (online courses) $ 18.00 per course
CLEP Exam Recording Fee (nonrefundable) $ 20.00 per semester hour
Dantes Exam Recording Fee (nonrefundable) $ 20.00 per semester hour
Excelsior Exam Recording Fee (nonrefundable) $ 20.00 per semester hour
Re-Sequencing Fee $100.00 per occurrence
Research Fee - Intro to Evidence-Based Nursing $ 50.00 per course

For more information regarding additional fees, please see General Fees.

Admissions Requirements

  • Current RN licensure in the United States
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average on all previous course work. (there is no time limit on when science courses may have been completed)
  • Strongly recommend two years of experience as an RN
  • Completed application and supporting documents

2.5(5) from the Iowa Administrative Code, chapter 2, nursing educational programs: Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person: who has been denied licensure by the board, whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in  any United States jurisdiction, whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.


Application Requirements

  1. Please complete the appropriate RN-BSN application.
  2. Pay the $50 application fee.
  3. Official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope — We need ALL transcripts from all schools attended. If you attended five different schools, we will need five transcripts.
  4. License verification – We’ll verify your nursing license and expiration date and include that in your application file. If we have difficulty finding this information, you may need to provide a PDF to verify your license. In most cases, this should not cost anything. 


    Mail official transcripts and license to:
       Graceland University
       1 University Place
       Lamoni, IA 50140
       Attn: Admissions

Official electronic college transcripts can be emailed to

If you have any questions, please call 800.833.0524

If you will be seeking financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form. Go to The Graceland University School of Nursing's school code is 001866. This should be done at your earliest convenience.

For International Students Only:

Complete steps 1-4 above, if applicable.
Prior to consideration for admission, students who received their undergraduate degree outside of the United States or Canada must submit a CGFNS evaluation with a GPA equivalency and a TOEFL score of 62 or higher on the online exam; an ELTS equivalent score of 6.0; or a DuoLingo equivalent score of 90, and GPA equivalency. For further information or assistance, you may contact CGFNS at

If you are looking for a distance learning BSN degree, contact Graceland University today! Our campus for this program is located in Independence, MO, near Kansas City.

Questions? Please contact us:

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

800.833.0524, ext. 4716

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.


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.