Graceland nursing students

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BSN Degree–RN Program

It's not too early to save your place in the 2021 traditional BSN to RN program.
Classes start every January and June.

Transfer in 61 semester hours and earn a BSN degree in 18 months. The nursing curriculum is carefully designed to integrate professional education with liberal arts and sciences.

The program accommodates students beginning their education in nursing as well as students eligible for advanced placement. Graduates are prepared to provide nursing care in hospital and community health settings where beginning professional competence is expected.

As a student of Graceland University you will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. With a BSN degree you will be eligible for a multitude of opportunities in the healthcare arena.

Our BSN program is offered through our campus in Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City, less than two hours south of the Graceland home campus in Lamoni, Iowa.

Every June, a new group of 50 nursing students begin their program as sophomores and complete three courses in an eight-week term. Students are recognized as juniors and welcomed as full-time students in the fall semester at the matriculation ceremony.


Graduating classes of the past several years have achieved an average pass rate of 94 percent on the NCLEX (national RN licensure) exam. Graduating from our nursing program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination (NCLEX).

“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.”

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

Questions? Please contact:

Susan Freeze
Graceland University
1401 W. Truman Rd.
Independence, MO. 64050


The Undergraduate Curriculum

Successful achievement in the humanities is basic to understanding the whole person and his/her response in health and illness. The well-prepared high school student usually spends four academic years completing the requirements for the Nursing major. The freshman and sophomore years are spent on the Lamoni campus, where the student enrolls in supporting science and humanities courses.* The nursing courses are taught on the Independence Campus in Independence, Missouri. The first three nursing courses are taught the summer before the junior year. Students will go to a variety of health care agencies for hands-on clinical experience while simultaneously completing the general education and Nursing major requirements.

*Transfer students may take these courses at other colleges.


BSN Degree — Nursing Major (Beginning Professional Students)

In addition to the essential education requirements, beginning professional students majoring in Nursing must complete a concentration of 59.5 semester hours of professional Nursing courses and 38 semester hours of supporting course work. The minimum total of semester hours required for graduation in Nursing is 120.

Required Nursing Courses:

Required Supporting Courses:

  • ATHT2500 Medical Terminology 2 s.h.
  • BIOL3420 Human Anatomy 4 s.h.
  • BIOL3440 Human Physiology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2360 Microbiology 4 s.h.
  • CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry 3 s.h.
  • HLTH2560 Nutrition 3 s.h.
  • MATH1280 College Algebra (preferred) or
         MATH1310 Mathematical Concepts I 3 s.h.
  • MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
  • PHIL2300 Basic Issues in Philosophy 3 s.h. or one of the following courses:
    PHIL3100 World Philosophies and Religions
         PHIL1120 Basic Ethics
         PHIL2520 Medical Ethics
  • SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology (preferred) or
    SOCI1350 Cultural Anthropology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.


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.

NURS2460 Health Assessment 4 s.h.
Focuses on learning foundational assessment skills. 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. Application of concepts are facilitated in the laboratory experience. (For on campus BSN-RN students only.) Prerequisite: NURS2010.

NURS2470 Informatics for Health Care 2 s.h.
An introduction to the basic concepts and skills associated with the use of technology as it relates to nursing and electronic healthcare systems. The content will provide a conceptual foundation and hands-on exposure to the use of information management in nursing which is necessary in providing quality patient care.

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.

NURS3440 Pathophysiology 3 s.h.
Study of the concepts and altered processes of organs, cells, and biochemical functions of the systems related to homeostasis, neural control and integration. Prerequisites: NURS2420, 2460, 2470.

NURS3451 Pharmacology I 3 s.h.
Introduces students to the principles of pharmacology and their application to nursing. Emphasizes drug classifications of pharmacological agents, their actions, side effects, uses and nursing responsibilities regarding administration and basic calculations of medication administration for all routes of administration. Prerequisites: NURS2420, 2460, 2470.

NURS3452 Pharmacology II 2 s.h.
Continues investigation of pharmacology with specific medications that are seen in the clinical setting from the various drug classifications and medications used in advanced adult health settings. Drug calculations include those for the critical care setting and those using the intravenous route.

NURS4170 Manager of Patient Care 3 s.h.
Discusses management of patient care in a clinical setting in the capacity of unit manager, charge nurse and patient care coordinator. Focuses on knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources required to lead an interdisciplinary team to achieve excellence and high quality outcomes. Prerequisites: NURS3160, 3250, 3260, 4340.

NURS4230 Care of the Mother and Child 4 s.h.
This course focuses on holistic approach to acute illnesses and health promotion of culturally diverse women, children (birth through adolescence) and families throughout their lifespans. Emphasis is placed on providing a culturally sensitive and holistic approach to health promotion and intervention in the care of newly formed families moving from preconception through the neonatal period. Additionally, emphasis is placed on quality of care, safety and developmental stages of childhood and appropriate nursing interventions in the home and acute care settings. Prerequisites: NURS3160, 3250, 3260, 3452, 4340.

NURS4260 Critical Care Nursing 4 s.h.
Emphasis on the key concepts required to deliver care to clients and their families during severe physiological stress. Importance placed on critical thinking to analyze the relationship between multidimensional stressors in the midst of critical illness. Prerequisites: NURS4170, 4220, 4480.

NURS4340 Community Health Care 3.5 s.h.
Focuses on community/public health issues with the family and community as clients, including community assessment and the examination of a variety of core concepts in the practice of community/public health nursing. Topics include epidemiology, community focused health promotion, and prevention within a sociopolitical environment. Prerequisites: NURS3120, 3270, 3440, 3451.

NURS4390 Capstone Practicum 8 s.h.
Emphasis on advanced cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills and therapeutic communication in the care of clients and families in acute-care settings. Prerequisites: NURS4170, 4220, 4480.

NURS4480 Trends and Issues 2 s.h.
Examines the social, cultural, political, legal, economic, and ethical issues that surround the practice of professional nursing. Explores the concepts that prepare the graduate for entry into the professional role. Prerequisites: NURS3160, 3250, 3260, 4340.

Support Course Descriptions

ATHT2500 Medical Terminology 2 s.h.
A self-study, programmed-based opportunity to learn and understand medical terminology.

BIOL2360 Microbiology (3-2) 4 s.h.
Students will learn about immunology, bacteriology, mycology, and virology. Emphasis will be placed on the cellular mechanism and role of microbial pathogens (bacteria) and agents (viruses, prions) affecting human health and how they are treated. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL2100 or instructor's consent. Goal 1A

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

CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry 3 s.h.
An introduction to the principles of inorganic, organic and biochemistry, including a study of atoms, chemical bonding, types of chemical reactions (focusing on ones in the cell), solution chemistry, introduction of biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids). This course is intended for students desiring a general education in chemistry, those majoring in nursing or allied health fields and those that need it to fulfill the chemistry requirement for fundamentals of cell biology and genetics course. Course will not count for credit in the Chemistry and/or Biology majors or minors. Prerequisite: MATH1280 or one year of high school algebra (C or better strongly recommended). 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

MATH1280 College Algebra 3 s.h.
Solutions of polynomial, rational and radical equations, systems of equations, matrices, sequences, series, functions, exponentials. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra or DEVL1200. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1310 Mathematical Concepts I 3 s.h.
A systematic development of whole number systems, geometry, set theory, measurement, and algebra. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

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

PHIL1120 Basic Ethics (also RELG1120) 3 s.h.
Introduction to basic ways of thinking and acting ethically. Examines basic ethical theories, both religious and philosophical, but focuses on practical, daily application of sound values and ethical consciousness. Goal 3E

PHIL2300 Basic Issues in Philosophy 3 s.h.
An introduction to some of the traditional theories of knowledge, reality, and value, and an interpretation of their relevance to the modern world. Goal 3E

PHIL3100 World Philosophies & Religion: Great Texts (Also RELG3100) 3 s.h.
A reading of great texts in world philosophies and religions; E.g., The Qur'an (Islam), The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism), The Dhammapada (Buddhism), The Analects of Confucius and Tao Te Ching (Confucianism), the Bible, and other works by important religious/philosophical thinkers, old and new. Goal 3E

PHIL2520 Medical Ethics 3 s.h.
An exploration of contemporary ethical issues in modern medicine. The course will begin with an introduction to ethical theories and principles, and then apply these to specific problems in health care. Goal 3E

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 Traditional BSN-RN Program


Fee Amount
Full-Time Tuition (semester hours 10-18) $10,380.00 per semester
Part-Time Tuition (semester hours less than 10 or over 18) $745.00 per semester hour
Deposit (due 30 days after acceptance - nonrefundable) $200.00
Late Registration Fee $100.00
Reactivation Fee $550.00

Tuition Waivers and Discounts

Fee Amount
Honors Student Tuition Waiver 100% Waiver over 18 hours

(Waiver of tuition charges for hours over 18 due to Honors Program enrollment with a cap of 21 hours. Hours over 21 will not be waived.)

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

Financial Aid - Merit Awards

The Merit Award is calculated based on the student’s cumulative GPA from all college credit hours earned (from each transcript) when the applicant is accepted into the nursing program. The same award amount renews each year.

Annual Merit Award as of January 2021

  • Students with a 3.85-4.0 GPA are offered a merit award of $8,000.
  • Students with a 3.5-3.84 GPA are offered a merit award of $6,000.
  • Students with a 3.49 and below GPA are offered a merit award of $4,000.

Disbursements percentage of the Merit Award (scholarship):

Junior year -
18 month program (July start)

  • Summer 10%
  • Fall 45%
  • Spring 45%

Junior year -
24 month program (Spring start)

  • Spring 50%
  • Fall 50%
  • Spring 50%

Senior year
renewable award

  • Summer 10%
  • Fall 45% - graduation in December

Third party Scholarship Options to investigate

Go to Student Services and scroll down find 3rd Party Scholarships. These are not associated with Graceland. Click the link to find the list and research each one. These may help the new student find additional funds toward tuition and fees. Remember: Scholarships do not require repayment.

Questions? Please contact us:

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

800.833.0524, ext. 4716

Admissions Requirements


  • 61 hours of required college courses — general education and prerequisite courses
  • Cumulative GPA of all college work of 2.75 or higher OR prerequisite course GPA of 2.75 or higher. Admission is competitive and higher GPA’s are suggested.
  • TEAS Exam Satisfactory Score — 58.7% or higher (currently enrolled Graceland University students in Lamoni are exempt from the TEAS requirement)

If you have any questions, please call 816.423.4746.

For International Students Only:

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.

*World Education Services (WES) also includes the official required transcript when sending the evaluation to Graceland:

Application Packet

Questions? Please contact:

Susan Freeze
Graceland University, 1401 W. Truman Rd., Independence, MO. 64050


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.