• UMKC graduates with a degree in nursing point to the uniqueness of this four year program, stating that the three years of clinical coursework - as opposed to the traditional nursing programs with two years of clinicals - increase their total clinical hours to 1,200. As a result, UMKC graduates are sought after by local hospitals because they can tell a difference in clinical skills and knowledge.

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 240 undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds
  • 80 students admitted into the clinical program each fall
  • Faculty/student ratio in clinics is 1:5 - 1:8
  • Human patient simulators used in most clinical classes
  • Located within walking distance to two teaching hospitals (Children's Mercy Hospital and Truman Medical Center), the Kansas City Health Department and Western Missouri Mental Health Center
  • Affiliations with multiple area hospitals and health care facilities

Student Organizations

The Student Nurses Association provides students opportunities to:

  • organize health fairs and blood drives
  • participate in organizing other special events that provides many leadership opportunities
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Lambda Phi Chapter, Nursing Honor Society (Membership by invitation during clinical major Year 3 and Year 4)

Real World Experience

  • UMKC's School of Nursing is located on the Hospital Hill campus with the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy.
  • It is also within walking distance to two teaching hospitals, Missouri Western Mental Health and the Kansas City Health Department.
  • Crown Center, Liberty Memorial and Union Station are in close proximity, and within walking distance for the avid walker


Limitless Career Opportunites which would include:

  • Community Health
  • Cardiac Nursing
  • ER
  • Med/Surg Nursing
  • ICU
  • Pediatric
  • OB









Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the clinical program is a two-tiered process.
  • Students are first admitted into pre-nursing. For high school applicants, requirements are the same as those required for admission to the University.
  • There is a direct high school admission program for students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class and obtain a minimum ACT score of 27.
  • Transfer students must have a 2.75 minimum GPA to be admitted into pre-nursing.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Applications for the clinical major, the second phase of the application process, can be found at the UMKC School of Nursing Web site, by Nov. 1 of each year. Applications are due in the School of Nursing Student Services Office each Jan. 31 for admission into the clinical major which begins each fall semester. Decisions are made each spring once all coursework grades are posted. Notification letters will be mailed the end of May.
  • By the end of May, students will need to have completed a minimum of 36 nursing course work hours with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Courses which will have to be completed for consideration are:
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • College Algebra
    • Chemistry w/ lab
    • Microbiology
    • Arts and Sciences 100 (waived if transferring in > 24 credit hours of > 2.75 GPA coursework)
    • N101 Introduction to Nursing

Major Courses

In addition to the required courses mentioned above in PreReqs, students may also take the following courses prior to being admitted into the nursing clinical major. If transferring in coursework, it is always advisible to check the UMKC equivalency page to be certain coursework is equivalent.

  • English Composition I and II
  • Philosophy 210 or 222
  • History Course that meets the Constitution requirement such as History 101 or 102 or PolSci 210
  • One foreign language course
  • Fine Arts Elective (3 credit hours)
  • General Psychology
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Nutrition
  • Upon admission students will receive an individualized plan of study

Other Programs Available



    • Clinical faculty members are practicing nurses who bring their insights and experiences to the classroom through:
      • lecture
      • studying and serving as visiting experts nationally and abroad
      • individually received honors, fellowships and awards
    • The School of Nursing also has many faculty members actively involved in research who have:
      • Published a number of books and journal articles
      • Received research funding from many national known foundations and federal government agencies
      • Our faculty listing can be found at

Contact us

UMKC Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
(816) 235-1111
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Visit us

Contact the UMKC Welcome Center at 816-235-UMKC (8652), or toll-free at 1-800-775-UMKC (8652), and we'll arrange a guided campus tour and a meeting with faculty and staff.