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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN-BSN Program RequirementsStudents in the onli...

RN-BSN Program Requirements

Students in the online RN-BSN track must already be registered nurses  seeking their B.S.N.  Students must also reside in the United States and all fees are assesed at the in-state rate.  Students must maintain a minimum grade of C in all nursing coursework as well as carry a minimum semester GPA of 2.75. See specific course requirements at the School of Nursing website.

General Education Requirements
Students complete 56 credit hours in general education coursework that may include the humanities, mathematics and social, behavioral and natural sciences.

The University requires that all students complete a three-hour constitution course. UMKC courses that currently satisfy this requirement include: HISTORY 101, HISTORY 102, or HISTORY 360R or- POL-SCI 210. In addition, students must complete the following, or an equivalent course:

Nursing Education Requirements
Twenty-eight hours of lower-division nursing credits may be obtained by:
  • Direct transfer from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) associate degree program.
  • Completion of specific coursework for graduates of diploma programs and non-NLNAC associate degree programs.

Thirty-six hours of upper-division nursing credits are required. The UMKC School of Nursing has developed an innovative program where students, as a cohort group, progress through four "blocks" of coursework. Rather than traditional, individual courses, the curriculum is integrated and based on concepts integral to successful nursing in the changing health care system. Both full- and part-time plans are available.

The nursing curriculum consists of:

NURSE 401 Health Assessment (3)
NURSE 476 Scientific Inquiry (3)
NURSE 481 Tools for Personal Effectiveness (6)

  • Introduction to Manuscript for Publication
  • Introduction to Theory
  • Professionalism
  • Historical Roots of Health Professions
  • Power Bases and Image
  • Time and Stress Management
  • Career Mapping
  • Scope and Standards of Practice 
  • Moral Development and Values
  • Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • Introduction to Research/Evidence-based Practice
  • Ethics 
  • Introduction to Informatics
  • Diversity in the Work Force

NURSE 482 Tools for Interpersonal Effectiveness (6)

  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Communication Skills and Theories
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Professional Ethics
  • Groups and Teams
  • Legalities of Health Care
  • Marketing
  • Informatics
  • Nursing, and Public Policy
  • Cultural Diversity in Health Care
  • Manuscript for Publication Assignment
NURSE 483 Effectiveness in Human Health Outcomes (6)
  • Theories Used in Care of Humans
  • Cultural Competence
  • Case Management
  • Community Based Care/Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion and Restoration
  • Health Care Policy
  • Precede - Proceed Model
  • Bioterrorism Preparedness
  • Human Patient Simulation
  • Electronic Health Record
  • Economics in Health Care
  • Health & Inequality
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Social Justice in Nursing 
NURSE 484 Effectiveness in Complex Health Systems (6)
  • Managing Quality and Risk 
  • Systems Theory
  • Health Care Delivery and Financing 
  • Organizational Theories and Culture
  • Politics, Use of Legislative System
  • Leadership Styles and Theories
  • Managing Costs and Budgets
  • Magnet Recognition Program
  • Health Care Policy Issues
  • Staffing, Scheduling & Evaluating Staff
  • Practice Issues Related to Technology
  • Conducting Nursing Research
  • Delegation & Managing Personal/Personnel Problems
  • Leading Through Professional Organizations

NURSE 485 Application to Practice I (clinical practicam) (3)

  • Team-building concepts
  • Applied leadership principles
  • Applied research and writing skills
  • Technology application for project management
  • Business communication
  • Conflict management

NURSE 486 Application to Practice II (clinical practicum) (3)

  • Team-building concepts
  • Applied leadership principles
  • Applied research and writing skills
  • Technology application for project management
  • Business communication
  • Conflict management