• UMKC graduates who complete their nursing degree in the RN-BSN program state that their educational experience transformed them into empowered nurse leaders who are better prepared to address the challenges and issues associated with the rapidly changing health care environment.


Fast Facts

  • Quality innovative national on-line program
  • Friendly environment that promotes scholarly dialogue and enhances knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied to professional practice
  • No bedside clinicals
  • Out-of-state students who attend part time (six hours or less each fall and spring) are assessed in-state tuition rates

Student Organizations

  • Student Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Lambda Phi Chapter, Nursing Honor Society

Real World Experience

  • For the vast majority of classes, the "real world" is the internet world, made personable by technology and webcams.
  • Currently students come to campus for four days during finals week when they take N401 Health Assessment. At the current time, that is the only time during the entire program that an on-site visit is necessary.
  • The UMKC School of Nursing is located on the Hospital Hill campus with the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy. It is also within walking distance of 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.


  • Whether you choose to become a leader at the bedside or progress up the clinical ladder, the BSN degree will open up many doors within your organization for individuals who possess enhanced management and leadership skills.
  • Earning your BSN degree also serves as a stepping stone for masters and doctorate education. As most of you know, nursing opportunities are vast and competitive. Completing your bachelors degree will be a gateway for advancement, no matter which path you choose.









Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission to the School of Nursing:

    • Graduation from a state board of nursing-approved school of nursing
    • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States and eligibility for licensure in Missouri
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) from the basic school of Nursing and all previous/subsequent college coursework

Prerequisite Courses

  • For the bachelor's degree, students complete 56 hours of general education course work and 28 credit hours of nursing course work from their nursing programs. Should deficiencies occur, they can be made up at UMKC. Specific general education courses needed for graduation from UMKC are the following:

    • English Composition I and II
    • Philosophy 210, 221 or 222
    • History Course that meets the Constitution requirement such as History 101 or 102 or PolSci210
    • Upon admission, students will receive an individualized plan of study

Major Courses

required courses

Students will take a core 36 credit hours in the nursing program. Four of the key core courses build on each other:

  • N481 Tools for Personal Effectiveness (6)
  • N482 Tools for Interpersonal Effectiveness (6)
  • N483 Effectiveness in Human Health Outcomes (6)
  • N484 Effectiveness in Complex Health Systems (6)
  • There are no bedside clinicals. Instead, "clinicals" are a community project consisting of five credit hours split over two semesters.

Other Programs Available

Once nursing students obtain their bachelor of science in nursing, there are many opportunites for advanced education at UMKC.

Master of Science in Nursing with seven concentration areas:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Ph.D. in Nursing (which is a research focused terminal degree) with two entry options
    • B.S.N. to Ph.D.
    • M.S.N. to Ph.D.
  • DNP in nursing (which is a clinical focused terminal degree) which is currently available to certificed advanced practice nurses - post MSN. Other options for this degree will be available soon


  • RN-BSN faculty members are viewed as leaders in the delivery of distance education. In addition, faculty members who regularly teach or who have guest lectured throughout the program are nurse leaders, nurse attorneys, and advanced-practice nurses who have benn recognized for their contributions to education, research, and the health care community.

Faculty Contacts:

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
Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may
call Relay Missouri at:
1-800-735-2966 (TT)
1-800-735-2466 (voice)


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.