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As a Senior Nursing student enrolled in the RN-BSN Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving my classmates and I the very best of the best regarding the quality of education we are receiving at UMKC.  Overall, my instructors are five-star, and when people ask me, “How do you like UMKC?”, I respond with confidence that I am receiving an excellent education comparable to any institution in the United States (US).  Thank you so much for making the earning of an education an honor and a privilege.“  Stacey Suarez, August, 2016


Expand your leadership skills and your career opportunities by adding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to your Registered Nurse licensure.

The RN-BSN track at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is a nationally recognized online degree that stands out for its use of technology, faculty engagement, excellent student outcomes and student satisfaction.

The track is ideal for an RN who wants to fulfill the increasing demand for nurses to be baccalaureate prepared, in a dynamic health care environment. A BSN degree will build on your previous education as a basis for developing clinical, community, technological, inter-professional collaborative skills, and leadership skills. It will also open the door for a doctoral degree. Regardless of your motivation, UMKC can help.

The UMKC RN-BSN program is recognized by the National League for Nursing for its innovative and effective use of technology. Find out how UMKC compares (pdf) to other online RN-BSN programs, and see the difference our program can make for you.

One feature that sets the UMKC RN-BSN program apart from other completion programs is the integration of rural, urban and suburban nurses coming together to explore issues relevant to health care and the nursing profession. The program is designed to hone the professional development of RNs to become leaders, managers, coordinators, advocates and designers of care. During the final year of the RN-BSN curriculum, student teams work collaboratively with RN-BSN supervisory practice experience faculty, healthcare organizations or healthcare-related entities to design and implement team-directed practice experiences. The process is created to empower you to assume a leadership role in improving health care.

Each state has different registration and approval regulations for online degree programs offered within their state. We are not approved to offer online degree programs in all states. To see if you are eligible to apply to one of our on-line programs, please visit

General Education

Students must complete 56 credit hours in general education coursework which includes the following courses: English Composition I, English Composition II, Philosophy (any course from the Philosophy department), History or Political Science (with a Constitution component), N-345 (Quantitative Analysis of the Health Sciences) and N-395 (Pathophysiology). These courses are required for graduation and not for admission into the RN-BSN program.

Lower Division Nursing courses

The lower division component of the RN-BSN track requires 28 credit hours of coursework which may be obtained in one of two ways:

  • By transfer coursework from an associate degree program accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting body;
  • Successful passage of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Upper Division Nursing courses

The upper division component of the RN-BSN track requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework which must be completed at UMKC and is dependent upon prior coursework transferred into the program. The primary courses are divided into four learning block courses – N481, N482, N483, & N484.

Online/Hybrid Distance Education Program

As a public university, pursuing your RN-BSN education at UMKC is quite affordable. Although geography might separate you from your professor, students receive a top-quality education with faculty and staff who are committed to your success. Through the use of technological support systems in place, there are many opportunities for students to engage virtually with their professors, academic advisors and their peers.

The RN-BSN track does not require you to come to UMKC for any coursework. Courses are delivered via Blackboard and are held in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and class.

We are now a part of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which allows us to offer online programs to students in other SARA states.  We are able to accept and enroll students into most of our online programs in 48 states, including Washington, DC. We highly recommend that you review this information prior to submitting your application. Please review the state regulatory map to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from a state board of nursing-approved school of nursing. Students requesting admission to the BSN program who are graduates of diploma or non-accredited ADN programs may be admitted on provisional status.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the United States.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) from the basic school of nursing and all previous and subsequent college coursework. Students applying with a cumulative GPA ranging from 2.0 to 2.499 may be admitted on probation based on review of individual circumstances.

Application Checklist

  • Submit the UMKC Application
  • Transfer students have an official transcript mailed from each institution attended to:
    UMKC Office of Admissions
    120 Administrative Center
    5115 Oak St.
    Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Mail the following four items to:
    UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
    ATTN: RN-BSN application
    2464 Charlotte St.
    Kansas City, MO 64108-2718:

    1. RN-BSN Supplemental Application
    2. Signed Personal Responsibility Form
    3. Clear copy of valid, current and unencumbered RN license (or copy of proof of licensure from your State Board of Nursing’s website). If you have not taken the NCLEX yet, submit proof of licensure as soon as possible (must be received prior to the first day of a core nursing class).
    4. Send the $20 Nursing Application Fee (check or money order made out to UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies).