Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Application Instructions

Dear Future Undergraduate Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Nursing program.  For more information on applying to the programs, please visit the BSN Pre-Licensure or Accelerated program page.

Current UMKC students should schedule a meeting with their academic advisor to review the requirements for application to the pre-licensure or accelerated BSN program.  Prospective students to UMKC should schedule a campus visit with UMKC’s Welcome Center and request to attend an Information Session at the School of Nursing & Health Studies to learn more about the admission requirements for the pre-licensure or accelerated BSN program.

High School Students

It’s never too early to begin thinking about your college courses. Early planning will ensure you’re classes are aligned with your career path.

The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Pre-licensure BSN program uses a 1+3 format, which calls for students to complete one year of general education followed by three years of nursing courses with general education courses mixed in. It means students can begin studying their passion earlier than many traditional 2+2 nursing programs.

Advanced Placement/Dual Credit

Before beginning Advanced Placement/Dual Credit courses, look at a sample Plan of Study to be sure they are applicable to our program. For example, if you receive college credit for English Composition I or II, we will apply those courses to our nursing plan. If you take Western Civilization, UMKC will accept those college credit hours, but we will not be able to add that course into our nursing plan since it is not required. Contact our office if you are unsure which courses are required and which are not.

Transfer Students

Are you ready to make a change in a new environment? UMKC advisers have created several resources to help transfer students prepare for the move and settle in to their new setting. Under resources, you will find common transfer equivalency lists from Kansas City area community colleges.

Pre-licensure BSN students

The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Pre-licensure BSN program uses a 1+3 format, which calls for students to complete one year of general education followed by three years of nursing courses with general education courses mixed in. It means students can begin studying their passion earlier than many traditional 2+2 nursing programs.

Accelerated-BSN students

We highly recommend that you attend an information session to learn the program specifics. Also, be sure to visit the Transfer Equivalencies site to be certain that you take the correct equivalent courses.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for the Accelerated and Pre-licensure BSN programs are held monthly at the Health Sciences Building. Please visit our events page for more information or call 816-235-1700 for more information.

International Students

Admission requirements

International students will find several resources to get started.

The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies provide resources to help international students determine eligibility including the International Student Admission Policy and Procedure (pdf) for Nursing students.

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Graduates of foreign nursing schools must complete the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) qualifying examination and the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) with passing scores prior to admission to the School of Nursing and Health Studies. The school may also assess the level of current clinical skills prior to enrollment in clinical course work.

Students must also complete a CFGNS Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) report to determine equivalency of course work. The Full Education Course-by-Course Report must be requested with a copy sent to the School of Nursing and Health Studies. For more information and specific testing dates, visit CGFNS.

Admission procedure for all programs

In the year of application to the School of Nursing and Health Studies:
• Students with an F1, J1 or H1 status must complete an International Student Application (pdf). U.S. citizens or students with permanent resident status may complete the UMKC Application.
• Register for the CGFNS qualifying exam before the deadline. Call 215-349-8767 for more information. Also, obtain and complete the CES for a full education course-by-course report to be mailed to: 
UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies, 2464 Charlotte St.,
Kansas City, MO 64108.

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• Take the CGFNS examination on the test date prior to the semester in which you plan to enroll.
• Send applications for admission to UMKC and admission to the School of Nursing and Health Studies before the published deadline.
• Send application for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The Council of the State Boards of Nursing gives this examination.
• Take the NCLEX exam prior to admission.
• Admission to the School of Nursing and Health Studies will be considered upon completion of the CFGNS and NCLEX.