RN-BSN Comments

The thing that attracted me to the UMKC program was the reports that I received about the staff being so personable and caring. IT IS SO TRUE!!

Susan Flack
October, 2014

As a non-traditional student I was somewhat concerned about taking the Physiology and Pathophysiology portions of the curriculum. With the engaging labs, lectures, and team projects, I shouldn't have been worried at all. It was a bit like coming home - back to the basics of nursing!

Michelle Bolton
October, 2014

RN-BSN program

RN-BSN program

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. Please feel free to call us to verify the status of your state’s regulations.


The RN-BSN track is an accredited online program. One of the several features that sets UMKC’s RN-BSN program apart from other RN-BSN programs, involves the integration of our program’s Rural Nursing Initiative, where rural and urban RNs from across the nation, learn and interact with each other to explore issues relevant to healthcare and the nursing profession. Course content throughout the track includes rural and urban health concepts and focuses on development of the professional role of the RN as leader, manager, coordinator, advocate and designer of care. During the final year of the RN-BSN curriculum, student teams will work collaboratively with RN-BSN supervisory practice experience faculty, healthcare organizations or healthcare-related entities to collaboratively design and implement team-directed practice experiences. The process you will undertake during your team-directed practice experiences will empower you to assume a leadership role in improving care in a complex, dynamic healthcare environment. Find out how UMKC compares to other online RN-BSN programs, and see the difference UMKC’s RN-BSN program can make for you.

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 three ways:

  • by transfer coursework from an associate degree program accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting body;  
  • successful completion of specified core nursing courses for graduates of the diploma programs; or
  • successful completion of specified core nursing courses for graduates of non-accredited associate degree programs.

General education and Lower division nursing courses completed at other colleges or universities are transferred to UMKC according to University policy.

Upper Division Nursing courses

The upper division component of the RN-BSN track requires 36 credit hours of coursework which must be completed at UMKC. The primary upper division nursing courses are divided into four innovative learning block courses (N481, N482, N483, N484) that build developmentally upon each other and address specific challenges nurses face in everyday work experiences.


The faculty facilitated student practice experiences in N485 and N486 to allow RN-BSN students to work with other RN-BSN students across the country to address real-life healthcare issues across populations. For example, a group designed and piloted a "train-the-trainer" CPR program for a non-English speaking Hispanic community. The project was in a Kansas City neighborhood but the team leader was in Arizona. The project was a huge success and the agency is now working with a fourth group of RN-BSN students.


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 and eligibility for licensure in Missouri
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) from the basic school of nursing and all previous/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
    5100 Rockhill Road
    Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Mail the following four items to:
   UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies
   ATTN: Major Hatch
   2464 Charlotte Street
   Kansas City, MO 64108-2718:

  • RN-BSN Supplemental Application
  • Signed Personal Responsibility Form
  • Clear copy of valid, current, and unencumbered RN license (or copy of verification form 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).
  • Please send the $20 Nursing Application Fee (check or money order made out to UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies).