RN-BSN Comments

“I just want to thank the amazing team you have at UMKC. Getting a phone call on a Saturday afternoon in regards to my admittance was so overwhelming. The time you took out of your Saturday, to help meet my need was over and above- like rearranging my schedule multiple times to be more cost effective for me at this time. I have been beyond impressed over the last month in the communications from UMKC. This week has been a challenge, being out of school for 7 years and never taking an on-line course, however I feel like I have such a support that is either a phone call or email away. Your customer service at this school is top notched based on what I have heard from multiple current students, past students, and students who wish they would have attended UMKC. I am so excited to start this BSN journey, and have a dream to continue on to a master’s degree as my goal. I know I made the right decision. Thanks again and I look forward to what the future holds!!!”

Sarah Goldsmith RN, MICU
Division of Critical Care and Practice Council Chair
August, 2013

RN-BSN program

RN-BSN program

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).