When you walk through the halls of UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies or log on to our online learning management system, expect to find cutting edge researchers, dedicated faculty and students prepping for leadership roles.

We are a team with a passion for nursing and a mission to improve health outcomes for all. Our student population – undergraduate and graduate students – will join one of the hottest and most rewarding career fields in the country.

Faculty, staff, classrooms, laboratories and student workspaces are housed inside the Health Sciences Building on UMKC’s Health Sciences campus. We leverage the location – also home to three other life sciences and health professions programs – to our advantage for interprofessional development.

The SoNHS’s curriculum stands out for its rigor. But students will also find personalized attention from instructors committed to academic success. Let UMKC advisers help you determine your next step.

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Why choose the School of Nursing and Health Studies?

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked us among the nation’s Top 20 best online graduate nursing programs. We were ranked ahead of every other public university in Missouri and Kansas.
  • Personalized attention from faculty who are invested in your success.
  • A pioneering spirit comes naturally. We were the first university in Missouri to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to APRN students already certified as advanced practice nurses.
  • The current value of our external grants portfolio is over $40 million!
  • Our faculty hold leadership positions on national boards and organizations.
  • UMKC was named a “Best Value College” by Princeton Review in 2012, 2013 and 2014.


UMKC is uniquely situated to provide a highly skilled, well educated, innovative and diverse workforce for the state of Missouri. Located in the urban core, UMKC has the opportunity to set new standards in higher education by accomplishing what very few institutions can claim – a diverse faculty, staff and student body reflecting the community that it serves. This can only be accomplished by developing and maintaining inclusive recruitment, hiring, admission and retention programs throughout the organization.

The faculty, administration, staff and students of UMKC’s Nursing and Health Studies are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and the acquisition of skills that will enable us to lead rich and full lives. We an pursue these ends only in a culture of mutual respect and civility. It is thus incumbent upon all of us to create a culture of respect everywhere on campus and at all times through our actions and speech.

As a community of learners, we are committed to creating and maintaining an environment at the School of Nursing and Health Studies and on our Hospital Hill campus that is free of all forms of harassment, intimidation and discrimination. Any form of discrimination or coercion based on race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, rank, or any other characteristic will not be tolerated.

Should you, a friend, or a colleague ever experience any action or speech that feels coercive or discriminatory, you should report this immediately to the office of the Dean, and/or the Affirmative Action Office. The Affirmative Action Office, which is ultimately responsible for investigating all complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment, is located at 218A Administrative Center, 5115 Oak St.; the office may be contacted at 816-235-1323. All formal complaints will be investigated and appropriate action taken.