Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Education (BSN)
There are a variety of different academic paths to achieve a BSN degree. Our five semester Accelerated BSN program is carefully designed to allow students with a previous bachelor’s degree to complete a BSN in less time than a traditional program, but with opportunities for school-life balance. If you don’t already have a bachelor’s, please consider visiting our Pre-Licensure (traditional) BSN program page. Or, if you are already a registered nurse (RN), please consider visiting our RN-BSN program page.
Advantages of completing your Accelerated BSN with the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies (SoNHS):
- In less than two years, Accelerated students complete 1,200 clinical hours, the most in the Kansas City region.
- Due to the extensive amount of clinical hours completed, clinical partners consistently report that UMKC BSN graduates are “job ready” for success as a new graduate nurse.
- Clinical courses are enhanced with experiences in our state of the art experiential learning spaces, including a nursing skills laboratory and high-fidelity simulation center.
- Daytime classes allow for more school-life balance by freeing up your evenings and weekends.
- In 2017, demand from our clinical partners contributed to permission from the Missouri State Board of Nursing to increase enrollment in the Accelerated BSN program.
Accelerated BSN Pre-Requisites
Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of spring semester the year you apply:
- N120 Anatomy & Physiology I (4) & N160 Anatomy & Physiology II (4) or Equivalent course(s) (Anatomy and Physiology separately is ok, course must be at least 5 credits to be accepted)
- CHEM 115 (4) & CHEM 115L (1) or Equivalent Chemistry w/lab course
- BIOL 112 Microbiology (3) or equivalent Microbiology course (no lab required)
- CHEM 206 Human Nutrition (3) or equivalent Nutrition course
- N252 Human Growth and Development (3) or equivalent Human Lifespan Development course
NOTE: Admission to Pre-Nursing Accelerated BHS (nursing undeclared) does not ensure admission to the Clinical Major.
- Chemistry w/lab, Anatomy and Physiology w/lab and Microbiology must not be more than five years old.
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for all prerequisite coursework, but higher is recommended
- A minimum grade of B- is required for each prerequisite course
Apply generally to UMKC first under Health Science-Accelerated. The clinical supplemental is completed after the general application between November and January each year (you have until May to complete the pre-reqs).
If you plan on taking any pre-reqs at another college, visit the course equivalency page at: http://www.umkc.edu/registrar/transfer-credit/course-equivalency.asp or check with a BSN advisor to be sure your courses will transfer. If you will be taking classes at a school other than UMKC, you will need to have official transcripts sent to the UMKC Admissions Office as soon as grades are posted.
Who makes a strong candidate: The committee looks at the Pre-Req GPA (3.5 or higher is recommended, 2.75 is required) and cumulative GPA (2.75 required, but 3.5 or higher is recommended-this is all courses ever taken, including repeated courses), UM System GPA (if applicable) must also be a minimum 2.75. The GPA for consideration will be an average of the pre-requisite and cumulative GPA. In addition, a personal essay, as well as 30 hours of Direct Patient Interaction Documentation from the past two years (such as CNA, hospice volunteering, or nursing home volunteering) is required.
Our unique clinical experience offers:
- The opportunity for extensive clinical experience in adult medical-surgical, pediatric, obstetric, mental health, community health, leadership, and critical/emergency care nursing.
- A 300 hour final semester capstone/internship experience in one of the aforementioned specialty areas.
- Interactions with diverse patients in urban and suburban settings within agencies and hospitals that are privately-owned, publicly-owned, and teaching institutions.
- Optional weekend clinical experiences based on individual student preference.
Highlights of completing your Accelerated BSN with the UMKC community of learners:
- All Kansas residents receive in-state tuition through UMKC’s Kansas Rate.
- Residents of 15 regional Midwestern states receive discounted tuition through UMKC’s Heartland Rate.
- Be part of a community that values respect, inclusion and diversity, integrity, excellence, innovation, and health. Read more about the SoNHS Statement of Values and the UMKC Statement of Values.
- Attend one of only 18 universities in the country located within a dedicated Health Sciences District where Nursing and Health Studies, Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy share a single, walkable campus, fostering exceptional interprofessional student learning opportunities.
- Get involved in student life activities centered around your personal interests.
Pursuant to Section 335.066, RSMo, of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act (http://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=335.066), completion of the
BSN PL or BSN AT programs do not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination.