Our accredited RN-BSN program is designed for working registered nurses. Students must have an unencumbered registered nursing license to qualify for the RN-BSN program.

Applications for the RN-BSN Fall 2020 semester are still being accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Anita Skarbek, RN-BSN Program Director at skarbeka@umkc.edu


Expand your leadership skills and your career opportunities by adding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to your Registered Nurse licensure.

The RN-BSN program at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is a nationally recognized fully online nursing degree that stands out for its use of technology, faculty engagement, excellent student outcomes and student satisfaction.

The UMKC RN-BSN program was recently recognized by TheBestSchools.org as being ranked 12 out of 50 nationally ranked online RN-BSN programs for quality online delivery. A recognition we are most proud of.

One feature that sets the UMKC RN-BSN online program apart from other completion programs is the integration of rural, urban and suburban nurses coming together to explore issues relevant to health care and the nursing profession. The program is designed to hone the professional development of RNs to become leaders, managers, coordinators, advocates and designers of care. During the final year of the RN-BSN curriculum, student teams work collaboratively with RN-BSN supervisory practice experience faculty, healthcare organizations or healthcare-related entities to design and implement team-directed practice experiences. The process is created to empower you to assume a leadership role in improving health care.

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. To see if you are eligible to apply to one of our on-line programs, please visit http://info.umkc.edu/online/state-authorization/.

General Education

Students must complete 56 credit hours in general education coursework which includes the following courses: English Composition I, English Composition II or Speech, Philosophy 210 (Introduction to Philosophy or its equivalent), 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 online 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 two ways:

  • By transfer coursework from an associate degree program accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting body;
  • Successful passage of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Upper Division Nursing Courses

The upper division component of the RN-BSN track requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework which must be completed at UMKC and is dependent upon prior coursework transferred into the program. The primary courses are divided into four learning block courses – N481, N482, N483, & N484.

Online Distance Education Program

As a public university, pursuing your RN-BSN education at UMKC is quite affordable. We offer in-state tuition in states we are authorized to deliver our RN-BSN online program. Although geography might separate you from your professor, students receive a top-quality education with faculty and staff who are committed to your success. Through the use of technological support systems in place, there are many opportunities for students to engage virtually with their professors, academic advisors and their peers.

The RN-BSN track does not require you to come to UMKC for any coursework. Courses are delivered via Canvas and are held in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and class.

RN-BSN 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.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) from the basic school of nursing and all previous and 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
    5115 Oak St.
    Kansas City, MO 64112