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.


NOTE: UMKC SONHS are not currently accepting new applications for the RN-BSN program.


Dual Admit MCCPV ADN and RN-BSN Program

Dual Admission for Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Penn Valley admitted Associate Degree in Nursing students and UMKC RN-BSN Program

NOTE: Currently not accepting applicants for the '24-'25 academic year. See MCC Penn Valley website for more info.

Our Dual Admit program enables students who are actively pursuing an Associate in Applied Science in professional Nursing from MCC Penn Valley the opportunity to work towards the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UMKC via the RN to BSN Degree Completion Program. Students enroll in the summer semesters with UMKC, while completing ADN coursework with MCCPV.

Students will be expected to complete a specified coursework sequence as outlined in the following sample plan of study. Students are admitted provisionally to UMKC, whilst working towards completion of AAS and successful completion of NCLEX exam.

Please note UMKC SoNHS RN to BSN Completion Program is 100% online program. For the dual enrollment students, the N401 Health Assessment course will be offered as a hybrid course where there will be allotted onsite practice labs and final checkoff. In addition to successful completion of the AAS & NCLEX, students must successfully complete all general education requirements and our upper division nursing courses, to earn a total of 120 credit hours.

Students must submit the UMKC application to be considered for the dual admit program by selecting “Nursing BSN” as the major and “Dual AAS/RN-BSN” as the Nursing Emphasis Area. If you have any questions, please refer to nurses@umkc.edu and the RN-BSN Program Director; Dr. Anita Skarbek (skarbeka@umkc.edu). Our Senior Student Recruitment Specialists and Dr. Skarbek will be available to schedule phone/Zoom appointments to discuss the dual enrollment program with prospective students and answer questions they may have.

Click HERE to schedule a 1:1 visit with a recruiter to learn more!
Click HERE for application instructions, FAQ, sample plan of study and more!

RN-BSN Program

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/.


"I took note of the BSN-PhD option when I was exploring the UMKC website upon entering the RN-BSN program and made it a goal to apply upon graduation. This was one of the best decisions I ever made as I loved the accessibility of the bridge from BSN to PhD and felt well-prepared for the online courses due to my experiences in the BSN program. I also can’t thank UMKC enough for the support I received from faculty throughout my BSN-PhD journey!"
-Kelly Dickerson, PhD, RN,   
UMKC RN-BSN Class of 2014


RN-BSN Sample POS 2021-2022 Essentials RN-BSN Sample POS 2021-2022 Core 42

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 Currently RN online SoNHS courses with the 'NURSE' prefix subject that are required for the degree will be charged a special in-state tuition rate equal to what is listed for MO residents on the Cashier's website

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.
  • Successful completion of all Clinical Professional Requirements is required at the time of Admission

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