High School Students

It’s never too early to begin thinking about your college courses. Early planning will ensure you’re classes are aligned with your career path.

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS)

High School and First-time College Students

Admissions criteria for high school and first-time college students applying to the BHS program:
  • Graduation from an accredited United States high school or equivalent.
  • Demonstration of ability to perform successfully at the college level, as evidenced by a combination of high school rank and ACT/SAT score(s).
  • High school curriculum described as follows (one unit equals one year in class):
  • Four units of English
  • Four units of math (Algebra I or higher)
  • Three units of science
  • Three units of social studies
  • One unit of fine arts
  • Two units of the same foreign language

Application procedure for the BHS program:

  • Complete UMKC application ($45 application fee)
  • Submit official ACT/SAT test score(s) and official high school transcript, along with official transcripts from any colleges at which you earned credit, using one of these methods: 
    • By mail
      UMKC Office of Admissions
      Administrative Center
      5115 Oak St., Room 120
      Kansas City, MO 64112
    • By secured email
      umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu
    • By electronic transfer
      Through your academic institution
Please note that the Office of Admissions determines general admissibility to UMKC based on the criteria listed above; students who have been admitted to the BHS program by the Office of Admissions have done all that they need to do to be admitted to the program. There is no separate application process for the BHS.  Once admitted, you will need to log back into your UMKC application to accept your admission.    

Visit the BHS program page for more information and contact the UMKC Welcome Center to schedule a campus visit.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

High School and First-time College Students

Prospective students interested in UMKC’s Pre-licensure BSN program should schedule a campus visit with UMKC’s Welcome Center. You should also request to attend an Information Session at the School of Nursing & Health Studies to learn more about the admission requirements. Visit the BSN Pre-Licensure  program page for more information.

Additional notes about the structure of the Pre-licensure BSN program:

  • The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Pre-licensure BSN program uses a 1+3 format, which calls for students to complete one year of general education followed by three years of nursing courses with general education courses mixed in. This means students receive earlier nursing experience than many traditional 2+2 programs.
  • We highly recommend that interested students in BSN programs attend an information session to learn the program specifics. Information sessions for the Pre-licensure BSN program are held monthly at the Health Sciences Building. Please call 816-235-1700 for more information.
  • Students applying to the BSN program should visit the Transfer Equivalencies site to be certain that you take the correct equivalent courses.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for the Accelerated and Pre-licensure BSN programs are held monthly at the Health Sciences Building. Please visit our events page for more information or call 816-235-1700 for more information.

Advanced Placement/Dual Credit courses:

Before beginning Advanced Placement/Dual Credit courses, look at a sample Plan of Study to be sure they are applicable to our programs. For example, if you receive college credit for English Composition I or II, we will apply those courses to our nursing plan. If you take Western Civilization, UMKC will accept those college credit hours, but we will not be able to add that course into our nursing plan since it is not required. Contact the admissions office if you are unsure which courses are required and which are not.

Nursing Direct Admit Program

The Nursing Direct Admit Program is designed for outstanding high school students who intend to enter UMKC as freshmen. Eligible students are offered direct admission into the Pre- Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Program as freshmen in accordance with the clinical major. To meet eligibility requirements, students must be accepted to UMKC a first-time college student, or freshman with a composite ACT score of 27 or higher. Benefits of the Nursing Direct Admit program include the clinical supplemental application waived, early interaction with current clinical students, and opportunities to assist with SoNHS Nursing events. For more information, visit the Nursing Direct Admit page.