School of Nursing and Health Studies Wins Federal Recognition for Promoting Youth Sports

When the federal government announced its National Youth Sports Strategy Champion effort a year ago, it struck a chord with Joey Lightner, assistant professor at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The federal effort, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is part of a strategy to increase youth sports participation and measure its many benefits.

“One focus of our public health research is to encourage physical activity for young people, especially at middle school age,” said Lightner, Ph.D., director of the school’s Bachelor of Public Health degree program. So when he heard of the federal effort, the school applied and was among the first organizations to receive the designation, in a ceremony Thursday morning.

A prime example of what the School of Nursing and Health Studies has done to increase youth physical activity is its participation in the YES Initiative, which stands for Youth Engagement in Sports, a Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition. The program is funded by an $800,000 federal grant and directed by Lightner and Amanda Grimes, Ph.D., assistant professor. The program involves undergraduate researchers at the school and collaborates with the Kansas City, Missouri, School District and partners with Children’s Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Centers, the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department and Youth Ambassadors.

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UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies 2020-2021 Admission Cycle to Open

UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Supplemental Application via NursingCAS for our online MSN, DNP, PhD, and Post-MSN Certificate  programs will open August 13, 2020. Our application process is a two-step process:

Our application deadlines are as followed:

  • Spring 2021 Deadline & early Summer 2021 decision: October 16, 2020
    • MSN & DNP
      • Nurse Educator, FNP, AGNP & WHNP tracks only.
  • Summer 2021 Deadline: February 26, 2020
    • All graduate programs & tracks, with exception to the following:
      • MSN Nurse Educator DOES NOT have a summer start.
  • Fall 2021 Deadline: February 26, 2020
    • ONLY MSN Nurse Educator, Certificates & MSN-DNP programs offer fall admission.

Additional information regarding our admission & application process for our Graduate Nursing degrees visit SoNHS Admission.

Questions? Contact the School of Nursing & Health Studies Student Services department at 816.235.1700 or

UMKC Nursing and Health Studies: CCNE Accredited for Another Decade

The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies’ national accreditation has been renewed for 10 years, through June 2029.

Joy Roberts, interim dean, said, “This full accreditation means that the school’s BSN, MSN, DNP and post-MSN certificate programs meet or exceed standards accepted by nursing education programs throughout the country. This gold standard of approval indicates the high quality of our nursing education.”

The school received the good news from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a national accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The commission reviews undergraduate, graduate and residency programs in nursing under a voluntary, self-regulatory peer review.

SoNHS New COVID-19 Course Offering for Fall 2020

The School of Nursing and Health Studies is offering a new course for the fall 2020 semester. This 3-credit hour course will cover etiology, epidemiology, preparedness and response from COVID-19.

Students will learn about disease transmission, populations which are most affected and why, and local state and federal response.

Click here to read more about the course or log-in to pathway to enroll.