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.

Recent Publications Highlight Nursing Schools Researchers’ Work

It has been a fruitful spring for researchers at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, whose work has been published in journals and a new book.

Professor Cynthia L. Russell, Ph.D., R.N., who leads an interprofessional team in transplantation research, was a co-author of two published studies: “Variability in Practice Patterns Regarding Protective Isolation Measures After Heart Transplant,” in the American Journal of Infection Control, and “Validation of the Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) Short Form Scale in Heart Transplant Recipients: the International Cross-Sectional Bright Study,” by BMC Health Services Research.

Assistant Professor Carli Zegers, Ph.D., APRN-NP, FNP-BC, was a co-author of “Developing Tomorrow’s Nursing Leaders: How The Future of Nursing – Campaign for Action Promotes Leadership,” a chapter in the book Advanced Practice Nursing Leadership: A Global Perspective.” The book highlights global Advance Practice Nursing leadership and includes case studies on leadership from around the world, mentioning UMKC in Zegers’ chapter.

And the research of Katie Huhmann, DNP ’19, “Barriers and Facilitators to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Somali Immigrant Women: An Integrative Review,” was published by the Oncology Nursing Forum.

Congratulations to Our Spring 2020 Graduates

The 252 members of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Class of 2020 received their degrees Sunday with online pomp and circumstance. The unprecedented online event was made necessary as a safeguard against spread of the coronavirus, and the school made sure each graduate was honored.

Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal offered congratulations and said the Class of 2020 had “proven your ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and to excel.” Provost Jennifer Lundgren followed with brief remarks before Interim Dean Joy Roberts introduced the roll call of degree recipients.

This semester we graduated 59 Bachelor of Science in Nursing students, 49 Bachelor of Health Sciences students, 5 Bachelor of Science in Public Health students, 78 Master of Science in Nursing students, 52 Doctor of Nursing Practice students, and 9 Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing students.