Baccalaureate Nursing Education (BSN)

Undergraduate baccalaureate nursing education is designed to prepare a nurse generalist who demonstrates responsibility, accountability and critical thinking. The nurse generalist uses a comprehensive approach to health care and can meet diversified health concerns of individuals, families and communities at all stages of development. The UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies offers an innovative program in the management of health. 

There are three options available to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree: 

  • Pre-Licensure track (4-Year traditional program in nursing for students who want to obtain a BSN and do not possess a previous bachelor's degree or RN license)
  • Accelerated Track (2nd degree option for students who possess a bachelor's degree in another discipline, do not possess an RN license and want to obtain a BSN)
  • RN-BSN track (BSN Completion Program for students who are licensed registered nurses (RNs), possess an associate's degree or diploma in nursing and want to obtain a BSN)

University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

BSN Pre-licensure Track (4-Year Traditional Program in Nursing)

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • incorporate knowledge from arts, humanities and sciences in the planning and provision of professional nursing care;
  • demonstrate Personal Effectiveness as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Critical Thinking, Professional Valuing/Caring, and Professional Role Development;
  • demonstrate Interpersonal Effectiveness as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Communication, Teaching/Learning, and Technology Utilization;
  • demonstrate Effectiveness in Human Health Outcomes as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Evidence-Based Care; and
  • demonstrate Effectiveness Within Complex Health Systems as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Leadership/Management, Global Perspectives, and Health Care Systems and Policy.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor/Discourse and Focus General Education courses are waived (with the exception of Anchor/Discourse III) if student has an Associate’s degree from an accredited MO or KS community college.  All Anchor/Discourse and Focus (and Foreign Language and American Government/History) waived if student has a prior Bachelor’s degree.

A minimum grade of C must be achieved in all required general education courses prior to or while admitted to the nursing program in order to continue progression in the nursing program. A grade of less than C (C-, D+, D, F, NR and Withdrawal Failing/WF) or Audit/AT is not satisfactory for progression. 

Anchor I (Reasoning and Values) 63
Anchor II (Culture and Diversity) 1,63
Anchor III (Civic and Community Engagement) 2,63
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing) 33
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech) 43
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing) 53
Focus A 63
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits21
1

Must be taken with Discourse II.

2

Must be taken with Discourse III.

3

Can also transfer in English Comp I or ACT English 30 or AP English Language 4+ score.

4

Can also transfer in English Comp II or Speech; Must be taken after Discourse I.

5

Must be taken after Discourse I and II.

6

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3
1

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

Program Prerequisites

A minimum grade of B- is required for each pre-requisite course. Students taking science pre-requisites or admitted to the nursing program must achieve a grade of B- or better in all courses. Minimum nursing GPA is 2.75.  A grade of less than B- (C+, C, C-, D+, D, F, NR and Withdrawal Failing/WF) or Audit/AT is not satisfactory for progression in the nursing program. Students must obtain a final grade of 80% or higher in order to progress in the nursing program. Students must also earn an 80% or higher on the combined average of the course examinations (defined as “Tests” and “Final Exams”) in order to progress in the nursing program.

CHEM 115
115L
Elements Of Chemistry I
and Elements Of Chemistry, Laboratory I 3
5
CHEM 206Human Nutrition (or approved equivalent; Focus B)3
HLSC 101Introduction to Health Sciences 13
Foreign Language 23
HLSC 120Anatomy & Physiology I 34
HLSC 160Anatomy and Physiology II 34
MATH 110College Algebra (Focus B)3
NURSE 101Introduction to Nursing2
NURSE 252Human Growth and Development (or approved equivalent)3
NURSE 345Quantitative Analysis In The Health Sciences (or approved equivalent)3
LS-MCRB 112Microbiology and Living 33
Total Credits36
1

Waived if student has 60+ credit hours and a 3.5+ GPA or has taken A&S 100 at UMKC.

2

The pre-licensure BSN degree requires only 3 credits (one course) of a foreign language. It can be ANY foreign language. We can also accept a sign language course instead (note: sign language is not taught/offered at UMKC- you will have to go to another school if you wish to take that). If the prospective/current student is bilingual and 1st language in the home was other than English, we waive the foreign language requirement for that particular student.

3

The courses Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry with lab and Microbiology CANNOT BE OLDER THAN FIVE YEARS from when you are beginning the clinical program.

Professional Degree Requirements

The remaining courses below are clinical courses ONLY and will be completed by the student once formally accepted into the clinical major (six semesters-3 years long): These are not courses to try and enroll in if you haven’t been accepted into the 3 year clinical program yet!!

NURSE 125Medical Terminology1
NURSE 127Drug Calculations1
NURSE 220Fundamental Concepts & Skills6
NURSE 230Health In Aging2
NURSE 250Health Assessment for Nursing Practice3
NURSE 256Pharmacology3
NURSE 262Management of Adult Health I5
NURSE 342Legal & Ethical Issues2
NURSE 360Management of Mental Health4
NURSE 362Management of Adult Health II5
NURSE 364Management of Maternal & Family Health4
NURSE 366Management of Child & Adolescent Health4
NURSE 395Pathophysiology3
NURSE 462Special Topics (Healthcare)2
NURSE 465Management of Community and Public Health Nursing4
NURSE 467Management of Critical & Emergent Care5
NURSE 468Effectiveness in Complex Health Systems4
NURSE 472Clinical Internship5
NURSE 476Scientific Inquiry3
Nursing Elective Courses at the 400 Level2
Introduction to Social Justice
Special Topics
Total Credits68

Graduation with a BSN degree does not guarantee licensure.  Students must successfully complete the NCLEX exam and apply for licensure with their state’s Board of Nursing to obtain a license as a registered nurse. 

Minimum GPA: 2.75

Total Credit Hours: 128


Accelerated Track (2nd Degree option for students with a previous bachelor's degree)

Students in this track must already have a bachelor's degree and will need to meet the same prerequisites and professional degree requirements as in the Pre-Licensure program. Please see an advisor for a sample program of study.


RN-BSN Track (BSN Completion Program for students who are current RNs)

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • incorporate knowledge from arts, humanities and sciences in the planning and provision of professional nursing care.
  • demonstrate Personal Effectiveness as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Critical Thinking, Professional Valuing/Caring, and Professional Role Development.
  • demonstrate Interpersonal Effectiveness as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Communication, Teaching/Learning, and Technology Utilization.
  • demonstrate Effectiveness in Human Health Outcomes as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Evidence-Based Care.
  • demonstrate Effectiveness Within Complex Health Systems as evidenced by progressing from awareness to knowledge to proficiency in the following competencies: Leadership/Management, Global Perspectives, and Health Care Systems and Policy.

Nursing Completion Only Program (RN-BSN)

Admission Requirements for the RN-BSN Program

  • 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 A.D.N. programs may be admitted on provisional status.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the United States.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 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.
  • Open and rolling admission program.  Students may apply for any semester (fall, spring or summer) and once admitted, can enroll in courses as determined by their plan of study.

 The application is a two-step process:

  • Apply and obtain acceptance to UMKC.  (Note: acceptance from UMKC Admissions does not guarantee your acceptance into the RN-BSN program). 
  • Apply to the RN-BSN program by completing and submitting the “Supplemental Application”

Additional requirements:

  • Valid, current and unencumbered RN license.  If NCLEX results are pending, students must submit proof of licensure prior to the first nursing course (N401 or N481).  Note: an unencumbered RN license must be maintained throughout the program.

Additional Notifications

Performance standards may be influenced annually by various regulatory agency requirements and subject to change.  Students will be notified in writing within 24 hours of mandated changes.  Students admitted the BSN program prior to any mandated change will not be held to the new requirements.

State regulations require that UMKC be authorized to offer online degrees in the state where a student resides while enrolled in the program.  UMKC is currently authorized to offer online programs in the states listed on the UMKC Online webpage: http://online.umkc.edu/state-authorization/.  If you are in one of the online programs and there is a possibility that you would relocate to another state while enrolled in the program, you must notify your academic advisor or the program director immediately.  Note that regulations in that state may stipulate additional or specific requirements that may prohibit or limit your ability to enroll in or complete the online degree through UMKC.

Required General Education Coursework

Students must complete 56 credit hours in general education coursework.

DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
or ENGLISH 110 English I: Introduction To Academic Prose
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
or ENGLISH 225 English II: Intermediate Academic Prose
or COMM-ST 110 Fundamentals Of Effective Speaking And Listening
PHILOS 210Introduction to Philosophy3
Constitution Course (choose one of the following):3
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
American Government
Quantitative Analysis (choose one of the following):3
Quantitative Analysis In The Health Sciences
MATH 300-or above (Statistics)
NURSE 395Pathophysiology3
Additional Hours38
Total Credits56

These courses are required for graduation and not for admission into the RN-BSN program.

*If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited college, you are exempt from the above general education courses. 

A minimum grade of C is required in all general education, science and nursing courses in order to progress in the nursing program. A grade of less than C (C-, D+, D, F, NR and Withdrawal Failing/WF) or Audit/AT is not satisfactory for progression. 

Professional Degree Requirements

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).

Students requesting admission to the BSN program who are graduates of diploma or non-National League for Nursing (NLN) accredited Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs may be admitted on provisional status.  Upon completion of Nurse 481 - Block I: Tools for Personal Effectiveness (6 credit hours) and Nurse 482 - Block II: Tools for Interpersonal Effectiveness (3 hours) with a grade of C or better and a minimum semester GPA of 2.75, 28 hours of credit by NCLEX exam will be added to the UMKC transcript and the provisional status will be removed.


Upper Division Nursing courses

The 36 hours of coursework below is required to be completed through UMKC. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all college credit attempted or earned coursework to enroll in any 200-level or higher nursing course.  A semester GPA of 2.75 must be maintained to progress in the nursing curriculum. 

NURSE 401Health Assessment for Clinical Practice3
NURSE 417Information Systems and Technology for Improved Health Care3
NURSE 476Scientific Inquiry3
NURSE 481Block I: Tools for Personal Effectiveness6
NURSE 482Block II: Tools for Interpersonal Effectiveness3
NURSE 483Block III: Effectiveness in Human Health Outcomes6
NURSE 484Block IV: Effectiveness in Complex Health Systems6
NURSE 485Application to Practice I3
NURSE 486Application to Practice II3
Total Credits36

Minimum GPA: 2.75

Total Credit Hours: 120


Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.