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 (4-5 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 (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 (BSN Completion Program for students who are currently licensed registered nurses (RNs), possess an associate's degree or diploma in nursing and want to obtain a BSN). Enrollment may be full or part-time.

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 (4-5 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.

Admissions

Students begin the BSN Pre-licensure program as Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) Pre-Nurse students. Refer to Major Map for additional details.

Students fulfill all prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in nursing courses.

Students must earn a grade of B- or better in all pre-requisite courses required for admission to the nursing program. Students who receive a grade of less than B- may repeat these courses. Nursing courses may not be attempted more than twice. The only nursing courses that may be taken prior to admission into the nursing program are NURSE 101, NURSE 120, NURSE 125, NURSE 160, NURSE 252 and/or NURSE 345. Students who wish to take nursing courses after notification of admission to the nursing program the summer before beginning the clinical major may do so but the SoNHS Policies & Procedures for BSN PL and AT Program will apply.

Once admitted to the nursing program, students must achieve a grade of C or better in all general education courses and a B- or better in all nursing courses.

During Phase I as Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) Pre-Nursing students the following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of B-.

NURSE 120Anatomy & Physiology I4
LS-MCRB 112Microbiology and Living3
CHEM 206Human Nutrition3
or NURSE 252 Human Growth and Development
NURSE 160Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM 115
115L
Elements Of Chemistry I
and Elements Of Chemistry, Laboratory I
5

Once courses in Phase I are completed, an application is submitted to the BSN-PL program, Applications are due each January to begin the following fall semester, The remaining pre-requisite courses must be completed in the following spring semester in order to begin the BSN Clinical Program in the following fall semester, if an offer of admission is issued.

Criteria for Admission to Nursing Major

  • Admission to UMKC
  • Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the end of the spring semester of the year of application
  • Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA each semester for all courses required in the nursing program attempted or earned
  • Satisfactory completion of all pre-requisite courses by the end of the spring semester of the year of application.  Refer to Time Limit on Science Courses Policy (science courses taken must be no older than five years).  Completed courses must include:  Chemistry w/lab, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology with lab, Nutrition, and Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan.  In addition, a 300 or 400 level Statistics course can be taken prior to entering the clinical program, or can be taken the first semester if admitted into the clinical program. 

Procedure for Application to the Nursing Major

  • Submission of the School of Nursing and Health Studies Application materials which are posted in November on the School of Nursing and Health Studies website
  • The Student Affairs Committee reviews all applications to the Nursing Major

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

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

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 Nutrition3
HLSC 101Introduction to Health Sciences 13
Foreign Language 23
HLSC 120Anatomy & Physiology I4
HLSC 160Anatomy and Physiology II4
MATH 110Precalculus 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

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): You must be accepted into the three-year clinical program to begin these courses.

Once admitted to the nursing program, students must achieve a grade of C or better in all general education courses and a B- or better in all nursing courses.

Additional academic requirements, and policies and procedures are located in the School of Nursing and Health Studies Policies and Procedures Manual at http://sonhs.umkc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/policy-procedure.pdf. Please refer to this document.

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 (AT); (2nd Degree option for students with a previous bachelor's degree)

Students in this program 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 above.  Please see an advisor for a sample program of study.


RN-BSN (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

  • Applicants applying to the RN-BSN program must have a Nursing diploma or Associates degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university, with a nursing program that is accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or ACEN)
  • Graduation from a state board of nursing – approved school of nursing.  Applicants 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 with licensure in the jurisdiction where clinical study is to be conducted. The license must remain unencumbered throughout the program.  A student whose license becomes encumbered while in the program will be dismissed. 
  • 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.
  • Applicants from approved associate-level RN degree programs may be provisionally admitted to the RN-BSN program prior to securing licensure. If admitted as degree-seeking students, these applicants must provide documentation of a valid, unencumbered RN license prior to the end of their first term of enrollment in the RN-BSN program. For information regarding currently approved programs, contact the UMKC Nursing department.

Additional details regarding the admission process for applicants to the RN-BSN program can be found in the School of Nursing & Health Studies Policy & Procedure Manual at:  sonhs.umkc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/policy-procedure.pdf.

 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 (N481).  Note: an unencumbered RN license must be maintained throughout the program.

Additional Notifications

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 50 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
Additional Hours38
Total Credits50

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 upper division nursing courses below (400 level - 36 hours) are 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 345Quantitative Analysis In The Health Sciences3
NURSE 395Pathophysiology3
NURSE 395Pathophysiology3
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 Credits42

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.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.