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  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS)

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) offers accredited BSN, RN to BSN, ABSN, MSN, PhD, and DNP degree programs including Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, COA accredited Nurse Anesthesia programs as well as post-graduate Certificate programs in several specialty areas.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 94
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited COA Accredited
    • Location Kansas City, Missouri
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, MSN to PhD, CRNA, NP, PhD, BSN-to-PhD, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    The University of Missouri-Kansas City is a public institution that was founded in 1929.

    Undergraduate


    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-Licensure

    This program is designed for students that have graduated high school. Students enter as pre-nursing students and can be completed in three years including 1,200 clinical hours.

    Accelerated BSN (ABSN)

    The Accelerated BSN program is five semesters and designed for students that hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. The program can be completed in less than two years with 1,200 hours of clinical time.

    Admission BSN and ABSN (not all inclusive)

    • Prerequisites grade B- or better
    • Cumulative GPA 2.75 or higher
    • Nursing prerequisite GPA 2.75 or higher
    • Transcripts from every college/university attended
    • Official TEAS scores
    • Personal statement essay(s)
    • Resume/CV
    • Two references
    • Volunteer/Work experience

    RN to BSN

    The RN-BSN program is designed for currently working RNs. This is delivered online and does not require students to come to UMKC. Courses utilize Blackboard and are held in synchronous and asynchronous modes.

    Each state has different registration and approval regulations for online degree programs offered within their state. We are not approved to offer online degree programs in all states.  Please review the regulations in your state.

    Admission (not all inclusive)

    • 56 credit hours in general education coursework as outlined by the SONHS
    • Successfully pass NCLEX-RN
    • Graduation from a BON approved school of nursing; graduates of diploma or non-accredited ADN programs may be admitted on provisional status
    • Current unencumbered RN license in U.S.
    • Cumulative 2.5 GPA
    • Immunization requirement/titer(s) as outlined by SONHS

    Graduate


    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    Courses are held in an online environment with some required classroom or chat times. The Web-based software, Blackboard, is the program students use for the online courses and are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes.

    Please review the state regulatory map to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

    Online Track Options (Spring & Summer Start)

    Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) (53 credit hours)

    Options

    • AGNP emphasis area onsite in Kansas City with core specific courses online and core clinical courses offered onsite at UMKC
    • Complete online program and coursework (clinical residency requirements)

    Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (53 credit hours)

    Options

    • FNP emphasis area onsite in Kansas City with core specific courses online and core clinical courses onsite in Kansas City
    • Complete online program and coursework (clinical residency requirements)

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP/AC PNP) (53 credit hours)

    Online program and coursework (clinical residency requirement)

    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) (53 credit hours)

    This program requires students to come to campus for a residency each semester during their clinical courses.

    Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) (53 credit hours)

    Online program and coursework (clinical residency requirement)

    Online Track Options (Spring & Fall Start)

    Nurse Educator (NE) (41 credit hours)

    • Nurse Educator students can take an orientation session online or on campus
    • Requires one visit to Kansas City campus to complete N5544 Advanced Health Assessment Skills

    Online Track Options (Summer Start)

    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) (45 credit hours)

    • On campus residency each semester during clinical courses
    • Applicants must have the equivalent of 2 years full-time clinical practice experience (within the last 5 years) as a RN in the care of critically ill neonates or infants with the majority of experience being in a level III or level IV NICU

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    The post-baccalaureate DNP curriculum is designed specifically for BSN prepared or MSN prepared RNs with a generalist (non-APRN) or nursing education focus.

    The Post-Master’s DNP curriculum is for nurses who have already earned an MSN degree. 

    A mandatory summer residency every year is a requirement of the program at the Kansas City campus. If needed, clinicals can be arraigned to be near the student’s home location.

    Please review the state regulatory map to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

    Onsite Track

    Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

    UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies and Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia partner in this Nurse Anesthesia DNP program.

    The first 12-months of the 36-month program begin with building a foundational knowledge in the sciences. Academic knowledge is then integrated with clinical experiences during the last 24-months through completion of anesthesia courses, simulation, and clinical training.

    Attrition

    Attrition for the May 2018 DNP graduates was 0%; the May 2019 DNP graduates (as of June 3, 2019) have a 7% attrition rate and the May 2020 graduates (to date) have a 0% attrition rate.

    Admission Nurse Anesthesia (not all inclusive)

    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Personal statement
    • GRE test results
    • ACLS, BLS, PALS, and specialty certifications (i.e. CCRN and TNCC)
    • Transcripts for every college/university attended
    • 3 professional references
    • BSN or MSN from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Nursing program accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting agency
    • Minimum 3.2 GPA for BSN or MSN degree
    • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Missouri
    • Minimum one-year full-time work experience or its part-time equivalent as an RN in a critical care setting (ICU strongly preferred)
    • Personal interview

    Online Tracks

    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) (74 credit hours)
    • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) (74 credit hours)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (74 credit hours)
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) (74 credit hours)
    • Post MSN to DNP

    MSN/DNP Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • BSN or MSN from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency
    • 3.2 GPA calculated on the last 60 hours of BSN degree or a minimum of 3.2 for MSN
    • Current unencumbered Missouri RN license or unencumbered RN license in the state for clinical requirements
    • Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B
    • A free-standing undergraduate health assessment course with minimum grade of B
    • Personal interviews

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    The PhD program utilizes online and distance education modalities. A two 4-day summer institute is required.

    The post-baccalaureate entry option is designed for BSN graduates with an unencumbered license as an RN.

    The PhD program uses Web-based software. Blackboard is the program used for classes and are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes.

    Please review the state regulatory map to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

    PhD Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • BSN, MSN or RN-MSN from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Nursing program accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting agency
    • 3.2 GPA calculated on the last 60 hours of BSN degree or minimum 3.2 for MSN
    • Current unencumbered RN Missouri license or unencumbered licensure as an RN in the jurisdiction where study is to be conducted
    • GRE results (recommended but not required)

    Post-MSN Certificate

    Students that hold an MSN or DNP can earn a certificate in the following specialty areas:

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
    • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
    • Nurse Educator (NE)
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) - Primary care and Acute care
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
    • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

    Accreditation

    The Higher Learning Commission accredited the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate, master’s and DNP programs.

    The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) accredited the Nurse Anesthesia education track of the DNP program.

    The Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia is fully accredited and certified to award the Certificate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies is fully accredited to award the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree.

    The Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia received a maximum 10-year reaccreditation with no citations or recommendations for change in 2015 by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

    Rankings and Recognitions

    US News & World Report (2019-2020)

    • #230-#301 in National Universities
    • #19 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
    • #143 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
    • #74 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #54 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • #616 (tie) Best Global Universities
     
    NICHE (2019)
    • Top Public Universities in America #107 of 672
    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #218 of 1,592
    • Best College Locations in America #243 of 1,553
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #252 of 1,591
    • Best Colleges in America #319 of 1,647
    • Best Value Colleges in America #640 of 1,590
    • Most Conservative Colleges in America #717 of 725
    • Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri #2 of 39
    • Top Public Universities in Missouri #4 of 13
    • Best College Locations in Missouri #8 of 40
    • Best Colleges in Missouri #9 of 40
    • Best Value Colleges in Missouri #12 of 39
    • Most Conservative Colleges in Missouri #32 of 32
    • Best Colleges in Kansas City Area #2 of 10
    • Best Value Colleges in Kansas City Area #4 of 9

    Forbes (2018-2019)

    • #564 Top Colleges
    • #203 in Public Colleges
    • #220 in Research Universities
    • #136 in the Midwest

    The Princeton Review (2019)

    • Best Midwestern
    • Green Colleges

    College Factual ranked UMKC #8 Best Colleges for the Money in Missouri (2019) and ranked #6 as one of the finest schools in the United States for Nursing (2018).

    The RN-BSN program was recently nationally ranked #12 out of 50 RN-BSN programs for its quality and delivery method.

    The UMKC RN-BSN program is ranked #12 out of 50 nationally ranked online RN-BSN programs for quality online delivery by TheBestSchools.org (2018).

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