Research College of Nursing Welcomes HCA Registered Nurses!

Join our expert faculty and staff in the next step of your educational journey!!  Research College of Nursing is a private institution of higher learning located in Kansas City, Missouri.  Its history dates back to 1905 when the first class of ten was admitted to the diploma program.  Since that time we initiated our BSN program in 1980 and our first graduate track in 1997.  When Research Medical Center, our sponsor, was acquired by HCA in 2003, we became a part of the HCA family.

Research College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The College holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs, the Greater Kansas City Collegiate Nurse Educators and the Missouri Association of College of Nursing.

The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track prepares the adult gerontology primary care NP to provide patient-centered, quality care to the adult and older adult population. The adult-gerontology primary care NP utilizes evidence-based practice to improve quality of care and health outcomes in proactive designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes. The program of study requires each student to complete 43 credit hours. Graduates of the AGNP track are qualified to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certification examination. The program includes 660 total clinical practicum clock hours.  This track is offered in a hybrid format which includes a combination of online and on-ground course delivery.

The Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares nurses to care for individuals and families across the lifespan. The FNP role includes preventative healthcare, as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness and preventative health care for individuals and families. Family nurse practitioners demonstrate a commitment to family-centered care and understand the relevance of the family’s identified community in the delivery of family-centered care. The program of study requires each student to complete 45 credit hours. Students are then eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam. The program includes 660 total clinical practicum clock hours.  This track is offered in a hybrid format which includes a combination of online and on-ground course delivery.

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) sm is a generalist prepared at the Master’s degree level. The major thrust of the CNL role is oversight of the lateral integration of care. The CNL has specialized knowledge in horizontal leadership, quality improvement, and is accountable for the management of care and the care environment. In addition to generalist preparation in nursing with enhanced clinical skills, the CNL is primarily unit or setting based and is responsible for a specified cohort of patients.

Courses in advanced health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology provide the core content for the CNL specialty courses.  The specialty courses focus on evidence based practice, evaluation of outcomes, risk analysis, quality improvement and patient safety.  Leadership in the health care delivery system is emphasized including cost-effective resource utilization, enhancement of communication across all levels, interprofessional collaboration and influencing healthcare policy. 

The program includes 60 hours of lab activity and an additional  360 clinical immersion hours are performed in the NU 7540 Clinical Residency.  The total program credit hour requirement is 40.  All courses are offered online with the exception of the Advanced Health Assessment course which may be taken at an accredited institution.  Prior approval of the course is required.

The Executive Practice & Health Care Leadership track prepares nurses for leadership and management roles in diverse health care delivery systems. The current Research College of Nursing core courses along with the leadership courses offer a strong foundation of nursing theory as well as needed concepts from business and organizational management. Graduates of this track are qualified to sit for the certification examination in Nursing Administration. Practicum courses equal 180 clock hours per semester for a total of 360.  Total credit hours for the program equals 40.  All courses are offered in an online format.

The Nurse Educator track is designed to meet the needs of current and potential nurse educators in academic or healthcare settings to develop and refine their practice as teachers of students, clients and/or employees. The program includes the MSN core courses, clinically focused advanced practice nursing core courses, and educationally focused courses. Students will be prepared with a strong clinical foundation as well as theory and practice in the role of the nurse educator in a focused area. Practicum courses equal 120 clock hours each for a total of 240.  Total credit hours for the program equals 36. 

The RN-MSN program is designed for associate degree or diploma nurses who desire to continue their education toward a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing. Students acquire baccalaureate level knowledge and competencies as well as those of their graduate focus. Students are admitted as graduate students and may focus on the Nurse Educator, the Clinical Nurse Leader, or the Executive Nurse Practice track.  The program allows the transfer courses to meet pre-requisites and some upper division nursing coursework.  All coursework is offered in an online format with the exception of Advanced Health Assessment.  Total credit hours for the RN-MSN is dependent upon the focus chosen.

Tuition and Benefits to HCA RN’s

 Tuition for graduate coursework  is $445 per credit hour.  All full-time HCA RN’s do receive a 50% tuition discount reducing tuition to $222.50 per credit hour.  Student loans are available to those who qualify.  Students must be enrolled half-time to receive student loans.  Students are eligible to participant in their institutions tuition reimbursement programs as well.   Follow up with your individual HR departments for information on tuition reimbursement.

Tuition for the RN-MSN track is $350 per credit hour.  Full-time HCA RN’s pay $175 per credit hour.  Student loans are available to those who qualify.  Students must be enrolled half-time to receive student loans.  Students are eligible to participant in their institutions tuition reimbursement programs as well. Follow up with your individual HR departments for information on tuition reimbursement.

 Undergraduate Programs

 Research College of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program with 2 options:  Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN.  Both programs are full-time on ground programs. 

 Additional Information

 For additional information on graduate or undergraduate programs visit www.researchcollege.edu or contact Leslie Mendenhall at 816-995-2820 or leslie.mendenhall@researchcollege.edu.