How to Apply

Applications Accepted Via

  • RCoN – Nursing CAS
    • For all Transfer, Accelerated and Graduate Students
    • Select the appropriate ‘Designation’ for the program you are interested in applying to and follow the instructions on the NursingCAS site.
  • Early Decision
    • High school students and college freshmen who meet ACT and GPA requirements are eligible to apply for early decision admission acceptance
    • This unique process allows you to guarantee your seat in our BSN program before starting college
    • Please see admission criteria on the Freshman Admission page

Application Deadlines

Undergraduate Program

  • Traditional B.S.N. – September 1 - February 15 (for August 2021 start; class of 2023)
  • Accelerated B.S.N. – September 1 - April 1 (for January 2021 start; class of 2021)

Graduate Program

  • Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership – rolling admission process
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – August 15 (for January 2020 start)
  • Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner – admission currently suspended

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate Program
    • Traditional B.S.N.
    • Accelerated B.S.N.
  • Graduate Program
    • Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
    • Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • RN – M.S.N. entry point

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If you are ready to join a legacy of excellence in nursing education then Research College of Nursing is right for you!

Getting Started

Applying to Research College of Nursing is your first step toward a rewarding career in healthcare. Our Director of Admissions will assist you through the application process to help you understand program requirements, eligible transfer credits, etc.

We make it easy to get started…

  1. Gather copies of your transcripts; official not required for advising
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Director of Admissions

Our students are challenged to become heroic leaders who demonstrate a commitment to innovation and excellence. If you’re ready to join us in transforming healthcare, begin your application or contact admissions today.

Admission Requirement Snapshot

The following is an overview of admission requirements for various programs. For details on applying to your specific program of interest please reference the catalog.

School Catalog


Students must have a minimum college GPA of 3.0 with C or better in math/science, or 2.8 with at least a B- in Anatomy & Physiology to be considered.

Transfer admission is very competitive and the average admission GPA is higher than the required minimum. Students do not have to complete all the pre-requisites to apply. The nursing curriculum is 2.5 years from the January a student begins.

Schedule a meeting with admissions for help evaluating your transcript and eligible transfer credits.

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The application process can begin 1-1 ½ years before the January you wish to begin. This time frame is recommended to allow students to complete remaining pre-requisites in addition to the 9 hour residency requirement at Rockhurst University. Most students will complete the 9 hours at Rockhurst in the fall just prior to entering the Accelerated B.S.N. Program.

To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 with a C or better in all science courses, or a minimum GPA of 2.8 with a B- or better in the final semester of Anatomy & Physiology. GPA may be based on the applicant’s entire academic record or calculated using transcripts from the last three years of college attendance, whichever is highest.


Admission to a graduate program is based on the applicant’s academic record, evidence of scholastic ability, and interest in the goals of the College. Admission will be offered to applicants who are, in the view of the College, best qualified.

Our complete admission criteria can be found at Admission to the Graduate Program.

Students interested a graduate track are notified of admission following completion of their file and review by the admission committee.

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Post Master's Certificate

The Certificate admission process is the same as admission to the tracks listed above and is dependent on which certificate you are interest in completing.

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