Research College of Nursing—in partnership with Rockhurst University—offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. The B.S.N. program is provided in two tracks, a Traditional B.S.N and an Accelerated B.S.N. The Traditional B.S.N is for first-time college students and transfer students. It is designed to be completed in four years on a full-time basis.
The Accelerated B.S.N. is for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a field, other than nursing, at an accredited institution. Students in the Accelerated B.S.N. track are considered to have met the general education requirements (liberal arts and sciences) with their prior degree. It is designed to be completed in one calendar year on a full-time basis.
The faculty and administration of both institutions have carefully designed the nursing program to provide a consistent, integrated educational experience. Information about Research College of Nursing, its mission, the curriculum and policies and procedures of the College are provided in this catalog. Students and other interested persons should also review the Rockhurst University Catalog for information about the mission, curriculum, and policies and procedures of Rockhurst University.
Research College of Nursing began offering a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 1997. Currently five tracks are offered in the graduate program. The Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner track prepares nurses to provide primary care for individuals, starting at age 13, and older adults. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track prepares nurses as generalists at the Master’s degree level to be a leader in quality improvement, communication, and lateral integration of care. The Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership (EPHL) track prepares nurses for leadership and management roles in diverse healthcare delivery systems. The Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares nurses to provide primary care for individuals and families across the lifespan. The Nurse Educator (NE) track prepares nurse educators with knowledge and strategies for teaching in both clinical and academic settings. The RN-M.S.N. entry point option provides the opportunity for Associate Degree or Diploma nurses to continue their education toward a master’s degree in nursing.
Four post graduate certificate programs are offered: Adult- Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. The certificate programs are designed for individuals prepared with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a minimum of a Master's degree in nursing or a health related field who would like to develop specialty knowledge in these roles.
As of April 1, 2016, applications are no longer accepted for the CNL track and certificate program with closure planned for December 2018, and admission to the Nurse Educator track and certificate program has been suspended until December 2018.