Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

At the generalist level, the RCN graduate will:

  1. Engage in professional nursing practice to assure safe, quality health care.
  2. Utilize the principles of health promotion and disease prevention to provide nursing care across the lifespan.
  3. Communicate effectively to facilitate teamwork and collaboration in the delivery of patient centered care.
  4. Apply clinical reasoning using current evidence to plan, implement and evaluate outcomes of care.
  5. Employ a global view to provide culturally sensitive nursing care and service to diverse populations.
  6. Utilize technology and information management tools to improve patient outcomes and support safe health care environments.
  7. Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, regulatory processes relevant to the provision of care.
  8. Apply leadership concepts in the delivery of care in complex health systems.

Graduate Student Learning Outcomes

The RCN graduate will:

  1. Integrate scientific findings to guide advanced nursing roles.
  2. Integrate organizational and systems leadership principles into practice.
  3. Develop quality improvement and evidence-based practice projects to enhance practice.
  4. Incorporate informatics and technologies in the provision of healthcare.
  5. Analyze policy and finance as they influence practice roles.
  6. Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration in advanced nursing roles.
  7. Apply the principles of clinical prevention and population health.

Nursing Licensure

Graduates earning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are eligible to apply to write the NCLEX‑RN, National Comprehensive Licensure Examination ‑ Registered Nurse. However, graduation does not automatically ensure eligibility to write the licensure examination. Each graduate must apply to write the licensure exam; the application includes a criminal background check (Missouri and FBI search with fingerprinting). There is not any one specific type of crime that will disqualify an applicant. The Missouri State Board of Nursing reviews all criminal records and supporting documentation on a case-by-case basis to determine if an application will be approved or denied. Section 335.066, RSMo, of the Nursing Practice Act, which can be viewed at http://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/npa.pdf, lists the reasons for which a person may be denied a license.

Upon passing the NCLEX‑RN, the nurse is able to practice in the state where they applied for licensure. Nurses practice under the provisions of each state's nurse practice act. In Missouri, it is the Nursing Practice Act, Missouri Statutes Chapter 335. Students are expected to possess a copy of and be familiar with the entire Practice Act which can be found at http://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/npa.pdf.

Advanced Practice Certification

Graduates earning the Master of Science in Nursing with the NP track are eligible to apply to write the corresponding Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam they are enrolled in through a nationally recognized credentialing organization. NP graduates are also eligible to apply for Advanced Practice Nurse recognition in Missouri and Kansas. Graduates who wish to apply for recognition in other states should contact the state board of nursing. Graduates of the Nurse Educator track are eligible for certification through the National League of Nursing (NLN). Graduates of the Clinical Nurse Leader track are required to sit for the CNL certification examination offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification.

Post-Graduation

While Research College of Nursing does prepare students for a role in nursing, the college does not guarantee employment in the graduate’s selected area. No formal career services are available at Research College of Nursing, but the faculty and staff provide support in the area of resume-writing, interview preparation, and employer recruitment activities.