For nearly 40 years, Rockhurst University and the Research College of Nursing (RCoN) have partnered on a direct-entry nursing program that culminates in a joint Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. After careful thought and consideration, the two institutions have made the amicable decision to end the agreement in its current form in 2022.

Starting fall 2019, freshmen students interested in nursing will be able to:

  • Fulfill nursing pre-requisites at a college or university of their choice
  • Access premier clinical experiences and nursing education through Research College of Nursing
  • Network within the region’s largest healthcare organization, HCA Midwest Health
  • Earn a BSN and seamlessly transition into practice as a Registered Nurse

“We are proud of our reputation as the best nursing school in the region and will remain a top choice for students seeking a quality foundation for their successful nursing career,” said Dr. Thad Wilson, president of Research College of Nursing. Trusted for over 110 years, RCoN has built a legacy of excellence in nursing education. “Our community partners are also excited about the new opportunities ahead, remaining committed to our mission and helping RCoN grow.”

This transition to an independent BSN allows RCoN to expand its program offerings and better support the Kansas City region with a larger talent pool of baccalaureate and master’s prepared nurses. As the nation grapples with the rising demand for nurses, RCoN celebrates its renewed partnership with HCA Midwest Health in educating nurse leaders and caregivers.

“It’s an energizing time to be engaged in nursing and with RCoN. We look forward to another century of empowering nurses, building leaders and caring for community,” said Wilson.

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