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Join 3.1 million registered nurses practicing nationwide

RCoN Ranked #2 among KC’s highest-earning grads

248k+ scholarship funds awarded through The Research Foundation

90% NCLEX Pass Rate
(as of 1/2022)

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Accelerated, 1-Year Track

Fast track your career

RCoN is a top-ranked nursing program that independently offers an Accelerated BSN, designed to be completed in 12 months with full-time enrollment. As one of the nation’s first accredited accelerated nursing programs, our students are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN™ and become top candidates for some of the most competitive nursing roles.

Students must hold a previous non-nursing Bachelor’s degree to qualify for the Accelerated BSN track. Visit the undergraduate admission page for more on requirements.

What you will gain

It’s important to set a foundation of success as you seamlessly transition into your nursing career. Caring and committed faculty provide world-class expertise through evidence-based teaching strategies. As an Accelerated BSN student at RCoN you will be able to:

  • Access premier clinical experiences and nursing education through Research College of Nursing
  • Network within the region’s largest healthcare organization, HCA Midwest Health
  • Gain early clinical immersion through Kansas City’s only Dedicated Education Units
  • Join a diverse college community and build lasting relationships

Whether in the classroom, the simulation center, or clinical settings, RCoN’s innovative nursing curriculum prepares you to succeed in a complex healthcare environment.


Program pre-requisites must be completed prior to enrolling at RCoN.

23 credit hours of pre-requisites required:

Course Credits
Statistics 3
Nutrition 3
Chemistry with lab 4
Anatomy & Physiology w/ lab 6
Microbiology with lab 4
Developmental Psychology 3

Applications are accepted online through Nursing CAS, a Centralized Application System. Learn how to apply and get assistance through the applicant help center.

A degree from RCoN will open doors to your future as you pair educational excellence with premier access to the region’s largest healthcare system — HCA Healthcare.

NCLEX-RN™ licensure

Research College of Nursing holds a 90% Pass Rate, compared to 84% national benchmark.

Graduates earning the Bachelor of Science in nursing are eligible to apply to write the National Comprehensive Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN), pending approval by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Section 335.066, RSMo, of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act 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 he/she applied for licensure. Nurses practice under the provisions of each state's nurse practice act.

Nursing students should be familiar with the Missouri Nursing Practice Act.