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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

Transfer, 2-Year Track

Open new possibilities

Research College of Nursing provides a comprehensive nursing education that equips students to be ethical leaders in the health care community. As a top-ranked nursing program we independently offer an upper-division BSN, designed to set a foundation of success and help you seamlessly transition into your nursing career.

This track is for first-time-in-college students and transfer students on a full-time basis. All students complete the first two years (nursing pre-requisites) at a college or university of their choice then conclude the BSN at RCoN with nursing coursework, which begins each fall and requires two years to complete.

High school students and college freshmen who meet ACT and GPA requirements are eligible for early admission acceptance. Visit the Freshman Admission page for more information.

What you will gain

Feel like family among your teachers and peers at Research College of Nursing. Caring and committed faculty provide world-class expertise through evidence-based teaching strategies. Transferring into the two-year BSN track allows students to:

  • Receive credit for many of the general education requirements
  • 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
  • Gain early clinical immersion through Kansas City’s only Dedicated Education Units

Our graduates are prepared to sit for NCLEX-RNTM licensure and become top candidates for some of the most competitive nursing roles. Whether in the classroom, the simulation center, or clinical settings, RCoN’s innovative nursing curriculum prepares you to succeed in a complex healthcare environment.


60 credit hours of pre-requisites required:

Course Credits
Statistics 3
Nutrition 3
College Algebra 3
Chemistry with lab 4
Anatomy & Physiology w/ lab 6
Microbiology with lab 4
English Composition I 3
English Composition II 3
Social Science elective 3
Communication elective 3
Intro or General Psychology 3
Developmental Psychology 3
Humanities, Philosophy or Theology 9


"If it wasn’t for RCoN I wouldn’t be as successful today. My job allows me to be engrained in the community to provide innovative health education. I love experiencing something different every day, whether that’s working with refugee immigrants, inner city libraries, or kindergarteners. My BSN has opened doors that have not only changed my life, but enables me to improve the lives to others in my community."

Raquel Garcia, BSN ’04

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.