Explore RCoN – summer nursing experience

Teen program for high school juniors and seniors interested in nursing.

Are you curious about the different career paths you can take in the field of nursing? For more than 30 years Explore RCoN has helped Kansas City-area teens become energized and inspired while expanding their skills and healthcare horizons.

Enjoy a three-day program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in health care. As in previous years, space is limited and Explore RCoN is expected to fill up quickly.

Explore your future. Explore nursing careers. Explore RCoN.

Hands-on nursing experience

Hands-on nursing experience

Shadowing professional nurses

Shadowing professional nurses

Planning for college success

Planning for college success

And so much more!

And so much more!


Join us for an exciting day where you will gain valuable skills to use in your academic and professional career. From vitals and injections to exploring nursing career options, our popular enrichment program will take you beyond the classroom into an immersive day in the life of a professional nurse. Below you’ll find a brief snapshot of the schedule.

  • Registration & Welcome (parents meeting)
  • Simulation Experience
  • Careers in Nursing
  • And Much More!

Accommodation and Facilities

Participants will be matched with a counselor who is a current Research College of Nursing student. Educational instruction takes place on-campus at Research College of Nursing. Shadowing will take place at various HCA Midwest Health facilities, including:

  • Research Medical Center
  • Centerpoint Medical Center
  • Overland Park Regional Medical Center

Cost and Scholarships

Cost to attend Explore RCoN is $100. This non-refundable registration fee covers food and supplies.

Full scholarships are available through The Research Foundation, thanks to a grant from the R.A. Long Foundation. Students can indicate their need for a scholarship within the application below.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Eligibility: Participants must be high school students entering their junior or senior year in the fall of 2024 to apply for Explore RCoN 2024.

Applications will be open on this site starting January 2024 through April 1, 2024.

Questions? Please email RCoN Info.

What Former Campers Are Saying

"Overall great experience. 10/10 would recommend."

"I got to see a birth and I learned so much."

"Eye opening. Such a good and cool experience. I loved all my nurses and advisors."

"I had an AMAZING time shadowing. Very cool to be thrown into real life situations!"

"I got to see a lot of stuff it helped me realize this is what I want to do."

"People were kind and great teachers. All the excitement makes me want to be a nurse even more."

"It was an amazing opportunity to meet people with your interests, and to get a sense of what nursing school, and a nursing career would be like."