Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Now offering early admission

Do you dream of joining the nation’s largest health care profession? Jumpstart your future at Research College of Nursing, now offering early admission admission acceptance. You know where you are headed. Let RCoN help you along the way.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a critical first step for a career in professional nursing. Applying to Research College of Nursing gets you closer to building lasting relationships with faculty, staff and peers while completing impactful hands-on learning!

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What is early admission?

At Research College of Nursing, the early admission admission is designed for students ready to pursue their passion for health care. It is a written letter of intent that allows high school students to secure their admission into a top-ranked nursing program.

Is early admission right for me?

Different from other nursing schools, our students are given the flexibility to complete nursing pre-requisites at a college or university of their choice. Students meeting criteria are guaranteed entrance into Research College of Nursing to gain nursing skills and knowledge that complement premier clinical experiences.

Completing two years of pre-requisites and two years of the clinical nursing component culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. We prepare graduates for NCLEX-RN licensure where they are able to seamlessly transition into practice as a Registered Nurse.

If you are a high school student or college freshman who meets ACT and GPA requirements you are eligible to apply for early admission admission.

Early admission requirements

Early admission requires a minimum 3.0 high school GPA with a minimum 22 ACT or 3.2 high school GPA with minimum 21 ACT.

*Early admission students must achieve an ATI TEAS® minimum score of Proficient Academic Preparedness Level. It is recommended this test be taken after completing a minimum of 30 college credits.

Early admission deadlines

  • Nursing coursework begins each August.
  • Students should apply starting September of their senior year in high school through the fall of their freshman year in college.
  • Acceptance made on a rolling admission basis.

In addition to completing the early admission application, interested students must send an official high school transcript with ACT or SAT scores.

To get started, apply online.


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

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 they 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.