Undergraduate program

Research College of Nursing, in partnership with Rockhurst University*, offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The BSN program is provided in two tracks, a Traditional BSN and an Accelerated BSN The Traditional BSN is for first-time college students and transfer students and is designed to be completed in four years on a full-time basis. The Accelerated BSN is for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a field, other than nursing, at an accredited institution. It is designed to be completed in one calendar year on a full-time basis.

*NOTE: Beginning with the Accelerated BSN class of 2020 and the Traditional BSN class of 2023, Research College of Nursing will award the BSN degree independent of Rockhurst University.

Graduate program

Research College of Nursing began offering a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 1997. Currently, four tracks are offered in the graduate program.

The Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner track* prepares nurses to provide primary care for individuals, starting at age 13 and older adults. The Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership (EPHL) track prepares nurses for leadership and management roles in diverse healthcare delivery systems. The Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares nurses to provide primary care for individuals and families across the lifespan. The Nurse Educator (NE) track prepares nurse educators with knowledge and strategies for teaching in both clinical and academic settings. The RN-MSN entry point option** provides the opportunity for Associate Degree or Diploma nurses to continue their education toward a master’s degree in nursing.

Four post–graduate certificate programs are offered: Adult- Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. The certificate programs are designed for individuals prepared with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a minimum of a Master's degree in nursing or a health related field who would like to develop specialty knowledge in these roles.


* As of December 12, 2019, applications will no longer be accepted to the AGNP track with closure planned for December 2022.

**As of December 11, 2020, applications will no longer be accepted to the RN-MSN entry option with closure planned for June 2021.