Research College of Nursing believes in promoting the development of the individual student. Programs, services, activities and other opportunities are provided to help meet student needs beyond the academic program. The following section describes some of the services and programs available. Note that all students in the undergraduate program have the opportunity to utilize all services and participate in student activities on both the Research College of Nursing campus and the Rockhurst University campus during each year of their enrollment.

Graduate students have access to services and facilities on the Research campus unless otherwise noted.

Campus Ministry

Research College of Nursing respects the religious beliefs of all members of the college community and seeks to support the personal and spiritual development of each member of the College within the context of her/his own beliefs. Students who desire assistance or participation in religious activities should contact either the Office of Campus Ministry at Rockhurst or the Pastoral Care Office at Research Medical Center.


The college years are times of rapidly expanding self-awareness and it is not unusual for students to experience difficulty with adjustment to emotional and interpersonal concerns. Faculty advisers are available to assist students with their educational and personal concerns. Additionally, students may seek counseling assistance by contacting the Student Affairs office at Research College of Nursing for referral or the Counseling Center at Rockhurst University. Graduate students may use the Rockhurst center on a fee basis.

Health Services

Students who become ill during a college class or clinical should seek care as required by the situation with their primary care provider or through the services of Neighborhood Walk-In and Family Care clinic on the Rockhurst campus. Seriously ill students may use the Emergency Department at the Research or Brookside campus of Research Medical Center. Research College of Nursing students are encouraged to select a local primary care provider for medical care during their college years. Health insurance or a waiver is required for all nursing students.  For further information regarding health insurance please see the sections on undergraduate and graduate academic policies.


Students who do not wish to commute may choose to live on campus. Housing is available to nursing students at either Research College of Nursing or Rockhurst University. Graduate students may live on the Research campus. Students interested in housing at Rockhurst should contact the Office of Residence Life for more information. 

Housing at Research includes two bedroom townhouses and one bedroom apartments. Units are mostly unfurnished and may be occupied continuously throughout the year provided certain criteria are met.  Married and single parent students are welcome. Housing services are administered through the Student Affairs Office.

Research Nursing Alumni Association

The Research Nursing Alumni Association is the official organization of graduates of Research. The Association promotes strong ties between the College and its graduates. Alumni activities include college recruitment, college and program promotion, reunions, an annual alumni weekend, recognition of outstanding alumni and fund raising for scholarship programs.

Sports and Recreation

Undergraduate students may participate on intercollegiate, intramural and club sport teams at Rockhurst University. Athletic facilities at Rockhurst University are available to nursing students and accommodate over 30 different activities to choose from.

Student Organizations

Undergraduate students may participate in several different organizations to meet their interests in professional development, intellectual accomplishment, community awareness and social activities. Students may form new student organizations as the need or desire arises. Policies and procedures for forming new organizations are available from the Student Affairs Office.

Following are descriptions of currently recognized student organizations.

Research Student Nurses' Association (RSNA)

This organization is the campus chapter of the Missouri Nursing Students' Association (MNSA) and the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA). Students interested in learning more about the historical significance, current issues and future trends in nursing may wish to join this group. The organization conducts service and fund raising projects and brings nursing scholars to the campus to discuss different aspects of the nursing profession. Students also attend state and national nursing conferences.

Student Government Association (SGA)

This organization is comprised of elected representatives of each undergraduate class to promote the interests of students and of the College. Students develop an activities calendar and are responsible for social and service programs for the Research College of Nursing community. The Office of Student Affairs assists students in the administration of these programs.