Undergraduate student learning outcomes

  1. Students will provide safe, quality care across the lifespan and in the continuum of healthcare environments.
  2. Students will demonstrate professional nursing values and standards.
  3. Students will integrate the pillars of leadership into clinical practice.

Graduate student learning outcomes

The RCoN graduate will:

  1. Apply frameworks to advance the scholarship of practice and enhance the provision of healthcare:
    • Theory/scientific findings
    • Information/technology
    • Policy and finance
    • Principles of clinical prevention and population health
  2. Utilize improvement science and evidence-based practice across various settings.
  3. Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration in advanced nursing roles.
  4. Integrate organizational and systems leadership in the provision of healthcare.

Nursing licensure

Graduates earning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are eligible to apply to write the NCLEX‑RN, National Comprehensive Licensure Examination ‑ Registered Nurse. However, graduation does not automatically ensure eligibility to write the licensure examination. Each graduate must apply to write the licensure exam; the application includes a criminal background check (Missouri and FBI search with fingerprinting). There is not any one specific type of crime that will disqualify an applicant. The Missouri State Board of Nursing reviews all criminal records and supporting documentation on a case-by-case basis to determine if an application will be approved or denied. Section 335.066, RSMo, of the Nursing Practice Act, which can be viewed at https://pr.mo.gov/nursing-rules-statutes.asp, 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. In Missouri, it is the Nursing Practice Act, Missouri Statutes Chapter 335. Students are expected to possess a copy of and be familiar with the entire Practice Act which can be found at https://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/npa.pdf.

Advanced practice certification

Graduates earning the Master of Science in Nursing in the NP tracks and recipients of the Post Graduate NP certificates are eligible to apply to write the corresponding Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam they are enrolled in through a nationally recognized credentialing organization. NP graduates are also eligible to apply for Advanced Practice Nurse recognition in Missouri and licensure in Kansas. Graduates who wish to apply for recognition in other states should contact the state board of nursing. Graduates of the Nurse Educator track are eligible for certification through the National League of Nursing (NLN).


While Research College of Nursing does prepare students for a role in nursing, the college does not guarantee employment in the graduate’s selected area. No formal career services are available at Research College of Nursing, but the faculty and staff provide support in the area of resume-writing, interview preparation, and employer recruitment activities.