Academic Advising

Upon enrollment in the first nursing course, students are assigned a College faculty advisor. At a minimum, advisors meet with advisees prior to registration to discuss academic progression, academic/goals, College resources, and personal concerns.


The College utilizes the following methods for general information distribution: US Postal Service, College email, and Learning Management System email and announcements. A student’s failure to set up, maintain, or update email accounts and/or mailing address will not excuse them from being responsible for information and included in these communications.

Copy Machines

Copy machines are in the basement of the College in the Student Lounge, at the Carl R. Ferris Library, and in the Student Center for Success on B-Level. The cost of copies is covered by student tuition. Copiers are made available for school-related work only. Students may not make personal copies using these copiers. Use of the copiers is a privilege and should not be abused.

Counseling Services

The College provides access for students to WellConnect, a program specially designed to help students manage and improve their mental health. Students may seek counseling services at or 866-640-4777, code = RCON-STU

Liability Insurance

The College carries general and professional liability coverage for students through Health Care Indemnity, Inc. This coverage insures students in their capacity as a student nurse at the clinical facility.


The Carl R. Ferris Health Sciences Library is located in the Research College of Nursing suite on B-Level of Research Medical Center, adjacent to the Auditorium and to Classroom G. Normal business hours are 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The Library is closed on major holidays. The Health Sciences Librarian can be reached at 816-276-4309, fax (816-276-3100), email and/or Ask-a-Librarian links on various e-resources.

The HCA Healthcare Library contains over 7400 full-text e-journals and 2200 e-books, as well as a customized HCA PubMed portal, quick links to popular clinical resources like UpToDate, and advanced search and save features. For off-network access, simply use the same link and enter your 3-4 ID and network password. 

Learning Skills Lab

The Learning Skills Lab (LSL) includes 4 labs (A, B, C, and D) to provide coordinated learning activities for students. While in the LSL, the following policies must be followed:

  • All used needles and glass are to be deposited in clearly marked red contamination sharps boxes available in the LSL.
  • Needles are not permitted to leave the LSL.
  • Children are not permitted to be in the LSL, unless part of a planned educational event.
  • Only manufacturer recommended lubricant (labeled spray bottle) should be used on mannequins.
  • Equipment is available for practicing injections, IV insertion, catheter insertion, sterile gloving, dressing changes, vital signs and other nursing procedures. Contact the LSL Coordinator or LSL employees for use of additional supplies or equipment.
  • Invasive procedures (IV start, injections) can only be performed on designated practice equipment (IV practice arms, Injecta-pads). Students cannot practice on each other.

Simulation Center

The Simulation Center is located in the lower level of the College’s main building. The facility includes classroom and meeting space, simulation labs, and lounge area. All simulation rooms are equipped with cameras and microphones to allow for recording of simulations. The Simulation Center has 5 high-fidelity simulators. Through a two-way mirror, faculty and staff in the control room manage the simulator’s health status and voice, as well as video recording.

Student Organizations

Men in Nursing

Men in Nursing at Research College of Nursing is an affiliate of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN). This organization’s mission is to shape the practice, education, research, and leadership for men in nursing and advance men’s health. The primary purpose of Men in Nursing provides a framework for nurses to meet, discuss, and influence factor impacting men as nurses. This organization also works to recruit more men into the nursing profession and to advance the knowledge of health issues commonly found in men.

Nurses of Faith

Nurses of Faith is an organization that meets in a small group setting to discuss intersections of faith and nursing. This group is open to all people interested in discussing topics, no matter their faith background. All are welcome. This organization is led by a faculty advisor.

Research Student Nurses’ Association (RSNA)

The Research Student Nurses’ Association is a constituent of the Missouri Nursing Students’ Association (MoNSA) and the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA).

Student Success Center

The Student Center for Success provides academic and co-curricular resources and programming in order to promote success in and out of the classroom. The mission of the Student Center for Success is to assist students in developing the skills necessary to achieve their academic goals through the development of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and self-reflection.

Academic Skill Coaching

Research College of Nursing has professional staff available to provide individual academic skill coaching.  Skill coaching includes individual meetings in which issues such as study strategies, test taking strategies, test anxiety management, time management, note taking, research strategies, etc. can be addressed based on student need.  

Subject-Based Tutoring

Tutoring is a one-to-one or small group activity (up to 4 people) where a person who is knowledgeable and has expertise in a specific content area provides clarification to one or more who do not. Our tutors are students who have already successfully completed the courses and materials that they provide help with. The goal of tutoring is to assist students to become independent learners and improve their study habits. Tutoring is free for all students and available for all undergraduate courses. Instructions on how to contact tutors, along with specific contact information, will be made available in each course. 

Writing Tutoring

The Student Center for Success proudly offers undergraduate and graduate students paper writing support. Tutors do not simply edit papers, but instead work with you to identify ways to enhance and clarify your writing while meeting the requirements of your assignment. Writing tutors help you with any written assignment for any class. These services are free to all students and can be completed synchronously or asynchronously. The College has professional and peer tutors on staff that can provide academic support to students who could benefit from:

  • Advice/guidance on paper writing process
  • Overall structure of academic papers or writing assignments
  • Help with grammatical competence
  • APA styling and formatting

For more information on scheduling a writing tutoring session, please see Canvas or contact the Office of Student Success.

Non-Academic Support Services

Non-academic support services include, but are not limited to: RCoN Scrub Bank, RSNA School Supply Bank, and non-perishable food bank.