Degree Offered

Research College of Nursing and Rockhurst University confer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for graduates of the undergraduate program*. This degree enables the graduate to apply to write the National Comprehensive Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed registered nurse (RN). Graduation does not automatically ensure eligibility to write the licensure examination.  For more information, see Section 335.066, RSMo, of the Nursing Practice Act at

This section contains a description of degree requirements for Traditional B.S.N. students entering with no previous college credit. It also contains information on the Accelerated B.S.N. Each is designed to provide a quality educational experience for the student population it serves.

Transfer students must have an evaluation of all transcripts of credit to determine what courses are needed to meet the degree requirements for the B.S.N. It is recommended that students meet with their advisors to develop a plan of study. As circumstances dictate, the plan may be revised.

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