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Our RN-BSN program is designed for working registered nurses who hold an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Students must have an unencumbered registered nursing license to qualify for this program. Expand your leadership skills, transitional care knowledge, and your career opportunities by adding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to your Registered Nurse licensure. The RN-BSN program at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is a nationally recognized fully online degree that stands out for its use of technology, faculty engagement, excellent student outcomes, student satisfaction, and excellent preparation for the MSN, DNP and/or PhD studies.
One feature that sets the UMKC RN-BSN program apart from other completion programs is the integration of rural, urban and suburban nurses coming together to explore issues relevant to health care and the nursing profession. The program is designed to hone the professional development of RNs to become leaders, managers, coordinators, advocates and designers of care. During the final year of the RN-BSN curriculum, student teams work collaboratively with RN-BSN supervisory practice experience faculty, health care organizations or health care-related entities to design and implement team-directed practice experiences. The process is created to empower you to assume a leadership role in improving health care.
Official nameBachelor of science in nursing
CampusUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
Program typeBachelor's degree
Academic homeSchool of Nursing and Health Studies
Delivery modeBlended, some campus visits required
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
The program is designed to hone the professional development of RNs to become leaders, managers, coordinators, advocates and designers of care. Graduates may continue to work as expert RNs in any health care area, as nurse administrators or leaders and pursue graduate degrees.
Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two courses each semester and finish in two to three years.
Course work includes
- Tools for personal effectiveness
- Health assessment
- Tools for interpersonal effectiveness
- Effectiveness in human health outcomes
- Application to practice
DeliveryBlended, some campus visits required
Typical program length2-3 years
Typical course load1-2 courses per semester
Dr. Skarbek is the RN-BSN program director and also teaches in the program. She was instrumental in having the RN-BSN program receive two major HRSA nursing workforce diversity grants totaling $1.75 million (2010) and $350,000 (2016) targeted at rural and underserved RN-BSN students. Her research focuses on issues involving disruptive behavior in nursing practice, and how this behavior impacts the safety and quality of patient care delivery, RN recruitment and retention efforts, as well as nursing's professional and social advancement. She loves teaching and helping students achieve their academic and career goals.