Nursing Students at Research Nursing College

Research College of Nursing

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Rockhurst University partners with Research College of Nursing to provide a comprehensive nursing education that equips students to be ethical leaders in the health care community. Caring and committed faculty provide world-class expertise through evidence-based teaching strategies. With both traditional and accelerated program offerings, students complete their degrees in the timeframe and schedule convenient for them.

The Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) program is organized and available to qualified students in two undergraduate options: traditional B.S.N. and accelerated B.S.N. The traditional B.S.N. option is for first-time-in-college students and transfer students and is designed to be completed in four years on a full-time basis. The accelerated B.S.N. option is for those who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing at an accredited institution. The clinical nursing component within this program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

Whether in the classroom, the simulation center, or clinical settings, RCN focuses on a value that is engrained in the Jesuit education tradition – the value of caring for the whole person.

Located less than 10 minutes from the Rockhurst University campus, RCN is on the campus of Kansas City's Research Medical Center.

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Classroom Experience

Known for its positive energy, the classroom environment at RCN is a place where students feel like family among their teachers and peers. The emphasis on leadership and service provides students with the foundation to become caring, professional nurses.

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Student Outcomes

With RCN’s network of 18 hospitals, students gain clinical experience and build relationships that provide a seamless transition into the nursing job force. Graduates go on to work locally, nationally and internationally in a variety of different areas including medical, surgical, ICU, pediatrics and more. Others pursue careers such as school nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse educators, nurse executives, and certified nurse midwives. Research College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing program for those looking to continue their education at the graduate level.

Nursing Student at Research Nursing College


Research College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Contact the Higher Learning Commission at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 800-621-7440.


Research College of Nursing holds memberships in the Greater Kansas City Collegiate Nurse Educators, Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Missouri Association of Colleges in Nursing.


Graduates earning the Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) are eligible to apply to write the National Comprehensive Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN), pending approval by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Section 335.066, RSMo, of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act 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 he/she applied for licensure. Nurses practice under the provisions of each state's nurse practice act.

Nursing students should be familiar with the Missouri Nursing Practice Act.