University of Missouri, Kansas City


University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) was founded in 1929.  In 1930, the then University of Kansas City merged with Lincoln and Lee University.  Beginning with just 265 students and 17 instructors in 1933, the university now has over 15,000 students and almost 4,000 faculty.  Students are able to choose from over 125 academic areas of study in 3 campus locations.

Overview of Programs, Certificates and Degrees

  • 1 online bachelors degree, 1 online masters degree, 2 online doctoral degrees and 1 certificate program

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

UMKC offers comprehensive online degrees from the bachelors through doctoral level, both on-campus and online.

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

The online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree program is a competency-program that focuses on developing leadership skills in nurses including being a manager, coordinator and designer of healthcare programs.  Programs in the course include Pathophysiology, History of Nursing, and Scientific Inquiry.  Through the Rural Nurse Initiative (RNI) program, certain nurses serving in rural areas can enroll in the online degree program, and receive benefits such as a personal laptop on loan and reimbursement for fees related to broadband connection to connect to online courses.

Duration and Cost

The degree program is 120 credits.  Total length of program, will vary on the number of units transferred in for previous study in nursing.  Students enrolled in online programs pay in-state tuition fees.  The program tuition varies per total credit hours enrolled, and undergraduate tuition is approximately $300-$350 per credit hour.

Online Master’s Degree in Nursing

The online Master Degree Program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City offers a Nurse Educator specialization.  Previous tracks as a Nurse Practitioner have been discontinued and instead students may now apply for the new BSN to DNP program.

Duration and Cost

The program is 41 credits.  Students enrolled in online programs pay in-state tuition fees.  The program tuition varies per total credit hours enrolled, and graduate tuition is approximately $365-$415 per credit hour.

Online Doctoral Degrees in Nursing

The School of Nursing at University of Missouri-Kansas City offers a traditional research-based, academic doctoral program and also a practice based DNP program for nurses interested in remaining in practice after earning their doctoral degree.

Duration and Cost

The PhD program is 49 to 61 credit hours depending if students hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree program at the time of enrolling in the program.  The DNP program is 31 credit hours.  Students enrolled in online programs pay in-state tuition fees.  The program tuition varies per total credit hours enrolled, and graduate tuition is approximately $365-$415 per credit hour.

Online Certificates in Nursing

The online Post-Master’s Nurse Educator certificate allows nurses to complete nurse educator training after their degree program, and prepares nurses to take the Nurse Educator certification exam offered by the National League of Nursing.

Duration and Cost

The program is 12 credits.  Students enrolled in online programs pay in-state tuition fees.  The graduate tuition is approximately $365-$415 per credit hour.

Faculty

At UMKC, 95% of faculty hold a terminal degree in their field of study.

Things to consider:

  • Programs may require an on-campus component.
  • Some courses may require students to arrange and complete a clinical practicum

Accreditation

The University of Missouri, Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Nursing programs at the UMKC are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Address:
University of Missouri – Kansas City
School of Nursing
Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64108

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