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Top Degrees in Nursing - Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO, has many schools with programs in nursing. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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School and Ranking Information

Nursing studies at schools in Kansas City, MO, can be found in both 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. Based on rankings, number of degrees awarded and graduation rates, the following are considered the top three schools for nursing degree programs in Kansas City:

  • Winner: The University of Missouri - Kansas City earns the top spot because its graduate nursing programs are nationally ranked and it is the only school offering online nursing courses. The university also awards the highest number of nursing degrees and offers post-master's programs. Students can pursue bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing as well.
  • Runner Up #1: Due to its regional ranking and because it is the only other 4-year nonprofit institution located in Kansas City with nursing programs, Rockhurst University is named as the first runner up. The school also boasts the highest graduation rate. Nursing studies are offered at the bachelor's and master's degree levels.
  • Runner Up #2: Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City is named as the third best option because it is not ranked and awards the lowest level of study in this field (certificates and associate's degrees). The college does award nearly as many nursing degrees as the University of Missouri, though.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Missouri - Kansas City Rockhurst University Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
Ranking(s) Graduate nursing program ranked #79 among national universities in 2011*
Online graduate nursing program ranked #15 among national universities in 2013*
Ranked #20 among regional universities in the Midwest in 2014* N/A
Location Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $9,299 (undergraduate, in-state),
$21,833 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$6,935 (graduate, in-state),
$16,380 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$29,840 (undergraduate);
$13,810 (graduate)**
$2,640 (undergraduate, in-district),
$4,710 (undergraduate, in-state),
$6,330 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**
Nursing Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates Bachelor's and master's degrees Certificates and associate's degrees
Nursing Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 299** 130** 250**
Most Popular Nursing Program (2011-2012) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (167 awarded)** Bachelor of Science in Nursing (130 awarded)** Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (150 awarded)**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 48% (2006 entering class)** 69% (2006 entering class)** 16%; 26% transfer-out rate (2009 entering class)**
Noteworthy One of only three colleges to be presented the President's Award for Community Service in Higher Education*** Nursing programs are offered jointly through Rockhurst and the Research College of Nursing*** Nursing students learn at the school's new Health Science Institute, which includes state-of-the-art facilities such as a virtual hospital***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Schools' websites.

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Winner: University of Missouri - Kansas City

  • NCLEX pass rate for BSN students was 90.32% in 2011, according to the school
  • Students can become members of Sigma Theta Tau International, a prestigious nursing honor society
  • Student-faculty ratio was 13:1 in 2012, according to NCES

The pre-licensure BSN (BSN-PL) program offered at UMKC includes courses in medical terminology, drug calculations, pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, Spanish for healthcare professionals, and mental healthcare management. Students in this program are required to complete 128 credit hours, including an internship. An accelerated track for the BSN program is also offered; this option is only available for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree, and it allows them to complete the three-year BSN program in five semesters. A 56-credit-hour RN-to-BSN track is offered at UMKC as well.

Graduate students can earn MSN degrees in the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator tracks. PhD and DNP degrees programs are available online. Students can also earn DNP degrees in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner tracks on campus. Additionally, Students can earn post-master's certificates online in nurse practitioner fields.

Runner-Up #1: Rockhurst University

  • Offers a Summer Nursing Camp for high school students interested in careers in nursing
  • Student-faculty ratio was 13:1 in 2012, according to NCES
  • Rockhurst's partner school, the Research College of Nursing, is sponsored by (and located next to) the city's Research Medical Center

Two options are available for the BSN program at Rockhurst University. The traditional 4-year program, intended for first-time students, requires 128 hours of study in nursing and general education. Alternately, the accelerated program, which is designed for students who already possess a degree in a non-nursing field, covers only the nursing major courses and can be completed in one year. Both programs prepare graduates to take the NCLEX-RN exam to earn registered nurse licensure. Course topics include the basics of nursing practice, pharmacology, adult nursing, child nursing, maternal-newborn nursing, community nursing, and pathophysiology.

Tracks in the MSN program include Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, and Executive Nurse Practice: Health Care Leadership. The fifth track, an RN-to-MSN track, is intended for students who hold an associate's degree or diploma in nursing (as well as an RN license) and want to advance their studies.

Runner-Up #2: Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City

  • Nursing classrooms in the Health Science Institute include hospital beds, patient transfer systems and electronic medication systems for skills practice
  • MCCKC is a participant in the National Simulation Study, which is examining the outcomes of using simulation in nursing training; the Health Science Institute includes human patient simulators
  • Students complete clinical rotations at area hospitals and medical centers

The Associate in Applied Science in Nursing program at MCCKC requires 71-77 hours of study. Courses cover nursing leadership, the nurse-client relationship, mental health nursing, and nursing for individuals throughout the lifespan. An LPN-to-ADN bridge option is also available for the Associate of Applied Science and requires one year of study. Applicants to the bridge program must already be certified licensed practical or vocational nurses (LPN/LVNs). A Practical Nursing Certificate program is also offered at MCCKC for students who want to gain quick entry to the nursing field; graduates of this program may become LPNs.

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