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Nursing Programs in Kansas City, MO with Course Descriptions

There are several schools within 20 miles of Kansas City, Missouri that have nursing programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at three schools within five miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Kansas City Schools with Nursing Programs

The Kansas City, Missouri area has a variety of nursing programs at various levels for students looking to enter the nursing profession as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or registered nurses (RNs). Three schools and their programs are examined in this article. All of the schools are within a 15-minute drive of downtown. Important facts about each school, such as enrollment, tuition, acceptance rate and graduation rate are presented in a table below. This format allows easy comparison of the schools. At the end of the article is some information on a few other schools in the area that offer nursing education.

  • Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley is just three miles from downtown Kansas City. It offers a certificate program in practical nursing, along with an associate's degree in nursing that prepares graduate to become RNs. There is also an LPN to RN bridge program offered at the associate's level.
  • Rockhurst University offers a bachelor's and master's degree program in nursing. This school is about five miles from downtown Kansas City.
  • Also five miles from downtown, the University of Missouri - Kansas City offers a traditional bachelor's degree in nursing and a transition program that allows RNs with associate's degrees to earn their bachelor's degree in nursing.

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  • Neonatal Nursing
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  • Nursing for Adults and Seniors
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  • Operating Room and Surgical Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Public Health Nurse or Community Nurse
  • Registered Nurse

Comparison of Schools

The following table presents information that a prospective student should consider when deciding on a school.

Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley Rockhurst University University of Missouri - Kansas City
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (fall 2014) 18,222* 3,002* 16,146*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2015-2016 $2,880 in-district; $5,280 in-state; $6,900 out-of-state* $34,790* $7,837 in-state; $18,366 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 83%* 100%* 94%*
Acceptance Rate (fall 2014) N/A - Open admissions 77%* 64%*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students Beginning Studies in Fall 2013 and Returning Fall 2014 56%* 89%* 73%*
Graduation Rate 16% (for students beginning studies in fall 2011)* 69% (for students beginning studies in fall 2008)* 52% (for students beginning studies in fall 2008)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley

Students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of nursing programs from Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley, including certificate or practical and professional degree programs.

Certificate in Practical Nursing

Students can earn a practical nursing certificate in approximately one year. The program consists of 53-59 credit hours. Required courses include anatomy and physiology and mental health nursing. Some classes have course prerequisites. In anatomy and physiology, students can learn about structures and functions of human body systems and organs. The mental health nursing course focuses on treating mental health patients. Students are able to gain clinical experience in this course.

Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

The Associate in Applied Science in Nursing program can be completed with 71-77 credit hours. Some required courses for the degree include adult nursing and essential nursing concepts. In adult nursing, pupils can learn about psychological and physiological developmental changes in aging patients. Introductory nursing skills such as communication theory and fostering nurse-client relationships are taught in the essential nursing concepts course. Students are also expected to fulfill clinical requirements for the degree. Those interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing can transfer the degree to cooperating institutions.

Associate in Applied Science in LPN to ADN Bridge

The Associate in Applied Science in LPN (licensed practical nurse) to ADN (associate's degree nursing) Bridge program is designed for licensed practical nurses who wish to complete their associate's degree in nursing. The program allows students to complete requirements needed to obtain an associate's degree. The degree can be completed in approximately one year. Some program courses can include professional transition and child-centered nursing. Legal and ethical issues in the nursing field are surveyed in the professional transition course. Child-centered nursing covers topics such as communication, child development and ethical issues.

Rockhurst University

Rockhurst University is a private 4-year university with four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Helzberg School of Management, the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Research College of Nursing. The nursing college offers two degrees in nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing includes general education courses as well as major courses. Students with a bachelor's degree in another field can enroll in the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This program does not include the typical general education courses in a bachelor's degree curriculum. Students interested in enrolling in this program may need to complete additional program prerequisites. Some required courses include elderly adult health, professional concepts and pharmacology. The elderly adult health course surveys healthy aging and adaptation of aging adults. The professional concepts course emphasizes professional development in the field of nursing. In the pharmacology course, students learn about topics such as pharmacological nursing therapy and pharmacological classifications.

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program provides students with the opportunity to choose from several tracks, including nurse educator, executive nurse practice, family nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader and registered nurse. Some courses a graduate student may take include community nursing and professional nursing leadership. The community nursing course focuses on management of nursing practices on a global scale. Students learn about vulnerable populations, community assessment and disaster management. The course in professional nursing leadership involves clinical practice for students to gain hands-on experience.

University of Missouri - Kansas City

University of Missouri - Kansas City offers a variety of facilities for student usage, including resource centers and libraries on different campuses. Additionally, numerous medical facilities and hospitals are affiliated with the School of Nursing in order for students to have a wide variety of clinical experiences.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can be completed in two tracks. Students can pursue either the pre-licensure or accelerated track. Required courses for the degree include anatomy and physiology and nutrition. Anatomy and physiology surveys the human body's structure and function. The nutrition course examines food and digestion at a molecular level and at various stages of human development, taking elements of anatomy and physiology into account.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN - BSN

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN - BSN program is for registered nurses looking to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Courses required for the degree include health systems effectiveness and practical application. The course on health systems effectiveness is a culmination of skills and concepts learned in previous nursing courses, including healthcare finance, healthcare leadership and organizational theories. The practical application course enables the student to apply his or her classroom skills to real-world experience.

Other School Options

Additional nursing programs are available from Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences, located four miles away from downtown Kansas City, and William Jewell College, located 15.3 miles away from downtown Kansas City. There is also Avila University, which is about 17 miles away from Kansas City.

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