Why Choose UMKC?

More Successful Students

  • Students enrolled in our MSN program have a 99% pass rate. Our curriculum brings everyday experience to the classroom. We succeed when our students succeed.

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  • An online Master of Science Nursing (MSN) degree from the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies will put you on the path to professional growth, leadership, and social advocacy. The MSN prepared Nurse Practitioner is ready to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient problems. These include the prescription of pharmacologic agents within a specialty area of clinical practice such as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (AC PNP).

More Flexibility

  • Our MSN program is an affordable, nationally ranked program that can be completed online. In many cases, you can work from the comfort of your own home while you receive the same quality education as our on-campus students.

More Innovative

  • The UMKC MSN program is recognized for its innovative and effective use of technology. Our program will ensure you are up-to-date with the latest in nursing and healthcare. We have been using distance education for greater than twenty years and are very good at it. 
  • UMKC is one of 30 Universities in the U.S. that has nursing, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy degree programs on the same campus; thus interprofessional collaboration with faculty from other healthcare disciplines, for educational and research activities, is possible. We have prominent faculty engaged in research at local, national, and international levels. Our faculty is on-line certified thus ensuring a positive learning experience.

Less Expensive

  • Our program offers affordable tuition in states we are authorized to deliver our MSN program. U.S. News & World Report recognized us as one of the top 10 schools in the nation for affordable online graduate nursing programs.

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How Does The Program Work?

The UMKC MSN program is extremely flexible to fit your lifestyle.

UMKC support services are available to all distance education students. Our online students are treated the same as our on-campus students, and every student is assigned an Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor.

You will love learning from our highly qualified, online certified, clinically active faculty. We also offer peer mentoring, and plenty of opportunities for student to student interaction.

The Value of Real-World Experience
We understand the value of practical, real-world experience, and while many online degrees struggle to offer this, at UMKC we pride ourselves on offering more interactive experience to our MSN students than any other program.

UMKC MSN Online Track Options


The MSN prepared Nurse Practitioner is ready to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient health care problems including the prescription of pharmacologic agents within a specialty area of clinical practice:

  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nurse Educator (NE)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
  • Online Track Options – Summer Start
    • Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (AC PNP)
    • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

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Is Financial Assistance Available?

UMKC offers scholarships, grants, loans and work-study jobs.

Let us help you navigate your path. Learn more about the diverse scholarships and financial aid resources that exist at UMKC, the School of Nursing and Health Studies and from external agencies.

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You can become a nurse practitioner and nurse educator in 2-3 years.

How Are Classes Conducted?

We offer flexibility, personalized attention and mentoring from faculty and 24/7 NetTutor student support. There are required on-campus clinical residencies that are scheduled during the semesters you are enrolled in a clinical course. Faculty will work with students to make sure they are informed of these requirements with enough time to modify their schedules. Our courses are conducted online, with some requiring class/chat times. Class/chat times are scheduled on Thursdays or Fridays and are communicated well in advance. Students use the Web-based software, Blackboard/Canvas, for their online courses. Courses are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and class. You can log on to find homework, class assignments, a class list, a syllabus and more at any time. The program allows students to engage in interactive learning with faculty and other students in an online platform.

We designed the graduate programs to give professionals flexibility.

How Do I Apply?

Are you convinced that the UMKC MSN program is right for you? Here is what you need to know to apply and enroll:

Admission Requirements


  • BSN from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or AACN).
  • Current unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  • GPA required for admission is a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale calculated on the last 60 hours of their BSN degree. 
  • The following two courses are pre-requisites to progression in the MSN program; however, they can be taken at UMKC along with your program of study:
    • Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B.
    • A free-standing undergraduate health assessment course with a minimum grade of B.
    • Personal interviews may be requested.

  • MSN Options
    Online Track Options – Spring & Summer Start:
    • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
    • Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (AC PNP)
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
    • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
    • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

    Online Track Option – Spring & Fall Start:

    • Nurse Educator (NE)
    Application Deadlines

     

    Applications are processed in the order they are received. Earlier completion of your application increases the likelihood of early acceptance. 
    • October 15, 2018 (for early decision/acceptance) to start coursework in January or June 2019
    • February 15, 2019 (for regular acceptance) to start coursework in June 2019
    • June 15, 2019 (Fall 2019 start for Nurse Educator & Post-MSN Certificates ONLY)
    Students can apply 9-12 months before their planned start date. All required materials are due by 5 pm CST on the due date.

The Application Process – 5 Easy Steps


  1. 1. Make sure you meet the admission requirements, listed to the left.
  2. 2. Fill out the UMKC Admissions Application. Choose the electronic application or a printable application.
  3. 3. Submit an official transcript to the Office of Admissions. Do not submit your application to SoHNS.
  4. 4. Submit NursingCAS application (http://www.nursingcas.org/).
  5. 5. Further requirements may be needed depending on your track of choice. Please click on the Learn More link below to request more information.
  6. *Application fee is $25 and can be paid electronically.

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What Other Options Are Available?

Learn more about our other online nursing programs:

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