The Research College of Nursing is a small, private, nonsectarian fully accredited college located in Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 1905 as the German Hospital Training School for Nurses, the institution is a learning community committed to excellence in nursing education. Sponsored by the Research Medical Center, one of several hospitals and health care facilities that compose HCA Midwest Division, a comprehensive regional health care system that uses these hospitals as clinical sites, the college of nursing has access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
The college offers both an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Master of Science in Nursing degrees. The undergraduate nursing degree program is in partnership with Rockhurst University and offers two undergraduate options – a traditional BSN option for students without a previous degree, and an accelerated BSN option for students who are taking up nursing but who already have a non-nursing college degree.
The Master of Science in Nursing degree offers three choices of courses to be pursued: courses that help train the nursing student as a Family Nurse Practitioner, as an Executive Nurse, or as a Nurse Educator.
Cost of tuition and fees for academic year 2009-2010 for fulltime, undergraduate students is US$12,475 for a load of 12 to 18 hours inclusive. Part-time tuition per credit hour for undergraduates is US$832. For graduate students, cost of attendance for 2009-2010 is US$380 per credit hour for tuition plus fees of around US$75. To help its students pay for their cost of tuition and fees, the college extends financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study arrangements.