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UCM School of Nursing Ranked Among Top 5 Nursing Schools in Missouri by

By Janice Phelan, June 24, 2019

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The University of Central Missouri’s School of Nursing was recently ranked among the top 5 nursing schools in Missouri by, a leading online information source for current and prospective nursing students. The 2019 rankings highlighted the “15 Best Online RN to BSN Nursing Schools in Missouri.”

UCM ranked No. 5 among the 15 schools highlighted. Criteria used by included researching each accredited school in the state while focusing attention on schools offering bachelor’s degrees and higher. Additional criteria included cost, reputation and salary expectation, based on data from College Scorecard, IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) and Niche.

Nationally accredited since 1978, the UCM School of Nursing is designed to graduate competent, caring and mindful practitioners committed to the service of creating and leading a culture of health.

UCM has two bachelor’s programs and a master’s program, offered at the Missouri Innovation Campus, the university’s Lee’s Summit location, as well as through online courses. Programs are:

  • A generic-option bachelor’s degree in nursing, also known as prelicensure, which graduates around 80 nurses annually.
  • The RN (registered nurse) to bachelor’s degree nursing option, an online program geared towards working adults, with approximately 90 graduates each year.
  • A master’s degree in nursing, also primarily an online program geared for working adults, with close to 200 students currently enrolled. This part-time program includes two emphasis areas: family nurse practitioner and nurse educator.

The comprehensive programs include clinical rotations at a number of quality healthcare facilities and community organizations. Close to 95 percent of UCM nursing graduates stay in Missouri, filling vital needs throughout the state.


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