Research College of Nursing was founded in 1979 and admitted its first class in 1980. Research College of Nursing, in partnership with Rockhurst University, offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is awarded jointly by the two colleges. Research College of Nursing is a private non-sectarian institution of higher learning sponsored by Research Medical Center.

The B.S.N. program is organized and available to qualified students in two undergraduate options: Traditional B.S.N. Option and the Accelerated B.S.N. Option.

The Traditional B.S.N. Option is for first-time-in-college students and transfer students. It is designed to be completed in four years on a full-time basis.

The Accelerated B.S.N. Option is for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing at an accredited institution. The clinical nursing component of the option is designed to be completed in one calendar year (twelve months).

Students of the B.S.N. program are enrolled at both institutions. The B.S.N. degree consists of 66 credit hours in liberal arts and sciences and 62 credit hours in nursing courses for a total of 128 credit hours. The majority of the liberal arts and science courses are taken prior to nursing courses.