Pre-Nursing Students

Program Description 

Already one of Rockhurst University’s largest area of study, our health care programs are poised for even more growth and success in the coming years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the U.S. will have more than 1 million registered nurse job openings by 2024. Rockhurst’s mission, and our Jesuit core value of cura personalis – care for the whole person – compel us to continue to respond to the need for highly qualified and compassionate health care professionals in our community and around the world.

Nursing is a profession that provides focused and highly personalized care to a wide breadth of individuals. With career opportunities ranging from entry-level practice, health care administration, and doctoral-level research, nursing provides a professional path with security, longevity, value and opportunities for advancement.

Pre-nursing at Rockhurst is not a major, but rather an advising track in which students take prerequisite coursework in preparation to apply to competitive nursing programs that offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or an Accelerated BSN after earning a Rockhurst degree in a formal major.

Additional RU Healthcare Programs

Learning Outcomes 

  • An emphasis on leadership and service provides students with the foundation to become caring, professional nurses.
  • A broad range of tools and knowledge that will serve students no matter what pre-nursing path they choose to take.
  • Qualified entry into the nursing field, which will have more than 1 million estimated registered nurse job openings by 2024 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


Nursing path options at Rockhurst:

  • Traditional Pre-Nursing: Students work closely with faculty and advisors to customize their first two years at Rockhurst to meet the requirements of the nursing schools they wish to apply. Faculty and advisors not only guide students through the appropriate coursework, but will also coach them through the application process, including co-curricular experiences that will help make them highly competitive applicants. Rockhurst pursues articulation agreements with area nursing programs that help create seamless transitions into the last two years of the BSN. The traditional pre-nursing path typically consists of two years at Rockhurst, and two years in the formal BSN program at an accredited nursing school from which the student will earn their final degree.
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science / Pre-Nursing Track: Similar to traditional pre-nursing, the BS in Health Science Pre-Nursing track prepares students for pursuing a BSN through the process of also earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. In this path, the BSN can be earned post-graduation from Rockhurst, often through Accelerated Nursing Programs designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in a different discipline.


  • 9 out of 10 Rockhurst students who apply to professional or graduate school are accepted to their first-choice programs.
  • 97% of RU students start their careers or are enrolled in post-graduate school within 6 months of graduating from Rockhurst.
  • 1 out of every 3 RU students are engaged in undergraduate research