Nursing Program

The Nursing major at Avila

Avila’s nursing students have a first-pass rate on the NCLEX-RN of 96.68% (average over the past three years).

For more than 70 years, Avila University’s School of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri, enjoys an outstanding reputation for preparing leaders in the field – the result of an innovative, 21st-century curriculum. Students at Avila University are motivated and committed to their education. They are taught by faculty with significant clinical experience, causing employers to seek after graduates of Avila’s nursing programs.

Choose Your Pathway

The School of Nursing provides two pathways to earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The B.S. in Nursing is your traditional nursing program for students who would like to get their nursing degree. The Accelerated B.S. in Nursing is for adult learners who have 60 or more college credits. Review to see which program is best for you!

Regardless of the program, Avila’s experienced faculty are here to help ensure students are equipped with the skills they need to start a fulfilling career as a nurse. Students will work in our simulation lab, receive personalized instruction, and take advantage of Avila’s top-ranking program.

Classes for this program are in-person on campus as a traditional Undergraduate program and students must be accepted in to the program as part of an application process.

Be Prepared for Your Career

Avila has an outstanding reputation as one of the oldest baccalaureate programs of nursing in the metropolitan area, and one that prepares students for nursing careers and nursing leadership positions.

The Avila nursing graduate is well prepared to begin a successful nursing career in a variety of settings and to contribute to nursing membership and activity in professional nursing organizations.

Avila nursing graduates have earned the following positions of nursing leadership:

  • Directors of agencies,including home health and long-term care facilities.
  • Hospital administrator of a rural community hospital.
  • Entrepreneur in the field of nurse executive placement.
  • Leadership roles in the American Nurses’ Association.
  • Executive Director of a national research project to enhance underprivileged family well-being.
  • Nursing program directors and faculty.

Experience the Nursing Education and Resource Center

(aka: the NERC)


  • Simulated hospital environment where students learn to assist patients and provide basic to intensive nursing skills.
  • Meeting and workspace for independent and group study.

Welcome to Avila University’s newly constructed Nursing Simulation Lab – The Nursing Village! Completed in 2023, this cutting-edge facility spans 1500 square feet and stands as a testament to Avila’s commitment to advancing nursing education.

Designed to provide an immersive and realistic learning experience, The Nursing Village is equipped with a pre/debrief room to enhance reflective learning. The mock hospital space features five hospital bays, a fully-functional nurses’ station, an electronic medication dispenser, and a meticulously organized clean supply room. The facility’s layout mirrors a real healthcare environment, offering students an authentic setting to hone their skills and build confidence.

At The Nursing Village, we embrace the latest technologies to elevate the learning experience. High-fidelity simulations and virtual reality scenarios are conducted within this innovative space, allowing students to engage in a wide range of medical scenarios. Our simulations cover diverse areas such as medical-surgical, pediatrics, critical care, obstetrics, mental health, and community health.

Our commitment to excellence in nursing education is reflected in the meticulous design and functionality of The Nursing Village. This facility serves as a hub for hands-on learning, enabling students to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Join us at Avila University and experience the future of nursing education in The Nursing Village, where simulation meets reality to shape the next generation of compassionate and skilled healthcare professionals.

Nursing students participate in a variety of simulations throughout the nursing program, including: virtual simulations, high-fidelity simulations, mass casualty simulations, and home healthcare simulations. Simulation and the strong debriefing process allow students to build teamwork, enhance clinical judgement and reflect on their own actions in a variety of clinical solutions.


Dept. of Nursing
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City

Caryl Goodyear, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K, FAAN, Chair of the School of Nursing, Director of Nursing Partnerships
P: 816-501-3675 / E:

Transferring to Avila?

You may also be eligible for the Accelerated B.S of Nursing degree! If you are an adult student with more than 60+ credit hours, you qualify for our ABSN program!

Did you know that you can get college credit for work history? Learn more about the Prior Learning Assessment Transfer hours!

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