ABSN Program Campus Residency

As a part of Rockhurst University’s online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, the ABSN Residency allows you to learn with hands-on experience through on-campus clinical instruction. Learn more about what it is and what to expect.

What is the ABSN Residency?


  • In their first semester, ABSN students will attend Rockhurst’s campus in Kansas City, Missouri for 10 days of clinical instruction in our renovated nursing facility, for experiential learning in our state-of-the-art simulation lab as well as direct patient care.
  • To secure your spot, fill out the ABSN Residency Housing Application.

Residency Activities

  • Receive hands-on instruction from the Rockhurst faculty
  • Complete high- and low-fidelity simulation
  • Demonstrate competencies in various critical elements
  • Experience direct patient care through clinical rotations
  • Gain exposure to different spheres of care such as skilled nursing, hospice, and long-term and acute care settings

After the Residency

  • After the residency, students will return home for the remainder of the program where they will continue their online coursework. Additionally, students will complete the rest of their clinical hours at a predetermined site under the direct supervision of a licensed RN preceptor and the indirect supervision of a Rockhurst clinical faculty supervisor.

Learn Through Hands-on Experience

During the 10-day residency, you’ll apply the curriculum through interactive experiences. Here’s a quick overview of some key elements you’ll engage in.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, contact your Rockhurst University (RU) enrollment adviser and schedule a time to talk that’s convenient for you.

What is the difference between the ABSN Residency and clinical hours?
  • The ABSN Residency is a 10-day program that allows you to learn through labs, simulations and other instruction in addition to clinicals. 
  • Completing a set amount of clinical hours is a separate requirement of the Online ABSN Program at Rockhurst. Clinical hours are completed through caring for patients in real-life situations under the supervision of a preceptor. Throughout the course of the program, students will complete 546.5 clinical hours.
How long is the ABSN residency?

The ABSN Residency is 10 days long.

When does the ABSN residency take place?

The required ABSN Residency takes place in the middle of the first semester. Your professors and Student Success Advisor will share the exact dates and details as you start the program. Be sure to fill out the appropriate date in your ABSN Residency Housing Application.

How much does it cost to attend the residency?

Your student account will be billed a non-refundable, discounted amount of $580. With this cost, Rockhurst University provides housing, bedding, 15 meals in the dining center, free laundry and internet access.

Where can I find housing for the duration of the residency?

Housing is included in the total cost of attending the residency. Students will stay in Rockhurst campus housing in their own private room with a shared bathroom.

Why should I attend the residency?

The residency allows you to further your nursing education with interactive experiences alongside your professors and classmates. Not only will you gain valuable insights as a nursing student, but you’ll also benefit from a community to support you as you further your career.