Which Nursing Schools Are in Kansas?

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Students hoping to enter the nursing profession have a number of educational options available to them in the state of Kansas. Regardless of whether prospective students are seeking associate level degrees to begin their careers as nurses or more advanced master's degrees to specialize in one of the many aspects of nursing, there are a number of programs in Kansas to choose from.

What You Need to Know

Degree programs in nursing in Kansas include associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs. Such programs are offered primarily by four-year, public schools, although associate's degrees are offered by two-year institutions, both public and private. Associate's degree programs may train new students to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or enable LPNs to become registered nurses (RNs). Associate's degree programs, depending on the school and the track, may take 18 months to two years to complete. Bachelor's degrees lead to a career as a RN. Master's degree programs are available to students already possessing a baccalaureate degree and who are currently certified as a RN. These programs typically combine coursework with labs and clinical research. In order to become licensed as a nurse in Kansas, you must complete an accredited program.

Nursing Associate's Degree Programs in Kansas

Hesston College

Hesston College offers associate's degree programs for students with no nursing training and for LPNs who want to become RNs. Classes include pharmacology, maternity and pediatrics, chemistry, mental health nursing, computers and psychology. You'll practice nursing skills with simulators in Hesston's on-campus learning laboratories and gain clinical experience with real patients at area health care facilities.

  • Program Names: Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to RN
  • Program Length: 2 years full-time, ADN; 1 year full-time, LPN to RN
  • Tuition: $25,234 a year (as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: For 2-year ADN track: Chemistry, anatomy and physiology courses; for LPN to RN track: Anatomy and physiology courses
  • Admission Requirements: For 2-year ADN track: High school GPA of at least 3.25 or college GPA of at least 2.75, ACT or SAT scores; for LPN to RN track: College and practical nursing (PN) GPA of at least 2.75, acceptable ACT, SAT or ASSET scores
  • School Type: 4-year, private; almost 430 students (all undergraduate)

Pratt Community College

Every student in Pratt College's nursing program must arrive as a PN or spend 30 weeks in training to earn that designation. After that, you can enroll in the ADN program. Pratt offers on-campus programs and a hybrid program (for Kansas residents) in which you take most classes online. You'll gain basic nurses training during the PN portion of the program and expand upon those skills as you pursue your ADN through classroom work and clinical experiences. Paramedics and PNs can enroll directly in the online ADN program.

  • Program Name: Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Program Length: About 18 months full-time (includes PN program)
  • Tuition: $3,168 per year, in-district Kansas residents; $3,268 per year, Kansas residents; $3,624 per year, non-Kansas residents; (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: English composition, anatomy and physiology, psychology, speech and microbiology courses; active Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) certificate
  • School Type: 2-year, public; almost 1,400 students (all undergraduate)

Nursing Bachelor's Degree Programs in Kansas

Fort Hays State University

While you must apply separately to the Department of Nursing at Fort Hays State University, you can enroll as a pre-nursing student as a freshman and receive assistance from a faculty adviser prior to admission. Fort Hays also offers an RN to BSN program for nurses with a diploma or associate's degree. In the traditional program, you'll take general education courses that prepare you for nursing, such as microbiology, foundations of nursing and nutrition. The nursing program includes instruction in ethics, nursing for older adults, health assessments and health care policy. You'll train in the department's simulated hospital setting as well as gain clinical experience at health care facilities. You may be eligible for a paid internship.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Program Length: 4 years full-time
  • Tuition: $4,654 per year, Kansas residents; $13,657 per year, non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Certification as a CNA or take Nursing Fundamentals class; LPNs must hold current license
  • Admission Requirements: 'C' or above in prerequisite courses, composite score of 65 or higher on the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; over 11,600 undergraduate students and almost 2,200 graduate students

University of Kansas

You can earn your BSN through two routes. If you're just starting your education, you can enroll in the traditional BSN program. If you're an RN, this school offers an online RN-BSN program. In either program, you'll study nursing theory and skills and acquire experience through practice in the school's state-of-the-art clinical learning lab and during supervised work in health care facilities. The university also offers an RN-BSN/MS option, which allows you to take some graduate-level courses in preparation for a master's program in nursing; however, completing the RN-BSN/MS program does not result in a master's degree, nor does it guarantee admission to one of the University of Kansas' master's programs.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 4 years full-time, BSN; 1 year full-time, RN-BSN
  • Tuition: $10,825 per year Kansas residents; $26,659 per year, non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Five humanities courses, three social sciences courses and eight natural sciences courses
  • School Type: 4-year, public; almost 19,350 undergraduate students and over 7,800 graduate students

Nursing Master's Degree Programs in Kansas

Fort Hays State University

In the MSN program at Fort Hays State University, you can hone your administrative skills, become an instructor of nurses or earn credentials as an advanced practice nurse. The MSN specialty track programs are planned to accommodate working nurses. You'll take courses in the NE and NA tracks online and interact with your classmates and instructors through scheduled audio conferences. As a student in the FNP track, you'll only have to come to campus about once a week. You can complete the 750 hours of required preceptorship experience at a facility near your home.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Specialization Areas: Family nurse practitioner (FNP), nurse educator (NE) and nurse administrator (NA)
  • Program Length: FNP, 51 credit hours (roughly 2 years); NE and NA, 34 credit hours (roughly 1 year)
  • Tuition: $3,205 per year, Kansas residents; $9,129 per year, non-resident (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited school, course in health assessment with grade of 'C' or better; FNP students must have at least one year of nursing experience and pathophysiology course with grade of 'C' or better
  • Admission Requirements: Current RN license in U.S. (FNP students must have Kansas license)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; over 11,600 undergraduate students and almost 2,200 graduate students

University of Kansas

You have a broad range of specialties to choose from in the MSN program at the University of Kansas. If you're interested in gerontological nursing, for example, you can follow the NP or CNS track. You'll work with computer information systems in the nursing informatics specialty and care for mothers and babies in the nurse-midwifery track. Courses are taught online in many programs, and in those instances, you'll only report to campus a few times a semester.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Specialization Areas: Clinical nurse specialist (CNS), clinical research management, nursing informatics, nurse-midwife, NP, organizational leadership, nurse anesthesia, public health nursing
  • Program Length: Varies from 1-3 years, depending on specialty
  • Tuition: $9,029 per year, Kansas residents; $21,120 per year, non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Kansas or Missouri RN license
  • School Type: 4-year, public; almost 19,350 undergraduate students and over 7,800 graduate students

To recap, students can look forward to a variety of options when seeking nursing degrees in the state of Kansas. Both private and public universities, including the University of Kansas, Fort Hays State University, Pratt Community College, and Hesston College, offer degrees to satisfy a variety of career goals, both for prospective nurses and nurses returning to school to further their education.

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