Kansas Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide is designed to provide you with essential information on the nursing programs offered across the state of Kansas. The state’s colleges and universities allow students to choose from a variety of concentrations, among them nurse practitioner, nursing education, and nursing administration. If you need a more flexible and more convenient option to earning a nursing degree, you may want to consider enrolling in a bachelor’s or a master’s in nursing degree program at an online university. Online universities, such as Walden University, afford students the opportunity to earn a degree entirely online with required practicums generally completed in the student’s hometown.

Kansas School Facts:

  • 23 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 17 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 7 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: The University of Kansas 64%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Washburn University 40%.1
  • Highest net price: Benedictine College $24,879.1
  • Lowest net price: Wichita State University $8,645.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Kansas with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $12,302 – $24,550.2
  • 1 school in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of Kansas (36).

Continue reading below where you will find several profiles of bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing programs offered throughout the state of Kansas.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Kansas

University of Kansas
The University of Kansas Medical Center’s four-year, 124-credit undergraduate nursing program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students must complete general college requirements during the freshmen and sophomore years before entering the nursing major for the junior and senior years. In addition to nursing coursework in physiological functioning, quality improvement, and nursing across the lifespan, nursing majors will also complete a mandatory practicum each semester of the program. Students begin the program in the fall semester, and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as the program is competitive. Graduates of the program have secured nursing positions in such prestigious institutions as the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University.

Newman University
Newman University confers the Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four-year, 124-credit program. Students must complete 61 credits of general college education requirements and prerequisites before beginning the nursing curriculum, generally in the junior year. Nursing coursework focuses on therapeutic nursing interventions, nursing assessment, mental health nursing across the lifespan, and community nursing. In addition to coursework, nursing majors must also engage in a clinical experience each semester in the nursing program. Successful applicants to the program, which is competitive, may begin their studies in the fall or in the spring semester.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Kansas

Wichita State University
Graduate students at Wichita State University can earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in one of two concentrations: direct care nursing education and nursing leadership and administration. Students in the direct care nursing education track will complete 50 credits and nursing leadership administration students must take 49 credits to fulfill degree requirements. All graduate nursing students will take five core courses covering graduate statistics, policy and politics in health care systems, and an evidence-based nursing project. Successful applicants to the program must already possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and must currently hold a registered nurses license. One year of nursing experience is preferred but not required.

Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University awards the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with specializations in family nurse practitioner, nursing education, and nursing administration. The MSN program allows for both on-campus and online learning. All graduate students, regardless of the track, will complete a menu of core courses in statistics for health professionals, developing nursing theories, primary health promotion, and research in nursing. A practicum is mandatory. Students in the family practitioner track generally only take classes on campus in Hays one day each week with all students completing a minimum of 750 hours of a clinical experience. Clinical experiences are generally found close to the student’s home.

Reviews of Kansas Nursing Programs

Tabor College
400 S Jefferson St
Hillsboro, KS 67063
(620) 947-3121

The Tabor College nursing program that I attend is an RN to BSN program. It is all online with classes lasting 6 weeks. I am almost done now and it has taken about a year and a half of part-time study. The program has pros and cons. The pros are that it can be completed all online, it has small class sizes, and has a good reputation in my state. The reputation part is a big deal to me because I intend to go on to complete my DNP. The cons to this program are that it was more expensive than most alternative RN-BSN online programs in my state. I also felt that even though the classes were small, the instructors didn’t interact much outside of grading. The classes seemed premade and were mostly discussion posts and papers. No lecture components and not much actual ‘teaching’ took place.” – Student at Tabor College

Pittsburg State University
1701 S Broadway St
Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 231-7000

The nursing program is very hard to get into. It is a very competitive process. Less people get into the program than don’t. This makes it a very reputable program. All of the nursing instructors are really good at their job and have a lot of experience working in the industry. I trust that I have gotten a good education in the program and that I am doing well in my career. I would definitely recommend the program to anyone who is looking to get a good nursing education and is willing to put in a lot of work up front getting into the program.” – Student at Pittsburg State University

Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount St
Wichita, KS 67260
(316) 978-3456

The Wichita State University nursing program located in Northeast Wichita is accredited, offers a BS Nursing degree (i.e., an Accredited BSN degree) and includes clinical training. On the most part, the class sizes were small and offered individual attention with the instructor and professors. Most of the professors and instructors were experienced and professional. Some of the classes were ‘hands on’ or clinicals at a real functioning hospital or clinic. The program is listed as a 13-month program although it took me longer since I was somewhere between part-time and full-time. They list and average class size of 30 but most were less than that. All and all I would say it was a positive experience and I learned a lot.” – Student at Wichita State University

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=KS&sort=best