With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Kansas School of Nursing, graduates are prepared for success in any health care setting. KU graduates are ready to work in hospitals, community health agencies, industrial or long-term care facilities, as travel nurses, or flight nurses, as well as in other clinical settings.

Graduates of the KU School of Nursing baccalaureate program, begun in 1929, go on to become charge nurses and move into other leadership positions in Kansas and across the country. They are well-prepared for continuing their education through master's and doctoral programs in nursing.

School of Nursing alumni are hired by hospitals of great renown, including Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic and excellent hospital systems closer to home at The University of Kansas Hospital and Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. 

The KU School of Nursing's baccalaureate, master's, and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. This organization is a nationally recognized professional accrediting body for collegiate nursing programs. The baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP programs also are approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. The Nurse Midwifery Program is accredited by the Accreditation Division of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (240) 485-1800.

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers three undergraduate nursing programs: Pre-licensure BSN, RN to BSN, and Community College Nursing Partnership (CCNP). Each program is described below. 

Pre-licensure BSN Program

Students enter the Pre-Licensure BSN program after taking 62 semester credit hours of prerequisite work in an accredited college or university. Admission to the school is competitive. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 is required to apply.

Pre-Nursing Advising

A pre-nursing advisor is available by appointment during the fall and spring semesters in the Undergraduate Advising Center, Summerfield Hall, on the Lawrence campus and year-round on the Kansas University Medical Center campus in Kansas City. The advisor provides students with information about the nursing profession, help with course selection in preparation for nursing application, and guidance in the admission process. For an appointment, current Lawrence campus students can call (785) 864-2834. All other students can call  (913) 588-1619 for an appointment in Kansas City.

Admission Procedure

Applications for the pre-licensure BSN program are accepted from July 1st to October 1st for admission the following fall semester. Applications are accepted through the KU Medical Center online application site.

Admission Criteria

The school endeavors to meet the changing needs of society by selecting applicants who, in the judgment of the Student Admission and Progression Committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for the successful study and practice of nursing, and who will best meet the needs of the citizenry. Students are selected on the basis of college scholastic achievement, interest in and commitment to nursing, letters of reference, extracurricular activities, personal characteristics, and health-related work and volunteer experience. The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, martial status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities.

Course Requirements

Within the 62 hours required for admission to the basic BSN program, the following must be included:

Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses in English composition and literature, public speech, general sociology, general psychology, theories of child or human development, global perspectives, and humanities are required. Students who complete these general education requirements through the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences meet these requirements by taking the following courses:

English (6)
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English
Social Sciences (9)
PSYC 104General Psychology3
SOC 104Elements of Sociology3
or SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values
ABSC 160Introduction to Child Behavior and Development3
or PSYC 333 Child Development
Humanities (3)
1 course designated General Education 3H in this catalog 13
Oral Communication (3)
Select one of the following:
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
Or Exemption for current KU students only
Global Awareness class (3)3
1 course designated Advanced Education 4.2 in this catalog 2
1

  View course list

2

  View course list

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Courses in general chemistry, microbiology, biology or zoology, and human anatomy are required. These courses must include laboratory experience. Courses in college algebra, statistics, physiology, and nutrition are also required but do not require a laboratory experience.

Natural Sciences (25)
Select one of the following:
BIOL 100
BIOL 102
Principles of Biology
and Principles of Biology Laboratory
4
or BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIOL 200
BIOL 203
Basic Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
5
BIOL 240
BIOL 241
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Observation Laboratory
5
BIOL 246Principles of Human Physiology3
CHEM 110Introductory Chemistry5
or CHEM 130 General Chemistry I
HSES 330Principles of Nutrition and Health3
Mathematics and Statistics (6)
MATH 101College Algebra (or exemption)3
PSYC 210Statistics in Psychological Research3
or MATH 365 Elementary Statistics
Electives

Electives can be chosen according to the student’s particular interests or needs. Examples of such elective areas of study are foreign language, philosophy, literature, creative writing, history, physics, mathematics, political science, western civilization, biological sciences, economics, etc. A maximum of 8 performance-based credit hours can be accepted in the 62 credit hours required for admission. These 8 credit hours may be in physical education courses, and technique courses in art, music, and dance.

RN to BSN Program

Students complete an associate degree in nursing from an ACEN accredited community college, including 60 credit hours of prerequisite liberal arts and science courses. Following RN licensure, students complete 30-35 credit hours of nursing courses online through KU Medical Center. Admission to the school is competitive. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 is required to apply.

Admission Procedure

The application for the RN to BSN program is open at all times, with the following deadline dates: April 1st for summer semester, July 1st for fall semester, and November 1st for spring semester. Applications are accepted through the KU Medical Center online application site.

Admission Criteria

The school endeavors to meet the changing needs of society by selecting applicants who, in the judgment of the student admission and progression committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for the successful study and practice of nursing, and who will best meet the needs of the citizenry. Students are selected on the basis of college scholastic achievement, interest in and commitment to nursing, letters of reference, extracurricular activities, personal characteristics, and health-related work and volunteer experience. The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, martial status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities.

Course Requirements

Within the 60 hours required for admission to the RN to BSN program, the following must be included:

Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses in English composition and literature, speech or interpersonal communication, general sociology, general psychology, theories of child or human development, global perspectives, and humanities are required. Students who complete these general education requirements through the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences meet these requirements by taking the following courses:

English (6)
ENGL 101Composition3
Select one of the following:
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English
Social Sciences (9)
PSYC 104General Psychology3
SOC 104Elements of Sociology3
or SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values
ABSC 160Introduction to Child Behavior and Development3
or PSYC 333 Child Development
Humanities (3)
1 course designated General Education 3H in this catalog 13
Oral Communication (6)
Select one of the following:3
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
Global Awareness class (3)3
1 course designated Advanced Education 4.2 in this catalog 2
Exemption
1

View principal course list

2

View principal course list

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Courses in general chemistry, microbiology, and human anatomy are required. These courses must include laboratory experience. Courses in college algebra, statistics, physiology, and nutrition are also required but do not require a laboratory experience.

Natural Sciences (21)
BIOL 200Basic Microbiology3
BIOL 203Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 240Fundamentals of Human Anatomy3
BIOL 241Human Anatomy Observation Laboratory2
BIOL 246Principles of Human Physiology3
CHEM 110Introductory Chemistry5
or CHEM 130 General Chemistry I
HSES 330Principles of Nutrition and Health3
Mathematics and Statistics (6)
MATH 101College Algebra (or exemption)3
PSYC 210Statistics in Psychological Research3
or MATH 365 Elementary Statistics
Electives

Electives can be chosen according to the student’s particular interests or needs. Examples of such elective areas of study are foreign language, philosophy, literature, creative writing, history, oral communication, physics, mathematics, political science, western civilization, biological sciences, economics, etc. A maximum of 8 performance-based credit hours can be accepted in the 62 credit hours required for admission. These 8 credit hours may be in physical education courses, and technique courses in art, music, and dance.

Community College Nursing Partnership Program (CCNP)

Students first complete 60 credit hours of prerequisite liberal arts and science courses, and then simultaneously complete the associate degree in nursing at a community college and 30 credit hours of BSN courses online through KU Medical Center. This program is currently offered to students at Butler Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, and Neosho County Community College. Admission to the school is competitive. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 is required to apply.

Admission Procedure

The application for the CCNP program is open at all times, with the following deadline dates: April 1st for summer semester, July 1st for fall semester, and November 1st for spring semester. Applications are accepted through the KU Medical Center online application site.

Admission Criteria

The school endeavors to meet the changing needs of society by selecting applicants who, in the judgment of the student admission and progression committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for the successful study and practice of nursing, and who will best meet the needs of the citizenry. Students are selected on the basis of college scholastic achievement, interest in and commitment to nursing, letters of reference, extracurricular activities, personal characteristics, and health-related work and volunteer experience. The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, martial status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities.

Course Requirements

Within the 60 hours required for admission to the CCNP program, the following must be included:

Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses in English composition and literature, speech or interpersonal communication, general sociology, general psychology, theories of child or human development, global perspectives, and humanities are required. Students who complete these general education requirements through the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences meet these requirements by taking the following courses:

English (6)
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English
Social Sciences (9)
PSYC 104General Psychology3
SOC 104Elements of Sociology3
or SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values
ABSC 160Introduction to Child Behavior and Development3
or PSYC 333 Child Development
Humanities (3)
1 course designated General Education 3H in this catalog 13
Oral Communication (6)
Select one of the following:3
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
Global Awareness class (3)3
1 course designated Advanced Education 4.2 in this catalog 2
Exemption
1

View principal course list

2

View principal course list

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Courses in general chemistry, microbiology, and human anatomy are required. These courses must include laboratory experience. Courses in college algebra, statistics, physiology, and nutrition are also required but do not require a laboratory experience.

Natural Sciences (21)
BIOL 200Basic Microbiology3
BIOL 203Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 240Fundamentals of Human Anatomy3
BIOL 241Human Anatomy Observation Laboratory2
BIOL 246Principles of Human Physiology3
CHEM 110Introductory Chemistry5
or CHEM 130 General Chemistry I
HSES 330Principles of Nutrition and Health3
Mathematics and Statistics (6)
MATH 101College Algebra (or exemption)3
PSYC 210Statistics in Psychological Research3
or MATH 365 Elementary Statistics
Electives

Electives can be chosen according to the student’s particular interests or needs. Examples of such elective areas of study are foreign language, philosophy, literature, creative writing, history, oral communication, physics, mathematics, political science, western civilization, biological sciences, economics, etc. A maximum of 8 performance-based credit hours can be accepted in the 62 credit hours required for admission. These 8 credit hours may be in physical education courses, and technique courses in art, music, and dance.

Degree Requirements

The BSN degree is granted to candidates recommended by the School of Nursing as having successfully fulfilled all prescribed requirements, including the courses listed below. A total of 124 credit hours is required for the pre-licensure BSN degree, and a total of 120 credit hours is required for the RN to BSN degree, with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0. Only courses in which a grade of C or higher is earned count toward graduation. The last 30 hours completed for the degree must have been taken in residence at KU. A portion of total hours applied toward graduation may be earned through credit by examination.

Pre-Licensure BSN Program

The professional portion of the BSN program can be completed in 2 academic years of full-time study.

NURS 327Communicating and Managing Healthcare Information3
NURS 328Professional Development I: Introduction to the Profession2
NURS 329Alterations in Physiological Functioning I2
NURS 330Pharmacology I2
NURS 331Basic Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions3
NURS 332Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing3
NURS 333Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing Practicum1
NURS 334Professional Development II: Image, Roles, and Ethics3
NURS 335Quality Improvement2
NURS 336Alterations in Physiological Functioning II3
NURS 337Pharmacology II2
NURS 338Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan3
NURS 339Health and Illness: Nursing Across the Lifespan Practicum3
NURS 382Honors Seminar (if in Nursing Honors Program)1
NURS 471Development of a Microsystem Leader4
NURS 472Evidence-Based Practice: Translating Research to Practice2
NURS 473Professional Development III: Navigating the Profession2
NURS 474Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations4
NURS 475Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations Practicum3
NURS 476Nursing in an Evolving Healthcare System4
NURS 477Capstone3
NURS 478Integration Seminar1
NURS 480Population Based Healthcare Practicum2
NURS 481Honors Evidence-Based Practice: Translating Research to Practice (if in Nursing Honors Program)2
NURS 482Honors Practicum I (if in Nursing Honors Program)2
NURS 483Honors Practicum II (if in Nursing Honors Program)2
NURS 485Populations Based Healthcare I1
NURS 486Populations Based Healthcare II2

RN–BSN Program

The RN to BSN program provides registered nurses a way to complete the baccalaureate degree in a flexible online format. The program can be completed in as little as one calendar year of full-time study or up to five years of part-time study. A total of 120 semester credit hours are required for the degree, comprised of 60 credit hours of liberal arts prerequisite courses and 60 credit hours of nursing courses and evidence of RN licensure. Nursing course content may be transferred via portfolio from the associate degree nursing program. The last 30 hours completed for the degree must be taken at KU.

KU BSN Courses

NURS 320Pathophysiology for the Practicing Nurse3
NURS 326Pharmacology for the Practicing Nurse3
NURS 352Client Assessment for the Practicing Nurse3
NURS 441Nursing Research in an Evidence-Based Practice Setting3
NURS 443Developing the Baccalaureate Nurse Role3
NURS 444Using Technology to Enhance Client Safety3
NURS 446Population Based Health Care for the Practicing Nurse3
NURS 447Nursing Practice within the Clinical Health Care Micro System3
NURS 448Scholarly Inquiry for Quality Improvement3
NURS 449Nursing Practice within the Healthcare Organization3
NURS 451Navigating the Influences of the Health Care Macro-Environment3
NURS 492Senior Project2-3
Total Hours35-36

Portfolio/Transfer Credits

Introduction to Professional Nursing2
Assessment/Therapeutic Interventions3
Foundations of Nursing4
Image, Roles & Ethics3
Nursing Across the Lifespan6
Nursing Diverse Populations7
NURS 320, NURS 326, and NURS 352 are eligible for credit by portfolio from approved associate degree programs.0-9
Total Hours25-34
 

CCNP Program

Students first complete 60 credit hours of prerequisite liberal arts and science courses, and then simultaneously complete the associate degree in nursing at a community college and 30 credit hours of BSN courses online through KU Medical Center. This program is currently offered to students at Butler Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, and Neosho County Community College. 

NURS 356Using Technology and Informatics to Improve Patient Safety3
NURS 357Introduction to the Baccalaureate Nurse Role3
NURS 411Population-Based Nursing3
NURS 412Nursing in Healthcare Microsystems3
NURS 413Teamwork and Collaboration in Healthcare3
NURS 414Organizational Influences on Nursing Practice3
NURS 415Improving Healthcare Quality3
NURS 416Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURS 417Influences of the Healthcare Macro-System on Nursing Practice3
NURS 418Senior Nursing Project3
Total Hours30

Portfolio/Transfer Credits

Introduction to Professional Nursing2
Assessment/Therapeutic Interventions3
Foundations of Nursing4
Image, Roles & Ethics3
Nursing Across the Lifespan6
Nursing Diverse Populations7
NURS 320, NURS 326, and NURS 352 are eligible for credit by portfolio from approved associate degree programs.0-9
Total Hours25-34

Plans of Study

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 1003CHEM 110 (offered in spring semester only)5
BIOL 1021ENGL 1023
ENGL 1013SOC 104 or 1603
MATH 1013COMS 1303
PSYC 1043Global Awareness course3
Elective1-3 
 14-16 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 2403ABSC 160 or PSYC 3333
BIOL 2412BIOL 200 (offered in spring semester only)3
BIOL 2463BIOL 203 (offered in spring semester only)2
MATH 365 or PSYC 2103HSES 3303
Elective3Humanities course3
 Elective3
 14 17
Total Hours: 62-64

Sample schedules for the RN to BSN and Community College Nursing Programs are available through the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at SONINFO@kumc.edu or 913.588.1619.

University Honors Program

The School of Nursing encourages all qualified on-campus BSN undergraduates to participate in the University Honors Program.

Departmental Honors Program

The School of Nursing’s Departmental Honors Program offers enhanced educational opportunities for the most academically talented, promising, and motivated baccalaureate students while providing a foundation for leadership development and articulation into graduate education.

Students in the School of Nursing Honors Program develop and complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty research mentor. Students must make formal application and be admitted to the Honors Program to take honors courses. Once admitted to the program, students may use departmental honors courses to help meet the requirements of the University Honors Program.

Selection criteria for the Nursing Honors Program are as follows:

  • Enrollment in the pre-licensure BSN program
  • Full-time status
  • Overall grade-point average of 3.25 or higher contingent on earning a nursing grade-point average of 3.5 or higher at the end of the fall semester (exceptions are considered on an individual basis)
  • Completion of Nursing Honors Program application

Academic progression through the honors curriculum is evaluated on an individual basis. However, to graduate with departmental honors from the School of Nursing, the student must attain an overall grade-point average of 3.25 with a nursing grade-point average of 3.5 and satisfactory grades in all clinical practicum courses, complete all required courses in the Nursing Honors Program, and have their oral and written reports of research findings certified.

The honors curriculum comprises the following courses:

NURS 382Honors Seminar (spring of junior year)1
NURS 481Honors Evidence-Based Practice: Translating Research to Practice (summer between junior and senior year)2
NURS 482Honors Practicum I (fall of senior year)2
NURS 483Honors Practicum II (spring of senior year)2

Students who successfully complete the Nursing Honors Program are recognized in the following ways:

  • The notation of Departmental Honors on the official university transcript
  • An official certificate indicating graduation with BSN Honors
  • Listing in the School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony program
  • Formal recognition at the School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony
  • Listing in the University of Kansas Commencement Program
  • Formal recognition at the Cording Ceremony on the Lawrence campus for students also completing the University Honors Program

For more information, contact the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION
University of Kansas School of Nursing

I.  Introduction

All individuals admitted to the University of Kansas School of Nursing will be asked to verify that they can meet the following Technical Standards, with or without accommodation(s). In courses or programs without clinical components, or involving no direct client care, the Technical Standards may be modified by the Student Admission and Progression Committee (SAPC). After acceptance, but before admission to the School of Nursing, students in all programs must be able to document current certification/evidence of completion of a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for healthcare providers. This requires being able to successfully complete both the written and practical test for certification. In addition, with or without accommodation, the following abilities and expectations must be met by all students, undergraduate and graduate, admitted to the School of Nursing.

II.  Standards

A.  Observation/Sensory-motor:  Applicants must be able to observe demonstrations and learn from experiences in the basic sciences, including but not limited to, physiology and pharmacology, microbiology and pathophysiology laboratory situations. Applicants must be able to observe and learn from experiences in the clinical nursing laboratory such as the following examples: accurately read gradients/calibrations on a syringe; measure medications accurately; accurately recognize color changes on chemical reaction strips; assess heart, breath, abdominal sounds; assess normal and abnormal color changes in the skin; observe pupil changes; and observe digital or waveform readings.

B.  Communication:  Communications include not only speech but also reading, writing, and computer usage, including handheld digital access. Applicants must be able to communicate accurately and effectively with patients, caregivers, physicians, other health professionals, clinical facility staff, faculty and staff, peers, and the community in general in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications.

C.  Psychomotor:  Applicants should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. Applicants should be physically able to collect specimens and perform basic tests (such as glucose finger stick, urine dipstick). Applicants should be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of nurses are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, administration of intravenous medication, application of pressure to stop bleeding, and assist in moving and lifting patients using proper body mechanics. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and using tactile and visual senses.

D.  Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative:  Applicants must be able to comprehend and interpret documents written in English. Applicants should have cognitive abilities including measurements, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis.  Critical thinking is the ability to synthesize knowledge and integrate the relevant aspects of a client’s history, physical exam findings and diagnostic studies. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of nurses, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the applicant should be able to comprehend three dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures in order to understand normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology.

E.  Behavioral and Social Attributes:  Applicants must possess the emotional health required to utilize their intellectual abilities fully, exercise good judgment, complete all responsibilities attendant to the nursing diagnosis and care of patients promptly, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and their families. Applicants must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal communication skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that should be assessed during the admissions and education process. As a component of nursing education, a student must demonstrate ethical behavior including adherence to the professional nursing and student honor codes. The honor code at the KU School of Nursing is the Professional Integrity System (PROFITS). KU PROFITS is a peer-oriented integrity system to promote an environment where academic honesty is valued and expected.

III.  Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who disclose a disability are considered for admission if they are otherwise qualified so long as such accommodation does not significantly alter the essential requirements of the curriculum and the educational program, or significantly affect the safety of patient care or others. When applicants or students disclose a disability, the provision of reasonable accommodations will be considered in an attempt to assist these individuals in meeting these required technical standards. Applicants whose response indicates that they cannot meet one or more of the expectations will be reviewed further by the University’s Office for Academic Accommodations, with applicant and faculty input, to determine if any reasonable accommodations are possible to facilitate successful completion of the nursing curriculum and preparation for the national registry examination.

It is important to give persons interested in enrolling in nursing a realistic view of the vigorous demands of the School of Nursing’s theoretical and practicum curriculum while at the same time investigating reasonable accommodations. Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on a case by case basis. Interested individuals may schedule an orientation visit to the nursing skills laboratory and actual sites of the University of Kansas Hospital and/or University of Kansas Medical Center. These orientation visits enable persons to assess their interest and ability to function in the actual clinical areas and in learning and demonstrating manual skills.

Revised:  May 9, 2014