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 renown hospitals all over the country, including Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic and find excellent starting positions closer to home at The University of Kansas Hospital and Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.

The School of Nursing is one of three schools at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Academic programs at KU Medical Center are offered through the Schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing. The Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies at KUMC handles matters related to graduate programs in Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing.

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, 818 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 728-9860.

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Nursing

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, 126 Strong 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

The application for the pre-licensure BSN program is available from July 1st to October 1st of the year before beginning work in the School of Nursing. Applications are available on the School of Nursing website.

Criteria for Admission

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.

Pre-licensure BSN Prerequisite 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)0
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 H 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
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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 (26)
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 242
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
   and Human Anatomy Dissection Laboratory
6
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 non-liberal-arts credit hours can be accepted in the 62 credit hours required for admission. These 8 credit hours may be in physical education courses, activity courses, first-aid courses, health education courses, applied courses, and technique courses in art, music, and professional fields other than nursing.

RN to BSN Program

Students enter the RN to BSN program after taking 60 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.

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 available through the link on the School of Nursing website.

Criteria for Admission

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.

RN to BSN Prerequisite 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 (3)
ENGL 101Composition3
Select one of the following:
Critical Reading and Writing
Freshman Honors English
Exemption
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 H 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 catalog2
Exemption
1

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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 (21-23)
BIOL 200Basic Microbiology3
BIOL 203Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 240Fundamentals of Human Anatomy3
BIOL 241Human Anatomy Observation Laboratory2-3
or BIOL 242 Human Anatomy Dissection Laboratory
BIOL 246Principles of Human Physiology3
CHEM 130General Chemistry I5
HSES 330Principles of Nutrition and Health3-4
or ANTH 542 Biology of Human Nutrition
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 eight non-liberal-arts credit hours can be accepted in the 62 credit hours required for admission. These eight credit hours may be in physical education courses, activity courses, first-aid courses, health education courses, applied courses, and technique courses in art, music, and professional fields other than nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

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.

Nursing Major: Pre-Licensure BSN Option

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 Practice2
NURS 482Honors Practicum I2
NURS 483Honors Practicum II2
NURS 485Populations Based Healthcare I1
NURS 486Populations Based Healthcare II2

Nursing Major: RN–BSN Option

The RN to BSN program provides registered nurses a way to complete their bachelor's degrees 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. 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
 

Sample Schedule for Pre-nursing Students

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

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.