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The University of Kansas School of Nursing, with nationally ranked academic programs, prepares hundreds of students each year for successful nursing careers, as clinical nurses, advanced practice nurses, educators, leaders, administrators, scholars and researchers.

Outstanding programs: The school, begun in 1905 and located on the campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., dedicates expertise and resources toward building healthy communities and advancing the nursing profession, through practice, research and education. It has built an international reputation for outstanding academic programs and as a place for innovative research.

Student-centered environment: The School of Nursing provides a resource-filled and student-centered environment for every level of a nurse's career, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as continuing education programs, accelerated curriculum, online classes and an RN to BSN option for registered nurses interested in pursuing advanced degrees. It's the only university in the region to offer a Ph.D. in nursing.

Accomplished faculty and researchers: Students have access to faculty members who also practice and to accomplished nursing researchers. They learn in real-life simulations in the School's state-of- the-art simulation skills laboratory and alongside other future health professionals through the Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Strong research: School of Nursing students and faculty contribute to a growing portfolio of science that informs the clinical interventions at the heart of nursing practice. Ranked No. 21 in the National Institutes of Health-funded public nursing schools nationwide, the School of Nursing alumni and faculty are among the field's most accomplished leaders.

Well-prepared graduates: Our graduates are in great demand. That's because they leave well prepared to take on critical roles in nursing, education and research across the spectrum of health care settings, in every part of the world.

More about the School of Nursing:

  • The School of Nursing has collaborated with 18 community colleges in Kansas to create the KU-Community College Nursing Partnership and streamline RN-to-BSN degree completion process.
  • The School of Nursing uses a live clinical health information system developed in partnership with Cerner Corp., the global health care software company, to teach nursing students how to keep and use electronic health care records.
  • The School is designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing. It is the only school in the region to be recognized by the NLN for its commitment to innovation and excellence in the education of nurses
  • The KU School of Nursing served as the home to the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) for 14 years until June 2014, when Press Ganey acquired it from the American Nurses Association. The School now provides research consultation services to NDNQI, which has more than 2,000 hospitals in its database.


Last modified: Oct 12, 2018