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About the School

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, informaticians, leaders, administrators, scholars and researchers.


Outstanding programs: The school, begun in 1905 and located on the campuses of the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and Salina, Kansas, dedicates expertise and resources toward building healthy communities and advancing the nursing and health informatics professions, 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 researchers. They learn in real-life simulations in the School's state-of-the-art simulation skills laboratory and alongside other future health professionals Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) at the University of Kansas Medical Center campuses.

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 and researchers.

Well-prepared graduates: Our graduates are in great demand. That's because they leave well prepared to take on critical roles in nursing and health care, leadership, 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 9 community colleges in Kansas to create the KU-Community College Nursing Partnership Program
  • 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 School of Nursing has a unique education and research program in Rural Health Nursing
  • The School of Nursing has created the KU Nursing Pathways Program introducing the profession of nursing to high school students in rural and underserved areas and then providing mentorship and guidance to and through their nursing education.

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 and more recently to Vizient.

The School of Nursing has a vibrant consultation program and is an international leader in Professional Identity Formation in Nursing.
More information about the interprofessional health informatics programs can be found on the KU Center for Health Informatics website.

Last modified: Jul 23, 2021
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