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Overview of Academic Programs

The University of Kansas School of Nursing has a longstanding reputation of educating students for diverse and changing roles as nurses in every health care setting and in dynamic careers as researchers, leaders and educators. With a dedicated faculty, students and graduates help fulfill the School's mission to shape the future of professional nursing.

Students get a chance to pursue their passion through unique learning opportunities at the School of Nursing, which provides a range of high-quality academic programs within an environment filled with expertise and respect. Whether baccalaureate or graduate level, the curriculum is student-centered and evidence-based.  

The School of Nursing offers options to pursue your nursing career with a customized schedule that fits your goals as well as work or lifestyle demands, offering full-time or part-time, and distance-learning, depending on the degree program.

Students may earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from KU in three distinct ways:

  1. Traditional On-Campus BSN: Students complete 62 credit hours of prerequisite liberal arts and science courses at a regionally-accredited institution, followed by 62 credit hours of nursing courses on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus.
  2. Online RN to BSN: 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.
  3. Community College Nursing Partnership: 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. 

Students may earn the following graduate degrees from KU: Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Master of Science (MS):   A 37 to39 credit hour online master's program to prepare nurses for leadership roles in healthcare organizations and settings.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP):
The practice doctorate in nursing to prepare advanced practice clinicians and nursing leaders. BSN to DNP and post-master's DNP options are available.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD):  
The research doctorate in nursing to prepare nurse educators and research scholars for careers in academic and healthcare settings.

Last modified: Sep 14, 2018
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