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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing  (BSN) from the University of Kansas School of Nursing, you'll be prepared for success in today's changing health care environment.  

Our Graduates

Our graduates are prepared as baccalaureate generalist nurses - meaning that they are work-ready as they graduate, having had four semesters and 678 hours of clinical and laboratory experiences to form their broad understanding of professional nursing. KU grads are ready to work in hospitals, community health agencies, industrial or long-term care facilities, as geriatric nurses, ICU nurses, traveling nurses or flight nurses. Graduates of the KU School of Nursing BSN 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 to seek further education in master's and doctoral programs in nursing. School of Nursing alumni are hired all over the country and closer to home. The KU nursing education provides a jumping off place for a productive, fulfilling nursing career.


The BSN program requires a total of 120 credit hours, including 58 in liberal arts and sciences prerequisite courses.

Nursing Licensure

The BSN program prepares students for RN licensure. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is the examination for nursing practice in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The exam does not vary across states. Graduates apply for licensure and complete the NCLEX through the Board of Nursing in the State where they plan to practice. Some states belong to the Nurse Licensure Compact which allows graduates to apply for multi-state licensure. For information on individual state's requirements go to the National Councils of State Boards of Nursing website.

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) that requires professional nursing programs to provide information on how their curriculum meets education requirements for professional licensing in each state. You may review KU School of Nursing's information on licensure by state.

Last modified: Nov 16, 2020