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Thinking About Nursing?
Nurses build close relationships with the patients they see every day because they are hands-on professionals who provide personalized care. Doctors are often regarded as the life-savers, but nurses are there for the routine care and emotional support of the patients and their families.
Nursing at a Glance
Track or Major?
Nursing is a major you complete by taking 2 years of pre-admission classes required for application to a nursing school, and then once admitted, you complete the final 2+ years of your degree in a nursing school.
- hours required: 58 pre-nursing hours + 2 years in nursing school
- time to complete: 4 years
Level of degree - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Does KU have a program?
Yes. Students spend their first 2 years on the Lawrence campus completing their pre-admission courses. Once admitted to the KU School of Nursing, the remaining 2 years are spent on the Medical Center campus in Kansas City or Salina, KS.
Quick Tip: If you have specific questions related to courses, contact your academic advisor.
GPA application requirement: 2.5
Competitive GPA accepted: 3.7
Special KU application information
- accepts 138 students total / 24 on the Salina campus
- recieves around 325 applications a year
- Strong application characteristics include healthcare work and volunteer experience, non-healthcare volunteer experience, and strong leadership skills proven through experience
- NCLEX Exam - 91% first time passing
- No interview process
- GPA considered is your overall gpa (KU + transfer work). If a student earns a D or F in a specific prerequisite course in the fall semester before the admission decision is made, their application is removed from consideration. If a student earns a D or F in a specific prerequisite after the offer of admission or waitlist is made, their admission is rescinded. KU Nursing does not observe the course repeat policy.
Quick Tip: If you need assistance with your application resume and/or personal statement, schedule an appointment at the KU Writing Center and/or University Career Center!
Gain Experience Before You Apply!
Strong applicants have healthcare and non-healthcare experience through jobs, internships, volunteer experiences, shadowing, student organizations, and more. These experiences give you the necessary leadership, technical, and transferable skills you need to be a competitive applicant and also allow you to evaluate the field to make sure it is a good fit for you before you apply to a specific program.
Quick Tip: The University Career Center can assist you in finding experiential opportunities. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 785-864-3624.
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Also, consider the following:
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital
- Heartland Community Health Center
- Visiting Nurses Association: hospice care
- Nursing Association: hospice care
- Neuvant House: home for people with dementia
- Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
- Douglas County Senior Services
- Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department
- Midland Care
- Trinity In Home Care
- Overland Park Regional Volunteering
- Lawrence Community Shelter Medical Services
- Special Needs Summer Camp Volunteering
- Midnight Farms
- American Stroke Foundation
- Children's Mercy
- MS Achievement Center
- Trinity Career Institute in Lawrence, KS / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kansas College of Nursing in Lenexa, KS / 913-248-2338
- Johnson County Community College in Lenexa, KS: Enroll in course AVHO 102 - 5 credit hours / CPR certification, social security card, and negative TB test are required
- Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, MO / 816-604-1000
- Washburn Tech in Topeka, KS / 785-670-2010
- Bethel House Training Institute in Wichita, KS: 316-771-7315