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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Eligibility and Admissions


The application for the Fall 2014 entering class will be available beginning July 1, 2013, and closing on October 15, 2013. The deadline for receipt of ALL application materials is October 15, 2013.

The KU Medical Center supplemental application, emailed to applicants 7-14 days after KU receives the NursingCAS application, must be submitted no later than December 15.

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The KU School of Nursing endeavors to fulfill its responsibilities to the changing needs of society by selecting applicants who, in the judgment of the Student Admission and Progression Committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, maturity, integrity and motivation necessary for the successful study and practice of nursing, and who will best meet the needs of the citizenry. In addition, the committee looks for applicants who will contribute academic, non-academic, and socioeconomic diversity to the class. The committee is interested in evidence of capacity for mature and independent scholarship. One of the important missions of a university is to help all individuals realize their potential. To this end, KU commits itself to:

  • The provision of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and services on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, gender expression, gender identity, religion or creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic testing and screening information. Equal opportunity for employment, education, and education-related activities shall be extended to all persons; and
  • The development and implementation of policies and programs designed to promote the full participation of these groups in the programs and activities of the University at all levels.

The committee will consider the quality of work of each applicant in all areas, the breadth of education, achievement on advanced projects, or work experience, that demonstrate the applicant’s responsibility, initiative, and ability to successfully complete the curriculum. The Student Admission and Progression Committee considers all available information regarding each applicant. Information is gathered from written sources as well as all personal contacts with the applicant. The following areas are considered:

  • College scholastic achievement
  • Interest in and commitment to nursing
  • Health-related work/ volunteer experiences
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Personal characteristics
  • References


A total of 62 semester hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required for admission to the School of Nursing. Admission is competitive. Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the nursing major. Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited college or university. To determine how your courses will transfer to the University of Kansas, please reference the CredTran Transfer Equivalency System. The following specific courses must be included in the 62 semester credit hours required for admission:

English Composition I
English Composition II
Humanities elective (One 3-credit course)
Speech or Communication
Non-Western Culture course or Cultural Anthropology

Social Sciences
General Psychology
General Sociology
Child or Human Development

Natural Sciences
College Algebra
College Biology with lab
General Microbiology with lab
General Chemistry with lab
Anatomy with lab
(A combined course in anatomy and physiology less than 8 credit hours will not be accepted.)

At most colleges and universities, this list of courses will not add up to 62 semester credit hours. In addition to the list above, electives are required to meet the minimum of 62 semester credit hours. Electives can be chosen according to the student’s particular interests or needs. Examples of such electives are foreign language, philosophy, literature, history, physics, mathematics, political science, biological sciences, economics, etc.

A maximum of 8 non-liberal arts semester credits will be accepted in the 62 hours required for admission. These 8 credits may be courses in physical education, first-aid, or technique courses in art, music and professional fields other than nursing.

The letter grades A, B, C, S (satisfactory) and Credit indicate passing work. The letter grades D, F, and U (unsatisfactory) and No Credit indicate that the quality of work was such that, to obtain credit, the course must be repeated. Courses graded as Pass, S, or Credit in which the school awards credit for grades of D or better will not be accepted.

Application Process and Deadlines

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at the University of Kansas. One class is admitted each year for the fall semester beginning in August. The application for the Fall 2013 entering class will be available beginning in early July 2012 and closing on October 15, 2012. The deadline for receipt of ALL application materials is October 15, 2012. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

The University of Kansas School of Nursing utilizes the online Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) for applicants to our degree programs. NursingCAS charges a $45 service fee for submitting the initial application. To apply, complete the NursingCAS online application

Please note that you will need to reference your transcripts while completing the course work section of the NursingCAS application. If you do not already have access to a student copy, you should request a personal copy prior to beginning the application. Official transcripts from each institution attended must be submitted directly to NursingCAS using the transcript request form found on their website.

Transcripts should be submitted directly to NursingCAS as early as possible (at least 4-6 weeks before the application deadline) to allow time for NursingCAS to verify your application.

In addition to official transcripts, applicants to the KU School of Nursing are also required to submit three letters of recommendation directly to NursingCAS. Gather the names, titles, and email addresses of the three people from whom you wish to request references. References should be requested from people who are able to describe your potential to be successful in the nursing program and as a nurse. You should avoid asking personal friends or family members. Faculty, graduate teaching assistants, supervisors from work or volunteer experiences, or advisors/leaders from extracurricular or community activities would all be appropriate people to ask.

Within 7-14 days of your NursingCAS application being deemed complete, you will receive an email invitation from the University of Kansas with instructions on how to complete the supplemental application. The supplemental application consists of a written interview where you will have the opportunity to tell us about your background and experiences. The supplemental application includes a $60 application fee, separate from the NursingCAS processing fee.

Applicants who meet the October 15th deadline will receive a prerequisite evaluation form and a Spring/Summer Plans Enrollment Form. Prerequisite evaluations are conducted on a rolling basis. A copy of your Fall semester grades and Spring/Summer Enrollment form are due by January 15, 2013.

Admission decisions are made by the Student Admission and Progression Committee in mid-March each year.

Active duty military personnel should contact Cyndie Schudel at for inquiries regarding the application process.

All applicants for study at the University of Kansas whose native language is not English must demonstrate an established level of English language proficiency through either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the academic format of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The test must have been taken within two years of the first semester of enrollment. When submitting test scores, please submit only original scores sent directly from the testing agency. Photocopies will not be accepted. For testing purposes, the ETS school code is 6895.

Background Check Requirement

For KU programs to maintain accreditation status, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires that all persons, employees, volunteers and students involved in patient care activities to have background checks. This status is very important to healthcare organizations to demonstrate to patients and professionals that they meet the highest of standards for patient care.

This background check will be done at the applicant’s expense after provisional acceptance has been granted. The information from this report is held in confidence by the school. More information regarding background checks for students

Potential Limits to Receiving a Nursing License

There are a number of reasons that the Kansas State Board of Nursing may deny, revoke, limit or suspend a nursing license. These include fraud or deceit in practicing nursing or in procuring a license; holding a felony conviction; being incompetent; being unable to practice due to abuse of drugs or alcohol; being judged in need to a guardian; exhibiting unprofessional conduct; having violated the provisions of the Kansas Nurse Practice Act; having action taken against your nursing license in another state; and assisting in suicide.

In 1997, the Kansas Nurse Practice Act was amended to add a new provision in the felony section: no person who has been convicted of a felony against persons (as specified in Article 34, Chapter21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, prior to its repeal, or sections 36 through 64-174, 210 or 211 of chapter 136 o9f the 2010 Session Laws of Kansas and amendments thereto.) shall be licensed. In other felony or misdemeanor instances, the Board of Nursing will conduct an investigation and make an individual decision. As always, admission to and graduation from the University of Kansas School of Nursing does not guarantee eligibility to test for a nursing license in Kansas or any other state if a person’s past record includes any of the situation listed above.

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Office of Student Affairs
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3901 Rainbow Blvd. 
Kansas City, KS 66160

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