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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions


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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I want to specialize in one area of nursing. How do I do that?

At the baccalaureate level, all students are exposed to a variety of nursing areas: critical care, pediatrics, psychiatric and community health, to name a few. During the spring semester of their senior year, KU nursing students spend the majority of their time in a profes­sional practicum, gaining additional and more specific experience in a single area prior to graduation.

Many specialty areas, such as Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, and Midwife, are graduate level programs. Students who complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing can apply to the Master of Science in nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice program for further study.

How long does the program at the KU School of Nursing take?

The BSN program is designed to be completed in four semesters.

What are my options beyond the BSN?

There are so many different areas that a person with a BSN can enter! A registered nurse can work in a hospital setting, in the commu­nity, the home health care area, or in an industrial setting, just to name a few. There really are endless possibilities.
After the BSN some students elect to enroll in graduate nursing programs for further, specialized education. Some of the areas KU offers graduate work include: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwife, Nursing Leadership, Nurse Researcher and Nurse Anesthetist. (The Nurse Anesthesia program is offered through the School of Allied Health.) Students can pursue a MS or DNP in these areas or may choose to pursue a PhD to gain additional preparation for faculty, administrative and research careers.

What is the difference between a two-year (associate's) and a four-year (bachelor's) degree in nursing?

A person who wishes to become a Registered Nurse (RN) can attain that goal in a couple of different ways. They can go to a baccalaure­ate program (BSN), like the one at KU, or they can attend a two-year program and graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Upon completion of either the BSN or ADN, the student can then sit for the Registered Nurse exam. After successful completion of the exam, a person is licensed as a RN.

The big difference between the two degrees, other than length, is that the BSN goes into more detail in the nursing courses - a student gets more variety and exposure to different arenas within the health care field. Although there are similarities between the prerequisite courses a student must complete for both degree programs, a BSN student has a broader social and biological science background and a wider variety of clinical lab experiences. It is important to remember that ADN programs vary from institution to institution. Interested students should contact the college of their choice to get additional information.

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

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