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School of Nursing  :  Academic Programs   :  Undergraduate  :  RN-to-BSN  :  Eligibility and Admissions

Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Eligibility and Admissions


The first 60 credits are core curriculum prerequisite liberal arts and science courses. There is no expiration date on academic credit, and you have the option of completing all 60 credit hours of these courses at the regionally accredited community college or university of your choice. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission.

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment.

  • English Composition I & II
  • Humanities elective course
  • Speech
  • General Psychology
  • General Sociology
  • Child/Human Development
  • Non-western culture course
  • General Chemistry w/ lab
  • Microbiology w/ lab
  • Anatomy w/ lab
  • Physiology (or combined A&P)
  • College Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Human Nutrition

Additional elective courses*


The courses above do not total 60 semester credits, which means that you are given the opportunity to take any transferable liberal arts courses you choose in order to meet the required total number of hours. Examples of acceptable elective areas of study are foreign language, philosophy, literature, history, oral communication, physics, mathematics, political science, western civilization, economics and biological sciences. A maximum of eight non-liberal arts credits will be accepted in the 60 hours required for admission. These eight non-liberal arts credits may be in physical education courses, applied courses, and technique courses in art, music, and other professional fields.

Criteria for Admission

The following are criteria for admission to the program:

  • College scholastic achievement
  • Interest in and commitment to nursing
  • Health-related work/ volunteer experiences
  • NLNAC Accredited Nursing Degree
  • Current RN licensure
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Personal characteristics
  • References

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, the KU Medical Center 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.

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


The University of Kansas School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs through June 30, 2023.  An autonomous arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to accredit undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing. CCNE may be contacted at: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036-1120. ( 202) 887-6791.

Questions? Contact Us!

The University of Kansas School of Nursing
Office of Student Affairs
Mail Stop 2029
3901 Rainbow Blvd. 
Kansas City, KS 66160

toll-free: 1-888-588-1619
TTY 711

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