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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

Core Curriculum Prerequisites

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment.

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • English composition I
  • English composition II
  • Speech or Interpersonal Communication
  • 1 Humanities course (ex. Philosophy, History, Literature, etc.)
  • General Psychology
  • General Sociology
  • Child or Human Development
  • Non-Western Culture Course (or Cultural Anthropology)

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology w/lab
  • General Microbiology with Lab
  • Nutrition
  • College Algebra
  • Statistics

Additional elective courses*

A total of 60 semester credit hours of non-nursing, liberal arts credit are required.

* 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

Application to the program is open at all times. Students can start the program at any semester. The following are criteria for admission to the program:

  • College scholastic achievement
  • Interest in and commitment to nursing
  • Health-related work/ volunteer experiences
  • 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.

Application and Deadlines

To have an application considered for admission, all parts of the application (including transcripts and references) must be submitted by the deadline appropriate for your anticipated start date. The following deadlines should be observed: October 1 for spring semester admission; March 1 for summer session admission; June 1 for fall semester admission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

KU 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, please 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 (including the University of Kansas if applicable) must be submitted to NursingCAS using the NursingCAS transcript request form found on their website. Transcripts should be submitted 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 professional or academic. 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 references.

Within 7-10 days of your NursingCAS application being deemed complete, applicants will receive an email 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 the individual's background and experiences. The supplemental application includes a $60 application fee, separate from the NursingCAS processing fee.

Applications are not complete and will not be considered until both the NursingCAS application and the KU supplemental application have been completed. Again, please apply early to ensure that the entire application is complete prior to the deadline.

Admission decisions are made by the Student Admission and Progression Committee prior to the beginning of each semester.

All applicants for study at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) 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 to KUMC, 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


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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