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School of Nursing  :  Academic Programs

About Careers in Nursing and Academic Opportunities at KU

KU offers an exciting array of degree and certificate programs in nursing at the region's premiere academic health center, the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Nurses care for individuals who are healthy and ill, of all ages and cultural backgrounds, and who have physical, emotional and psychological needs.

Nurses comprise the largest single component of hospital staff and currently hold the largest number of jobs in the complex heath care environment. As the backbone of patient care, nurses are the primary providers of hospital patient care and deliver most of the nation's long-term care.

About Nursing Careers

  • Nursing is the nation's largest health care profession with more than 2.5 million registered nurses (RNs) nationwide.
  • Nurses work in a variety of positions including direct patient care and case management with oppor­tunities to work with people from all walks of life.
  • With over 50 specialities in which RNs can become certified, nurses deliver care in a wide range of settings.
  • Nurses work in businesses, medical offices, medical clinics, armed forces, private homes and public agencies in all forms of clinical practice.
  • Job growth for RNs is expected to climb as much as 23 percent through 2016 compared to an aver­age of 14 percent for all occupations.

Career Paths

  • Clinical Nurses - Provide scientific, psychological and technological care and
    knowledge to patients and their families.
  • Advanced Practice Nurses - Provide primary care and specialized nursing services to patients. Includes clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nurse-midwives.
  • Educators - Utilize educational methods to present current information to students in patient care settings at universities and colleges. Includes clinical instructors and university professors.
  • Administrators - Coordinate the use of human, financial and technological resources to provide patient care.
  • Researchers - Use research methods to discover or establish facts, principles and relationships.

Nursing Education

Today's registered nurses have an array of options for education. Students interested in nursing as a career can choose from a number of educational paths.

  • Associate Degree in Nursing - is a two-year associates degree offered through community colleges.
  • Diploma Programs - are three-year certificate-training programs receiving hospital certification.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - is a four-year degree from a university. The BSN program level develops the clinical and critical thinking skills that many employers demand.
  • Master's Degree in nursing - is offered after completion of a BSN. After a BSN, some students elect to earn a master's in clinical nursing, nurse practitioner, midwifery, nursing administrator, or nurse anesthesiology.
  • Doctoral Degree in Nursing - can be pursued after completion of the bachelor of science and/or master's degrees. These degree programs prepare graduates for faculty, administrative, advanced clinical and research positions.

Nursing Careers and Education: Helpful Links

Alliance for Nursing Informatics

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

American Nurses Association

Kansas State Board of Nursing

National League for Nursing

National Student Nurses' Association

Nurse Academy
Opportunity for high school students in the greater Kansas City area to explore nursing as a career.


Ethical Practices in Recruitment and Admissions

The University of Kansas School of Nursing adheres to ethical standards of honesty, truthfulness and clearness in recruitment, admissions and advertising.   These activities are undertaken with a sense of social responsibility toward the potential student and toward the profession of nursing.  The School of Nursing adheres to the Statement of Professional Ethics and Practice of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

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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