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KU School of Nursing History and Facts


For more than a century, the University of Kansas School of Nursing has been dedicated to preparing students for the challenges that await them upon graduation. The first class to complete their nursing education at KU was comprised of just four young women. Today, the School has a diverse student body of more than 700 men and women.

Founded as the Department of Nursing in 1906, the KU School of Nursing has exemplified its responsiveness to health care needs through its innovative education, nationally recognized research initiatives and professional activities. Located on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas, the KU School of Nursing offers baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees as well as statewide continuing education programs.

The baccalaureate program, established in 1929, enrolls approximately 300 students. Registered nurses can complete a Bachelor of Science degree or enroll in an accelerated program leading to a master's degree. The School offers graduate programs leading to a Master of Science degree in nursing in the Leadership Major: organizational leadership, healthcare informatics, public health nursing and clinical research management.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program was established in 1983 to meet the demand for nursing researchers to study relevant clinical problems. It encourages leadership and prepares nurse scientists for university faculty positions, work in research and leadership roles in clinical settings, professional organizations and government agencies.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice, established in 2008, prepares advanced practice nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The DNP offers sophisticated, cutting-edge experiences that help nurses actively engage in a complex, dynamic, and demanding health care field. Skills in collaboration, innovation and evaluation, complemented by advanced practice nursing skills, will prepare nurses to shape the future of health care. Such advanced practice nurses will be prepared to provide patient-centered care that is evidence-based, contribute to the development of evidence-based practice, and pursue leadership roles in a variety of health care and educational settings.