Kansas is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), meaning a Kansas nursing license is valid only within the state. Despite this fact, Kansas offers many opportunities for nurses, especially with state hospitals currently experiencing staffing shortages; many of which are below mandated staffing requirements, compromising the safety and level of care patients receive.
Kansas offers competitive salaries to nurses, with the most jobs in Topeka, Kansas City, Wichita and Lawrence. Salaries start at $23,000 annually for nursing assistants, and rise to $39,000 annually for licensed practical/vocational nurses. Registered nurses earn $56,000 annually and nurse practitioners top the list at $82,000 annually.
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RN-to-BSN Programs in Kansas
We have compiled a comprehensive listing of Kansas’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.
Emporia State University
$ 192 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 1200 Commercial |
Emporia, KS 66801
Fort Hays State University
$ 149 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 600 Park St |
Hays, KS 67601
Kansas Wesleyan University
$ 25,200 per year
Contact Admissions Department: 1-785-827-5541
| ||School Website||Online|| 100 E. Claflin Ave. |
Salina, KS 67401-6196
MidAmerica Nazarene University
$ 425 per hour online
$ 400 per hour on campus
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 2030 E College Way |
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
$ 831 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 3100 McCormick Ave |
Wichita, KS 67213-2097
$ 490 per credit hour
Two Weeks Prior to Program Start Date
| ||School Website||Online|| 1001 South Cedar |
Ottawa, KS 66067-3399
Pittsburg State University
$ 3,115 per semester
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 1701 S Broadway |
Pittsburg, KS 66762
$ 446 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 100 College Street |
Winfield, KS 67156-6224
$ 367 per credit hour
Call Education Consulting Office: 1-800-546-8616
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 400 S Jefferson |
Hillsboro, KS 67063-1799
University of Kansas
$ 294 per credit hour
Fall Semester: October 1
| ||School Website||Online|| Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230 |
Lawrence, KS 66045
University of Saint Mary
$ 294 resident
$ 761 nonresident
All Semesters: March 15
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 4100 S 4th St Trafficway |
Leavenworth, KS 66048-5082
$ 273 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 1700 SW College Avenue |
Topeka, KS 66621-0001
Wichita State University
$ 196 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 1845 N. Fairmount |
Wichita, KS 67260
Please contact the RN to BSN program in Kansas that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Kansas that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!
State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths
The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Kansas has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Kansas is actively progressing on this front.
- Practice & Care
- Interprofessional Care
What is being done to increase the number of Kansas RN’s with a BSN?
Kansas nursing education programs have agreed to the Kansas Statewide Nursing Articulation Plan, which promotes seamless progression from ASN to BSN degrees.
Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?
What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?
The coalition developed the Regional Leadership Partners database to identify potential leaders across the state and inform them of opportunities.
Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?
Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?
Yes. The AC recently submitted an op-ed to raise support for a greater range APRN care areas.
Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?
No specific plans announced.
How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?
No specific plans announced.
What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?
The AC recently completed a survey of 7,000 Kansas nurses and is working to ensure collection of educational data upon nurses’ licensure.
University of Kansas School of Nursing
Mary Carol Pomatto
School of Nursing, Pittsburg State University
Wichita State University
Source: Campaign for Action
For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Kansas Action Coalition page.
Nursing Employment Outlook
Nursing Supply and Demand Projections
What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities
Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.
Landon State Office Building
900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 1051, Topeka, KS 66612
1109 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 233-8638
Fax: (785) 233-5222