RN to BSN in Kansas

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.

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

Application Deadlines

May 1st

  • The RN to BSN program requires 126 credit hours to complete.
  • Access to a nursing library and off-site training at area hospitals and clinics are available to students.
Campus and Online 1200 Commercial
Emporia, KS 66801

Fort Hays State University

$ 149 per credit hour

Application Deadlines


  • RN to BSN Program is offered exclusively online.
  • Other programs offered include a BSN program, a MS in Nursing program and several post-graduate certificate programs.
  • Paid summer internships are available at Hays Medical Center.
Online 600 Park St
Hays, KS 67601

Kansas Wesleyan University

$ 25,200 per year

Application Deadlines

Contact Admissions Department: 1-785-827-5541

  • BSN program requires 126 credit hours to complete.
  • Opportunities to gain practical experience at Salina Regional Health Center are available.
Online 100 E. Claflin Ave.
Salina, KS 67401-6196

MidAmerica Nazarene University

$ 425 per hour online
$ 400 per hour on campus

Application Deadlines


  • RN to BSN can be completed either on campus or online.
  • The school also offers a traditional BSN program, graduate nursing programs, certificate programs and additional degree completion programs.
  • Opportunities are available for practical experience at the school’s new state-of-the-art Virtual Patient Center.
Campus and Online 2030 E College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899

Newman University

$ 831 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions

  • RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
  • RN to BSN program requires 124 credit hours.
  • The school also offers a traditional BSN degree program.
Campus and Online 3100 McCormick Ave
Wichita, KS 67213-2097

Ottawa University

$ 490 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Two Weeks Prior to Program Start Date

  • The program requires 124 hours to complete.
  • In-person attendance is not required at any time.
  • The program is offered six different times during the calendar year.
Online 1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, KS 66067-3399

Pittsburg State University

$ 3,115 per semester

Application Deadlines


  • The traditional BSN Program requires 124-138 credit hours.
  • MS and post-graduate curricula are offered.
  • An on-campus Health Simulation Center/Learning Resource Center is available.
Hybrid 1701 S Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Southwestern College

$ 446 per credit hour
  • The online RN to BSN program is the only nursing curriculum offered at this school.
  • The program requires 124 total credit hours to complete.
  • Transfer credits are accepted at the discretion of the admissions department.
Online 100 College Street
Winfield, KS 67156-6224

Tabor College

$ 367 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Call Education Consulting Office: 1-800-546-8616

  • RN to BSN program can be completed on campus or online.
  • The program requires 124 credit hours to complete.
  • Students can design non-traditional clinical capstone projects.
Campus and Online 400 S Jefferson
Hillsboro, KS 67063-1799

University of Kansas

$ 294 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: October 1

  • The traditional BSN program requires 124 credit hours.
  • Graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in nursing are also offered.
Online Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230
Lawrence, KS 66045

University of Saint Mary

$ 294 resident
$ 761 nonresident

Application Deadlines

All Semesters: March 15

  • Online MSN programs are offered.
  • Accelerated BSN degree plan offered to students with previous, unrelated bachelor’s degrees.
Campus and Online 4100 S 4th St Trafficway
Leavenworth, KS 66048-5082

Washburn University

$ 273 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: September 1 - November 1
  • Spring Semester: March 1 - May 1
  • LPN to BSN program, graduate and certificate programs are also offered.
  • Transfer credits are accepted from some local community colleges.
Online 1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621-0001

Wichita State University

$ 196 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: June 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Students may transfer up to 25 credits.
  • Graduate nursing programs are also offered.
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.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

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.

Practice & Care

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.

Interprofessional Care

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.

Contact Info

Cynthia Teel

Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
University of Kansas School of Nursing

Mary Carol Pomatto

School of Nursing, Pittsburg State University

Betty Smith-Campbell

Chair and Professor
Wichita State University

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Kansas Action Coalition page.

Kansas Licensing

Kansas is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A Kansas nursing license is only valid within the state. For licensing information, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Human Services.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: " The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information