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Nursing Training: Top College for Becoming a Nurse - Wichita, KS

Students interested in studying nursing in Wichita, KS, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about a top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

Most of the schools based in Wichita that offer nursing degree programs are for-profit institutions. Based on ranking, student population and school type, the following university is considered a top school for nursing programs in Wichita:

  • Winner: Wichita State University is the only public and largest institution in Wichita to offer studies in nursing. The school also awards the highest number of degrees in nursing when compared to other schools in the city. Students can earn a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing or a doctorate in nursing practice.

School Info Chart

Category Wichita State University
Ranking #127 Best Graduate Nursing Programs (2015)*
Location Wichita, Kansas
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $6,926 (in state); $14,960 (out-of-state)**
Nursing Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral
Nursing Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 218**
Most Popular Nursing Degree in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (183 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 46%**
Noteworthy Second-largest nursing school in Kansas***; School of Nursing accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***Wichita State University

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Wichita State University

  • Online coursework available in the RN-to-BSN program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates pursue advanced practice nursing certification
  • School of Nursing partners with more than 100 health care agencies in the Wichita area

Wichita State University is a public, 4-year university enrolling more than 14,000 students each year. The School of Nursing is part of the School of Health Care Professions. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

Before being admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, students must complete prerequisite courses including sociology, developmental psychology, medical terminology, nutrition, pharmacology and microbiology. Professional courses in the nursing program include health assessment, adult nursing, newborn nursing, mental health nursing and clinical leadership. Advanced topics may cover pharmacology and bioethics.

Students who have already earned an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from an approved school and who are currently registered nurses in Kansas are eligible for the RN-to-BSN completion program. These students will be given academic credit for courses they took while earning the ADN. To accommodate nursing professionals, these courses may be taken online.

RNs who hold a bachelor's degree can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing and specialize in either nursing education or nursing leadership and administration. Wichita State's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is available to RNs who hold either a bachelor's or a master's degree. The post-bachelor's DNP program prepares students for advanced practice licensure as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist. Applicants must choose a specialization, such as adult/gerontological clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner or adult/gerontological acute care nurse practitioner.

Applicants to the post-master's DNP program must already be certified advanced practice nurses. Many courses in the curriculum are available online.

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