The first 60 credits are core curriculum prerequisite liberal arts and science courses. There is no expiration date on academic credit, and you have the option of completing all 60 credit hours of these courses at the regionally accredited community college or university of your choice. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission.
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment.
Additional elective courses*
The courses above do not total 60 semester credits, which means that you are given the opportunity to take any transferable liberal arts courses you choose in order to meet the required total number of hours. Examples of acceptable elective areas of study are foreign language, philosophy, literature, history, oral communication, physics, mathematics, political science, western civilization, economics and biological sciences. A maximum of eight non-liberal arts credits will be accepted in the 60 hours required for admission. These eight non-liberal arts credits may be in physical education courses, applied courses, and technique courses in art, music, and other professional fields.
Criteria for Admission
The following are criteria for admission to the program:
The KU School of Nursing endeavors to fulfill its responsibilities to the changing needs of society by selecting applicants who, in the judgment of the Student Admission and Progression Committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, maturity, integrity and motivation necessary for the successful study and practice of nursing, and who will best meet the needs of the citizenry. In addition, the Committee looks for applicants who will contribute academic, non-academic, and socioeconomic diversity to the class. The Committee is interested in evidence of capacity for mature and independent scholarship. One of the important missions of a university is to help all individuals realize their potential. To this end, the KU Medical Center commits itself to:
Background Check Requirement
For KU programs to maintain accreditation status, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires that all persons, employees, volunteers and students involved in patient care activities to have background checks. This status is very important to healthcare organizations to demonstrate to patients and professionals that they meet the highest of standards for patient care.
This background check will be done at the applicant's expense after provisional acceptance has been granted. The information from this report is held in confidence by the school. More information regarding background checks for students
The KU School of Nursing's baccalaureate, master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-887-6791. This organization is a nationally recognized professional accrediting body for collegiate nursing programs.
The baccalaureate, master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are also approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1051, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1230; 785-296-4929.
The Nurse Midwifery Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, 8403 Colesville R., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD, 20910, 240-485-1800, FAX: 240-485-1818.
The University of Kansas is accredited by the North Central Accrediting Association through its Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org).