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Salina offers a 50:50 mix of specialty-to-primary care physicians, and its hospital is a major referral center for patients and critical access hospitals from a wide geographic region.

Students in Salina will discover a vibrant and active medical community. More than 120 physicians practice all specialties at the Salina Regional Health Center (SRHC), a 390-bed regional hospital. There, School of Medicine students receive training and observation. School of Nursing students also benefit from the guidance of experienced nurses during clinical observation experience.

Salina has a vibrant downtown, with a variety of local shops, restaurants and businesses and community events throughout the year. Photo by Tanner Colvin.
Overhead structures bring art deco style to Santa Fe Avenue in Downtown Salina. Photo by Tanner Colvin.
A historic community along the Smoky Hill River, Salina has grown into a commercial and cultural hub for the region. Photo by Tanner Colvin.
Home to around 47,000 residents, Salina offers affordable living along with family-friendly attractions and amenities. Photo by Tanner Colvin.

School of Medicine

The Salina campus admits eight students each year, making it the smallest four-year medical education site in the country. Serving as a model for the future of rural medicine education, Salina's educational environment is both high-tech and intimate. 

During their third and fourth years, medical students complete required and elective clinical clerkships. These clerkships are located at SRHC, local physician offices and at other hospitals and physician offices in the region.

Salina is also home to a strong family medicine residency program, the Smoky Hill Family Residency Program, which is associated with a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) medical-home practice.

Meet Our Salina Medicine Faculty & Staff

School of Nursing

Nursing students come to Salina for their last two years of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program after successful completion of two years in an accredited college or university. Again, numbers are kept low to foster a deep sense of community. 

Meet our Salina Nursing Faculty & Staff

About Salina

The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce said it best about our city, located at the crossroads of two major interstates (I-70 and I-135): "Salina is an affordable place to live featuring low cost transportation and quality health care. Salina has become a regional employment, retail, medical and hospitality hub for North Central and Central Kansas."

Here's a few other bragging points about our city, courtesy of the Chamber:

  • A growing skilled workforce
  • Low crime rates
  • Impressive school test scores
  • Varied attractions and events 

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