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Our graduates are prepared with classroom, clinical and laboratory experiences to form their broad understanding of professional nursing. KU grads are ready to work in hospitals, community health agencies, industrial or long-term care facilities, as geriatric nurses, ICU nurses, traveling nurses or flight nurses.

Nursing Licensure

The BSN program prepares students for RN licensure. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is the examination for nursing practice in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The exam does not vary across states. Graduates apply for licensure and complete the NCLEX through the Board of Nursing in the State where they plan to practice. Some states belong to the Nurse Licensure Compact which allows graduates to apply for multi-state licensure. For information on individual state's requirements go to the National Councils of State Boards of Nursing website.

The University of Kansas Medical Center's pass rate for the NCLEX is available on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses Program Summary - All First Time Registered Nurse Candidates Educated in Kansas through December 31, 2023 PDF.

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education requires professional nursing programs to provide information on how their curriculum meets education requirements for professional licensing in each state. View Licensure information.

Semesters of training
Hours of clinical and laboratory experiences
KU graduated its first class of nurses more than 110 years ago

Learn about our Academic Societies

As a student in our BSN program, you'll be assigned an academic society that will help you strengthen relationships and gain access to professional development opportunities.
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KU School of Nursing

KU School of Nursing
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mail Stop 2029
Kansas City, KS 66160
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