The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), which is designed to prepare graduates for professional nursing practice in hospitals and other health care agencies. These graduates work in pediatric, medical/surgical, obstetrical, psychiatric or community health nursing settings. Students enter the nursing program after 2 years (62 credit hours) of preparatory work in an accredited liberal arts college.
Admission to the school is competitive. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to apply. The School of Nursing also offers a Master of Science (MS), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD).
Sample of Related Skills
- Provide patient-centered care
- Consider patients’ preferences, values, and needs within the context of their families, communities, and health care delivery system
- Use clinical evidence and reasoning to demonstrate knowledge and skills
- Identify threats to safety and develop strategies to minimize risk of harm
- Incorporate concepts of health promotion, disease, and injury prevention
- Manage patient care technologies and information management systems
- Display accountability for legal, moral and ethical considerations within current standards of professional practice
Popular Career Paths
Administration: Includes the management and coordination of nursing personnel.
Direct Service: Involves providing direct nursing services to patients in a variety of settings, including medical, pediatric, obstetrical, psychiatric or public/community health.
Education: Involves educating future nursing professionals in a higher education setting or educating the public and patients about health-related issues in community agency settings.
Research: This is a newer area within the nursing profession and primarily involves designing and evaluating patient-related and nursing practitioner-related research.
Explore More Career Paths
- Explore Health Careers - nursing careers overview
- Nursing School 411 - resource with information on nursing schools, licensure, degrees, salary, and job listings
Jobs to Consider
- Clinical Nurse
- Community Health Nurse
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Geriatric Care Specialist
- Health Educator
- Home Health Aide
- Nurse Anesthetist
- Nurse Educator
- Nurse Manager
- Nurse Midwife
- Nurse Practitioner
- Occupational Health Nurse
- Operating Room Technician
- Pediatric Nurse
- Psychiatric Nurse
- Registered Nurse
- Rehabilitation Nurse
- School Nurse
Places to Seek Employment
- Centers for Nursing Research
- Colleges and Universities
- Community Health Agencies
- Corporations/Department Stores/Factories
- Correctional Facilities
- Insurance Agencies
- International Health Organizations
- Local, State, and Federal Government Health Agencies
- Medical Centers and Clinics
- Mental Health Agencies
- Nursing Homes/Extended Care Facilities
- Outpatient Care Facilities
- Physicians'/Dentists' Offices
- Private Practice
- Public and Private Schools
- Social Service Agencies
- Surgical Clinics
- Wellness Clinics
Job and Internship Search Resources
- Allied Health Careers - job opportunities in allied health-related careers, including nursing
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing - career resources for nursing students
- Campus RN - nursing and healthcare jobs as well as nursing scholarships
- Hospital Jobs Online - comprehensive listing of healthcare jobs in hospitals across the US, including many nursing job postings
- Kansas State Nurses Association Career Center - job opportunities for nursing professionals in Kansas
- KU Center for Community Outreach - local volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas, including public health
- Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department - job opportunities with LDCHD
- National League for Nursing - nursing education jobs and career resources for students
- Nurse - job listings and career resources in nursing
- Nurse's Career Center - job listings in nursing from the American Nurses Association
- Nursing Jobs for KU Graduates - job listings resource for graduates of the KU School of Nursing program (local and national listings)
- Travel Nurse - a free career resource for nurses researching career opportunities and searching for positions.
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.