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Admission to the School of Nursing

Students enter the nursing program after 2 years (62 semester credit hours) of preparatory work in an accredited liberal arts college. Students must meet the first- and second-year requirements of the colleges they attend to ensure that they attain general educational objectives. Admission to the school is competitive. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 is required to apply.

Students who are already licensed as registered nurses may apply for admission to the RN–B.S.N. or RN–M.S. program. Applicants must have earned an associate’s degree in nursing and have completed the 62 credit hours of preparatory work in the liberal arts and sciences. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 is required to apply for the RN–B.S.N. program, and a minimum 3.0 average is required to apply for the RN–M.S. program.

Prenursing Advising

A prenursing adviser is available by appointment one day each week during the fall and spring semesters in the University Advising Center, 126 Strong Hall, on the Lawrence campus. This adviser can help the student select courses, can assist in the admission process, and can give information about the nursing profession. Please call 785-864-2834 for an appointment in Lawrence. Call 913-588-1619 for an appointment in Kansas City. Students interested in the RN–B.S.N. program may call 913-588-1619 for an appointment with an adviser.

Admission Procedure

All basic B.S.N. application materials must be received by October 15 of the year before beginning work in the School of Nursing. Under certain circumstances, late applications may be accepted. Please see the prenursing adviser for details.

RN–B.S.N. and RN–M.S. students must submit applications by June 1 for fall semester, October 1 for spring semester, and March 1 for summer session.

Applications are available on the School of Nursing website.

Criteria for Admission

The University of Kansas School of Nursing offers an educational program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The school endeavors to meet 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. The committee also looks for applicants who will contribute academic, nonacademic, and socioeconomic diversity to the class. The committee is interested in evidence of capacity for mature and independent scholarship. Regardless of the applicant’s race, creed, color, age, disability, sex, or national origin, the committee considers the quality of work in all areas, the breadth of education, achievement on advanced projects, or work experience that demonstrates the applicant’s responsibility, initiative, and ability to complete the curriculum successfully.

In making the decision, the committee examines the following areas:

  • College scholastic achievement.
  • Interest in and commitment to nursing.
  • References.
  • Extracurricular activities.
  • Personal characteristics.
  • Health-related work/volunteer experience.

Prenursing Preparation

General Prenursing Requirements

Within the 62 hours required for admission to the school, the following must be included:


Courses in English composition and literature, oral communication, and humanities are required.

Social Sciences

Courses in general sociology or anthropology, general psychology, and theories of child development are required.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Courses in general chemistry, microbiology, biology or zoology, and human anatomy are required. These courses must include laboratory experience. Courses in college algebra, statistics, physiology, and nutrition also are required but do not require a laboratory.


Electives can be chosen according to the student’s particular interests or needs. Examples of such elective areas of study are foreign language, philosophy, literature, creative writing, history, oral communication, physics, mathematics, political science, biological sciences, and economics.

A maximum of 8 non-liberal-arts credit hours can be accepted in the 62 credit hours required for admission. These 8 credit hours may be in physical education courses, activity courses, first-aid courses, health education courses, applied courses, and technique courses in art, music, and professional fields other than nursing.

KU Prenursing Requirements

Students who enroll for their first 2 years of preparatory study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU should fulfill the following general preparatory requirements:

English (6 hours). ENGL 101 or exemption, and ENGL 102 or ENGL 105 are required. Other English courses are encouraged as electives.

Oral Communication (3 hours). 1 of the following courses is required: COMS 130, COMS 150, COMS 230, or exemption.

Foreign Language. Foreign language is not required but may be taken as an elective.

Mathematics (3 hours). MATH 101, college algebra, or higher or exemption from MATH 101 is required. MATH 365 Elementary Statistics or PSYC 210 Statistics in Psychological Research is also required.

Western Civilization. Western civilization is not required but may be taken as an elective.

Natural Sciences (25-27 hours)

BIOL 100 Principles of Biology (3) and
BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Laboratory (1) or  
BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (4) 4
BIOL 200 Basic Microbiology 3
BIOL 203 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 2
BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy 3
BIOL 241 Human Anatomy Observation Laboratory (2) or  
BIOL 242 Human Anatomy Dissection Laboratory (3) 2-3
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology 3
CHEM 125 College Chemistry (5) or  
CHEM 184 Foundations of Chemistry I (5) (for students with strong high school science and mathematics backgrounds) 5
HSES 330 Principles of Nutrition and Health (3) or  
ANTH 542 Biology of Human Nutrition (4) 3-4

Social Sciences (9-10 hours)

PSYC 104 General Psychology 3
SOC 104 Elements of Sociology (3) or  
SOC 110 The American People (3) or  
SOC 130 Comparative Societies (3) or  
SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values (3) or  
ANTH 100 General Anthropology (3-4) or  
ANTH 108 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3-4) or  
ANTH 160 The Varieties of Human Experience (3) 3-4
ABSC 160 Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3) or  
PSYC 333 Child Development (3) 3

Humanities (3 hours)

1 course designated H in this catalog 3

Statistics (3 hours)

PSYC 210 Statistics in Psychological Research (3) or  
BIOL 570 Introduction to Biostatistics (3) or  
MATH 365 Elementary Statistics (3) 3