Undergraduate Admission to the School of Nursing

Students enter the B.S.N. nursing program after taking 62 semester credit hours of prerequisite work in an accredited college or university. Admission to the school is competitive. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 is required to apply.

Prenursing Advising

A prenursing advisor 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 advisor 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. If you are not a current KU student, please 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 advisor in Kansas City.

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 advisor for details.

Applications are available through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) link 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. Students are selected on the basis of college scholastic achievement, interest in and commitment to nursing, references, extracurricular activities, personal characteristics, and health-related work and volunteer experience. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on creed, color, age, disability, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation.

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 and volunteer experience.

Pre-B.S.N. Preparation

Pre-B.S.N. Requirements

Within the 62 hours required for admission to the basic B.S.N. program, the following must be included:

Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses in English composition and literature, speech or interpersonal communication, general sociology, general psychology, non-Western culture, theories of child or human development, and humanities are required. Students who complete these general education requirements through the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences meet these requirements by taking the following courses:

English (6 hours)

ENGL 101 Composition (3) and 3
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing (3) or
ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English (3) or exemption

Social Sciences (9 hours)

PSYC 104 General Psychology (3) 3
SOC 104 Elements of Sociology (3) or
SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values (3)
ABSC 160 Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3) or
PSYC 333 Child Development (3)

Humanities (3 hours)

1 course designated H in this catalog (view principal course list)

Oral Communication (3 hours)

COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication (3) or
COMS 150 Personal Communication (3) or exemption

Non-Western Culture (3-4 hours)

ANTH 108 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3-4) or
1 course designated NW in this catalog (view non-Western culture course list)

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.

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)
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)
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)
HSES 330 Principles of Nutrition and Health (3) or
ANTH 542 Biology of Human Nutrition (4)

Mathematics and Statistics (6 hours)

MATH 101 Algebra (3) or exemption and 3
PSYC 210 Statistics in Psychological Research (3) or
MATH 365 Elementary Statistics (3)


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, Western civilization, 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.

Contact Info

School of Nursing

KU Medical Center, G020 School of Nursing Building
Mail Stop 2029, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Debra J. Ford, Associate Dean, Student Affairs

School of Nursing

KU Medical Center, G020 School of Nursing Building
Mail Stop 2029, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Debra Ford, Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Debbie Stratton, Graduate Recruiter
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