On seven different campuses in Kansas and Missouri, Baker University offers programs in education, the liberal arts, science, business, and nursing. The school, which was founded in 1858, operates campuses in Baldwin City (main campus), Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City, Missouri Overland Park, Topeka, Lawrence, and Wichita. On its campus in Topeka, Baker University offers a bachelor’s program for prospective nurses, as well as a bachelors completion program for Registered Nurses (RN). The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker University offers its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in the Stormont-Vail Healthcare facility in Topeka, Kansas. Students in the BSN program may begin in either the fall or the spring. The Baker University BSN program is an upper-division program, meaning that it only accepts students who have completed all of the prerequisite coursework and have achieved junior standing. Students who wish to enter the BSN course sequence can take the prerequisites at Baker University (all prerequisites are available on the main campus in Baldwin City) or at a different university.
The prerequisites include courses in English composition, writing, communication, humanities/fine arts, social sciences, college algebra, statistics, and science. In total, a student must earn sixty-four credits before enrolling in the upper-division BSN course sequence. This usually takes four semesters on a full-time basis. Once enrolled in the BSN course sequence, a student needs four semesters of full-time study to finish. Part-time study is not an option. Over the course of the BSN program’s four semesters, a student must earn sixty-four credits. After completing the program, he is prepared to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of this test enables him to seek work as an RN.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – LPN to BSN
A graduate of a practical nursing diploma program who is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) can receive twelve advanced placement credits in the Baker University BSN program. On the basis of her previous education, she is excused from the following courses: nutrition, developmental psychology, and foundations of therapeutic nursing interventions. She must complete the remainder of the BSN program (including all general education requirements), earning 128 credits in total, in order to earn her BSN.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Online RN to BSN
An RN who is a graduate of an associate degree nursing program or a diploma nursing program can also enroll in the upper-division BSN program. Unlike the traditional BSN students, he has the option of studying either full-time or part-time. On a full-time basis, the student can complete all the nursing coursework needed for the BSN degree in just two semesters. In addition to the two semesters of nursing coursework, the student must also complete any missing general education requirements. Depending on how many general education classes she/he is required to take, the student may need longer than two semesters to earn their BSN degree.
618 Eighth Street,
Baldwin City, KS 66006
Baker University School of Nursing,
Pozez Education Center, Second Floor,
1505 SW Eighth Avenue,
Topeka, KS 66606