Emporia State University Nursing School Review

When it was founded in 1863, Emporia State University’s mission was to train teachers for the state of Kansas. Teacher training has remained a major area of emphasis, both at the undergraduate and the graduate level, for the school, although it has expanded into a variety of other fields. Students at Emporia State University (ESU) can pursue a number of pre-professional degrees, as well as degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and nursing.

ESU offers a bachelor’s program for prospective nurses, with two different advancement tracks for nurses who wish to continue their education. The program has accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approval from the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). ESU’s BSN graduates have a high rate of success with this test; the first time pass rate is well over 90 percent. In order to prepare for this test, and for their careers as Registered Nurses (RN), students must earn 128 credits in total. This takes four years of full-time study. The first year is devoted to ESU’s general education requirements and nursing prerequisites; the last three years focus on nursing coursework and clinical rotations. In total, a student must earn sixty credits of nursing coursework, and sixty-eight credits of non-nursing coursework.

Admission to the nursing program is competitive, as ESU only accepts forty-four students each year. Generally, a student enrolls at Emporia State University, Newman Division of Nursing (ESU NDN) as a pre-nursing student, and applies for admission to the BSN program in the second semester of her first year. However, ESU does offer a guaranteed admission option for highly qualified high school seniors. If accepted, these students can secure their spot in the nursing class. Students who enter via the guaranteed admission option do not begin the nursing courses earlier; they still have to complete a year of prerequisites before beginning the nursing courses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – BSN Degree Completion for RNs (RN to BSN Program)

Each year, ESU accepts up to ten RNs into its BSN program. In order to graduate, an RN must complete 128 credits. This includes fifty-eight nursing credits and seventy non-nursing credits. Of the non-nursing credits, at least sixty-three must be complete before the RN enrolls in the BSN degree completion program for RNs. The RN will receive up to twenty-eight advanced placement credits for his previous nursing coursework. So in order to complete the RN to BSN program, he must earn an additional thirty nursing credits and seven non-nursing credits.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – BSN Degree Completion for LPNs (LPN to BSN Program)

Like the students on the traditional BSN degree path, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) must earn sixty nursing credits and sixty-eight non-nursing credits in order to earn the BSN degree. If she applies through the BSN degree completion option for LPNs, she must complete at least thirty non-nursing credits before beginning the nursing courses. She will receive five advanced placement credits for nursing coursework, allowing her to place out of two lower-level nursing courses. She will need three years of full-time study to complete the remainder of the nursing coursework and general education requirements.

Emporia State University
1200 Commercial Street,
Emporia, KS 66801

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