Since 1886, Kansas Wesleyan University (KWU) has been providing liberal arts education to students in Kansas and the neighboring states. On its campus in Salina, KWU serves just over 800 students, most of whom are undergraduates. Although the school offers graduate-level programs in business and an adult degree completion program in business, the focus is and has always been on traditional undergraduate studies.
While providing all undergraduates with a firm foundation in the liberal arts, KWU also offers undergraduate education in the sciences, computer science, health sciences, and education. For students who wish to pursue careers in the health sciences field, KWU has two options: a degree in exercise science or a degree in nursing. The nursing program, which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Before beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at KWU, a student must apply to KWU and complete all the nursing prerequisites with a minimum GPA of 2.5. The nursing prerequisites take four semesters to complete, on a full-time basis. They include eight introductory nursing credits (two classes), thirty-five credits of nursing support classes in the sciences and social sciences, and eighteen credits of liberal arts classes. Once these classes are finished, a student can apply to KWU’s nursing department for admission to the BSN program.
The BSN program begins in the fall, and takes four semesters to complete. In total, a BSN student must earn 126 credits in order to graduate. This includes sixty-five nursing credits and sixty-one non-nursing credits. After graduating from the BSN program, a student can take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). If he passes this test, he can seek work as a Registered Nurse (RN), or go on to graduate-level nursing education at a different school.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN
Like the traditional BSN students, an RN who has completed a diploma program or associate degree program must earn 126 credits in order to earn a BSN degree from KWU. However, KWU will accept thirty-eight advanced placement credits toward the entry-level nursing coursework, allowing the incoming RN to complete the BSN program in less time than the traditional BSN student. The RN only needs to complete twenty-seven credits of nursing coursework. Before she can begin this coursework, however, she needs to fulfill all of KWU’s general education requirements.
Like the traditional BSN students, she must complete sixty-one non-nursing credits as part of her BSN degree. KWU welcomes transfer credits for these general education courses, if the RN has already completed some of them at another school. So, while she can complete the nursing coursework for the BSN degree in just two semesters, the length of the program can vary depending on how many general education courses she has to take. The RN to BSN program begins each fall.
Kansas Wesleyan University
100 E. Clafin Avenue,
Salina, KS 67401