MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU), a small liberal arts college affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, is situated just outside Kansas City, in Olathe. The school has another campus in Liberty, Missouri, which focuses on graduate education. The school, which was founded in 1966, enrolls less than 2000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.
MNU offers degrees and certificates in business, science, mathematics, religion, humanities, health sciences, fine arts, education, behavioral sciences, and nursing. The nursing programs, which are administered by the School of Nursing and Health Science, are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
MNU offers a traditional, four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Students have two options for enrolling in the program. They can apply to the university, spend their first two years completing prerequisites and introductory nursing courses, and apply in their second year for admittance to the BSN program starting in the fall of their third year. Alternatively, highly qualified high school seniors can apply for expedited admission, which will guarantee them places in the BSN program in the fall of their junior year. Students in the traditional BSN program take five introductory nursing courses in their first two years, but the majority of the nursing coursework is concentrated in the last two years of the program. After completing the program requirements, a graduate may sit for the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN
A Registered Nurse (RN) who wants to earn a full BSN degree can complete MNU’s highly flexible RN to BSN program. MNU offers this program in on its campus in Olathe, as well as in Ottawa, Kansas and Liberty, Missouri. Classes are also offered online. RNs can enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis. On a full-time basis, they can expect to complete the program in one year. The program begins in the spring, fall, and summer. Students must plan on committing one evening per week to classroom instruction if they enroll in the program in Olathe, Ottawa, or Liberty; if they opt for the online track of the RN to BSN program they can complete coursework at any time.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Accelerated
The Accelerated BSN program is open to three different kinds of students: a student who already holds a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT) who has earned at least sixty-four credits from a college, or a student who has already earned at least ninety credits from another school. As part of their previous coursework, incoming students must have completed the following prerequisites: human growth and development, intermediate algebra, English composition, public speaking, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, statistics, ethics, and at least eight credits of other science classes. The program begins each January; students earn their BSN degree and graduate in the following December. They are then eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.
Master of Science in Nursing
MNU’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is open to RNs who have a full BSN degree. It is offered on the main campus in Olathe as well as in Liberty, Missouri, and online. The program begins in the fall and the spring. The MSN program is designed to accommodate work schedules, so classes are offered only one day a week. Studying on a full-time basis, an RN can complete an MSN degree from MNU in just one year. The program requires thirty-six credits in total. This includes core graduate nursing courses, and courses in one of two areas of focus. MNU offers the following two degree tracks within its MSN program:
The Nursing Education track of the MSN program prepares graduates to train future nurses, both in classroom and clinical settings. It requires twelve credits of classes in the nursing education area of focus.
The Nursing Administration track also requires twelve credits, in addition to the core graduate nursing courses. A student on this track will gain the skills she needs to function as an administrative leader in her healthcare facility.
MidAmerica Nazarene University
2030 E. College Way,
Olathe, KS 66062