Newman University Nursing School Review
Newman University (NU), which was originally called Sacred Heart Junior College when it was founded in 1933, educates students on its main campus in Wichita, as well as at outreach centers in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Independence, Parsons, Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Hutchinson, Liberal, Pratt, Ulysses, Scott City, Sharon, and Syracuse, Kansas.
NU offers a variety of programs, for both undergraduate and graduate students, including programs in nursing. NU has a bachelor’s program in nursing, with special tracks for nurses who want to complete a bachelor’s degree, as well as a master’s program in nursing. All programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Kansas Board of Nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Students can begin the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) coursework after earning at least sixty credits and fulfilling almost all of the university’s general education requirements. Typically, this takes two years, studying on a full-time basis. NU accepts thirty-two students into the BSN program each fall and each spring; these students must earn eighty-seven credits in order to complete the degree. This requires another two years of full-time study. There is a clinical component in each semester of the BSN program. After graduating from NU’s BSN program, a student can take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – LPN to BSN
After completing a practical nursing diploma or certificate program, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) can complete her BSN through NU’s LPN to BSN program. This requires four semesters of full-time study, but before she can begin, she must complete the following prerequisites: anatomy, microbiology, physiology, nutrition, chemistry, oral communication, college writing I and II, college algebra, general psychology, developmental psychology, and applied statistics. Once enrolled in the nursing program, she will receive advanced placement credits which allow her to skip three introductory nursing courses (including the first clinical rotation). In the first semester, she will complete a two-credit LPN to BSN bridge course, after which she can complete the remainder of the BSN program along with the traditional BSN students. At the conclusion of four semesters, she can take the NCLEX-RN and become a Registered Nurse (RN).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN
NU’s RN to BSN program is designed for adult learners who are working. All the courses are offered online, in order to accommodate varying work schedules and to allow students to move through the course material at their own pace. In accordance with the Kansas Nursing Articulation Plan, RNs in the RN to BSN program can receive thirty-three advanced placement credits, which allow them to skip the lower-level nursing courses. They need to complete an additional thirty-three credits of nursing coursework at NU, in addition to any missing general education requirements.
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
NU offers the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program in several different sites: on the main campus in Wichita; on the campus in Oklahoma City; in Garden City, Kansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Joplin, Missouri. None of these sites offer online classes; students must attend class in person. The program is intense, requiring sixty credit hours in total. This takes twenty-four months of full-time study to complete. NU’s MSNA program has additional accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
Wichita, KS 67213