Careers & KU Majors: School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), which is designed to prepare graduates for professional nursing practice in hospitals and other health care agencies. These graduates work in pediatric, medical/surgical, obstetrical, psychiatric or community health nursing settings. Students enter the nursing program after 2 years (62 credit hours) of preparatory work in an accredited liberal arts college.  Admission to the school is competitive.  A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to apply.

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Administration: Includes the management and coordination of nursing personnel.

Direct Service: Involves providing direct nursing services to patients in a variety of settings, including medical, pediatric, obstetrical, psychiatric or public/community health.

Education: Involves educating future nursing professionals in a higher education setting or educating the public and patients about health-related issues in community agency settings.

Research: This is a newer area within the nursing profession and primarily involves designing and evaluating patient-related and nursing practitioner-related research.

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Employer categories:

  • Centers for Nursing Research
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Health Agencies
  • Corporations/Department Stores/Factories
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Agencies
  • International Health Organizations
  • Local, State, and Federal Government Health Agencies
  • Medical Centers and Clinics
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Military
  • Nursing Homes/Extended Care Facilities
  • Outpatient Care Facilities
  • Physicians'/Dentists' Offices
  • Private Practice
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Surgical Clinics
  • Wellness Clinics
  1. Consider earning a master's degree if you are interested in pursuing advanced practice areas of nursing, including: clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, and administration. Consider earning a doctoral degree if you are interested in pursuing research or teaching at a university.
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Consider joining a professional organization related to nursing, such as the Kansas State Nurses Association, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  7. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing an advanced degree in Nursing.
  8. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as:  Pre-Nursing Club, Association of Undergraduate Students in Nursing, Hawks for Health, or a student organization at the KU Medical Center campus.

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