Welcome to our website, which is our communication link to current and future students, alumnae, faculty and our community. Our accredited bachelor, masters and doctoral programs, enhanced by our metropolitan setting, fully prepares graduates for nursing practice in a variety of settings and growth in their career. Our academic programs are both traditional and non-traditional, giving students a variety of ways to earn a degree in nursing.
Our faculty are dedicated and distinguished educators and researchers, with a mission to improve the health of the community by inspiring change in health care through innovation and excellence in nursing education, scholarship, practice, and service.
There has never been a better time to pursue a career in nursing!
- Registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation with 3.1 million jobs in the US.
- Employment of nurses is expected to grow by 26%, much faster than the average of all occupations.
- Nurses with a bachelor’s degree are more sought after than nurses without one.
- A landmark report on The Future of Nursing, called for increasing the number of baccalaureate prepared nurses in the workforce to 80% by 2020.
- A study titled Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation, calls all RNs to earn a master’s degree within 10 years of initial licensure.
- There is a growing shortage of health care providers. More Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)s are needed to improve access to care by providing safe, cost-effective, and quality health care especially in rural and underserved areas.
How we can help...
We have several options for our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to help you pursue your nursing career: a) the traditional BSN program prepares students for entry-level professional nursing positions in a variety of health care settings and provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing; b) The Early Admission BSN option is a benefit given to high school students who start their college career at Wichita State University and c) The Accelerated BSN program helps students become qualified nurses in less than two years.
Want to advance your career?
Our RN-BSN Completion Program is designed for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing to complete a BSN online option and allows you to take courses any time or any place with the aid of a computer and Internet access. Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares graduates to work as nurse educators or in leadership/administration. The post baccaluareate to Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares graduates to practice as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Family Nurse Practitioners, Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, or Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners). Our post master's to Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares APRNs who are currently practicing to excel as clinical leaders and scholars in the nursing field.
The School of Nursing has been accredited since 1973. Currently, the baccalaureate, master’s and DNP programs at WSU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The School of Nursing mission is to improve the health of the community by inspiring change in health care through innovation and excellence in nursing education, scholarship, practice, and service.
Vision: INSPIRE INNOVATE EXCEL
The School of Nursing will:
- Exemplify lifelong learning
- Expand interprofessional education (IPE) activities
- Exemplify and model professional and advanced practice nursing roles
- Engage in intellectual and rigorous pursuit of knowledge through scholarship, teaching, practice, or service
- Model evidence based professional care
- Support national expectations for competent nursing graduates
- Partner with the community to improve overall health
- Educate students to meet the diverse and global health needs of society