Kansas is always in need of nurses who are dedicated to helping patients, families, and other members in their families. Although there are currently approximately 856 registered nurses in Kentucky who have obtained their BSN degree, there is still a need for more within the state. With medical technology constantly evolving, nurses are seeking out higher education more than ever to meet the high demands of their industry. The Kansas Action Coalition has developed an Education Strategic Map. This map outlines the increase in enrollment for RN to BSN programs within the state of Kansas.

In our Kansas RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Kansas RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Kansas, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Kansas RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 21 18
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 80.85% 84.64%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 58.18% to 92.72% 65.63% to 94.94%
Average Net Price $9,633.23 $16,094.35
Average Net Price Range $4,347.00 to $19,305.00 $9,039.00 to $22,242.00
Average Student Loan $7,313.00 $16,621.22
Average Student Loan Range $4,500.00 to $13,413.00 $10,637.00 to $23,125.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in Kansas

Best Ranked RN Programs in KansasTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Kansas and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 20 ADN degree programs and 16 BSN degree programs in Kansas. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Kansas to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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91.70 ADN Manhattan Area Technical College 1 231 Manhattan

Manhattan Area Technical College is located in Manhattan, Kansas.  Their nursing program offers an LPN and an ADN program.  Their ADN program is offered twice yearly – in July and January.  Their AD program requires that its students hold an LPN license in order to enroll.

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91.37 ADN Labette Community College 2 243 Parsons Public Campus ACEN See School Details
90.60 ADN Butler Community College 3 276 El Dorado

Butler Community College is located in El Dorado, Kansas.  They offer an RN program and an LPN to RN program. They also may take online courses after graduation at Kansas University or Wichita State University in their RN to BSN programs.

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90.36 ADN Highland Community College 4 283 Highland Public Campus See School Details
88.80 ADN Johnson County Community College 5 333 Overland Park

Johnson County Community College is located in Overland Park, Kansas.  JCCC has over 46,000 student’s enrolled, making it one of the state’s largest higher education programs.  They offer an RN program and also an RN refresher program.  The RN refresher program is a non-degree program and is designed to prepare RNs who have been out of the workforce or out of the acute care setting for a while.

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88.06 ADN Dodge City Community College 6 362 Dodge City Public Campus ACEN See School Details
87.37 ADN Hesston College 7 392 Hesston Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
87.08 ADN North Central Kansas Technical College 8 404 Beloit

North Central Kansas Technical College is located in Beloit, Kansas.  They offer an LPN and an ADN program.  Their ADN program is considered full-time and is 18 months in duration.  They accept 30 RN students, once per year.

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86.32 ADN Garden City Community College 9 435 Garden City Public Campus ACEN See School Details
86.16 ADN Cloud County Community College 10 441 Concordia

Cloud County Community College is located in Concordia, Kansas.  Their nursing department offers an ADN program or a LPN program.  Their ADN program is specifically designed for LPNs who seek to become RNs; non-LPNs are not eligible for their program.

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83.27 ADN Coffeyville Community College 11 533 Coffeyville Public Campus See School Details
83.26 ADN Fort Scott Community College 12 534 Fort Scott Public Campus ACEN See School Details
81.86 ADN Seward County Community College and Area Technical School 13 565 Liberal Public Campus ACEN See School Details
80.33 ADN Neosho County Community College 14 591 Chanute Public Campus ACEN See School Details
79.77 ADN Hutchinson Community College 15 596 Hutchinson Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
72.86 ADN Kansas City Kansas Community College 16 677 Kansas City Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
70.25 ADN Barton County Community College 17 694 Great Bend Public Campus ACEN See School Details
67.10 ADN Colby Community College 18 704 Colby Public Campus ACEN See School Details
61.11 ADN Pratt Community College 19 719 Pratt Public Campus, Online See School Details
46.70 ADN Brown Mackie College-Salina 20 731 Salina Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
94.94 BSN Baker University 1 96 Baldwin City Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
94.69 BSN Newman University 2 106 Wichita

Newman University is located in Wichita, Kansas.  They offer a BSN program, an RN to BSN program and an LPN to BSN program.  They also offer a “Direct Admit Program”, which is designed to allow exceptionally high-achieving high school seniors into the BSN program.

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94.15 BSN Emporia State University 3 127 Emporia

Emporia State University is located in Emporia, Kansas.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  ESU students enjoy smaller class sizes and ample scholarship/financial aid opportunities.  Their campus also has a patient simulation laboratory.

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91.84 BSN Fort Hays State University 4 221 Hays Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
91.09 BSN Pittsburg State University 5 239 Pittsburg Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
90.74 BSN University of Kansas 6 248 Lawrence

University of Kansas is located in Lawrence, Kansas.  They have an expansive nursing program.  They offer a traditional BSN program. Their RN to BSN program is online and is designed to be flexible so that it can accommodate the needs of its students; it can be completed as quickly as one year, or students can opt to take as long as five years.

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89.85 BSN MidAmerica Nazarene University 7 274 Olathe

MidAmerica Nazarene University is located in Olathe, Kansas. They offer a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program, an RN to MSN program (and various other master’s level programs) and an accelerated BSN program.  The accelerated program allows students with previous college experience to complete the BSN program in 12 months.  In addition, MidAmerican Nazarene University is proud to boast that they have a new Virtual Patient Center, which allows its students to practice skills necessary for the RN.

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88.52 BSN University of Saint Mary 8 308 Leavenworth Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
87.19 BSN Wichita State University 9 343 Wichita Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
82.85 BSN Bethel College-North Newton 10 440 North Newton

Bethel College is located in North Newton, Kansas.  They offer a traditional BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  Bethel College also coordinates summer internships ata Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  Students also have completed internships at hospitals in Wichita, KS.

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82.63 BSN Washburn University 11 444 Topeka Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
81.10 BSN Benedictine College 12 464 Atchison Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
74.67 BSN National American University-Overland Park 13 505 Overland Park Private For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
61.11 BSN National American University-Wichita 14 534 Wichita Private For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details