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9th Annual Kansas RN Program Rankings by RNCareers.org

To 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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Best ADN Programs in Kansas

#1 Associate Degree in Nursing

Labette Community College

96.17% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 200 S 14th, Parsons, KS - 67357-4201
  • (620) 421-6700
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.17%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 34
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,488
  • Book and Supplies: $1,050
  • Percent Received Aid: 94%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,120
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

Labette Community College (LCC) is an educational institution in Parsons, Kansas, and is accredited by the Higher Learner Commission. This college believes in educational equity, and non-discrimination, hence all students are admitted regardless of religion, gender and sexual identity, race and national origin, age, etc.

Its nursing programs, established in 1968, received accreditations from the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing This 66-credit, bi-level, step-out-program is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to transition into becoming Registered Nurses (RN). Hence, it offers career mobility. The student has two options: either take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing-Practical Nursing exam (NCLEX-PN), by opting out of the RN program; or matriculate through it and be eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing-Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The former involves successful completion of Level I wherein the student will be conferred a Practical Nurse Certificate. The latter option needs successful completion of Levels I and II in order to be awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.

Pre-BSN Associate in Science This 60-credit program is tailored to articulate RN graduates of LCC to the RN-to-BSN completion program of Kansas University (KU) School of Nursing. Hence, this program is designed from the formal agreement of KU and LCC. After program graduation, students are ready to transfer to their desired university and pursue their Baccalaureate degree in Nursing. For students who want to continue RN-to-BSN studies in universities other than KU, they should follow the General Studies degree plan in order for different curriculum plans to be accommodated.  

#2 Associate Degree in Nursing

Manhattan Area Technical College

94.28% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3136 Dickens Ave, Manhattan, KS - 66503-2499
  • (785) 587-2800
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.28%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 23
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,800
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 83%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,548
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 41%

Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC) is an educational institution in Manhattan, Kansas. Established in 1976 by the Kansas State Board of Education, this college is now hailed as “the best education at the lowest price” in Kansas for three years in a row.

MATC offers various programs in healthcare. Its practical nursing program is ranked the third best in the state, and the school itself was recognized as 2021 best nursing school in Kansas. Among the programs offered are:

Associate Degree Nursing Program This 62-credit program serves as a bridge for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to become Registered Nurses (RNs). This MATC associate degree program consists of coursework and clinical practice, aligned with the Kansas Board of Regents curriculum, and is accredited by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

To be admitted, students must: complete the required prerequisites, have at most 10-credit hours from a PN certificate program, and own a Windows-based device. Program graduates can take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Practical Nursing Program Designed to prepare students for their role as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), this 46-credit program applies the Kansas Practical Nursing Core Curriculum. Hence, students will undergo a blend of classroom and clinical experiences, and the 46-credit hours consist of 14 prerequisites and 32 technical specialty courses.

Aside from eligibility to take the National Council Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) upon program graduation, this also acts as the first level for those students who would like to continue nursing education.

 

#3 Associate Degree in Nursing

Johnson County Community College

92.57% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS - 66210-1299
  • (913) 469-8500
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.57%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 345
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,256
  • Book and Supplies: $5,352
  • Percent Received Aid: 66%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,808
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 26%

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.

#4 Associate Degree in Nursing

Barton County Community College

91.74% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, KS - 67530
  • (620) 792-2701
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.74%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 55
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,552
  • Book and Supplies: $4,544
  • Percent Received Aid: 86%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,567
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 39%

#5 Associate Degree in Nursing

Dodge City Community College

91.67% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2501 N 14th Ave, Dodge City, KS - 67801-2399
  • (620) 225-1321
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.67%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 40
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,330
  • Book and Supplies: $4,830
  • Percent Received Aid: 97%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,991
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 33%

Dodge City Community College (DC3) is a student-centered educational institution founded in 1935. This college situated in Dodge City, is accredited by both the Kansas Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission. Among the programs offered in its Allied Health department are:

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree This two-year degree allows for a certification option as a practical nurse after the first year.  The curriculum is a blend of theory and applicant in various clinical settings, with the clinical experiences done on week-ends. For those who hold a PN license with a practical experience of one year, they may apply for the program and complete the last two semesters. Graduates who successfully complete the program may take the licensure exam. Moreover, this program received approval and accreditation from the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), respectively.

Para-Professional Nursing This involves short-term courses and training in order to prepare students for employment in various clinical and healthcare settings as well as for the state certification exams. For high school students seeking program admission, they need to have a permission from their high school. However, for 18+ years old applicants, a high school diploma or GED is no longer required prior to program admission. Successful completion of this program allows students to find employment as a Geriatric Nurse Aide, (CAN), Nursing Home Medication Aide (CMA), Nurse Aide, Home Health Aide and Activity Director.

#6 Associate Degree in Nursing

Coffeyville Community College

91.11% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 400 W 11th St, Coffeyville, KS - 67337-5064
  • (620) 251-7700
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.11%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 46
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,040
  • Book and Supplies: $1,100
  • Percent Received Aid: 99%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,735
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 41%

Established in 1923, Coffeyville Community College (CCC), named after its location, Coffeyville, Kansas, is a comprehensive post-secondary learning institution. This college is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Majority of its classes are offered online through the distance learning program.  91% of CCC’s total credit hours are taught by full-time faculty. In terms of employment, CCC’s LPN and RN graduates have a 100% job placement rate.

Practical Nursing (PN) program This one-year certificate program aims to prepare students for entry level nursing positions in a variety of healthcare settings. To be admitted, candidates must possess a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) certificate. Program graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN Examination. They may also pursue education in a Registered Nurse associate degree program.

Registered Nurse (RN) program This program is focused towards the Registered Nurse curriculum completion.  Program requirement includes any of the following: A Kansas LPN or Paramedic license or a Kansas-recognized multi-state LPN license. For students from out-of-state they may need to complete additional coursework in order to meet the standard curriculum requirements of Kansas.

Graduates of this two-year program will be conferred an Associate of Applied Science degree with eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN Examination. It also provides them an option to pursue or transfer to BSN programs. For those who would like the latter option, CCC has agreements with various 4-year colleges and universities where students can continue their BSN education.

#7 Associate Degree in Nursing

Cloud County Community College

89.27% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2221 Campus Dr, Concordia, KS - 66901-1002
  • (785) 243-1435
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.27%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 36
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,180
  • Book and Supplies: $3,570
  • Percent Received Aid: 86%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,379
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 47%

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.

#8 Associate Degree in Nursing

Butler County Community College

88.93% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 901 S Haverhill Rd, El Dorado, KS - 67042-3280
  • (316) 321-2222
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.93%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 141
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,561
  • Book and Supplies: $5,976
  • Percent Received Aid: 87%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,041
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

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.

#9 Associate Degree in Nursing

North Central Kansas Technical College-Hays

87.39% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3033 US Highway 24, Beloit, KS - 67420
  • (785) 738-2276
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.39%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 55
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,300
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 97%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,557
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 67%

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.

Best BSN Programs in Kansas

#1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Benedictine College

Department of Nursing

94.43% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1020 N 2nd St, Atchison, KS - 66002-1499
  • (913) 367-5340
Nurse Admin: Jackie P Harris, DNP APRN, GNP-BC
Title: Director of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.43%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 115
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,200
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $19,858
  • Percent Admitted: 97%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 24%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%

#2 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fort Hays State University

Department of Nursing

92.78% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 600 Park St, Hays, KS - 67601-4099
  • (785) 628-4000
Nurse Admin: Jenny Manry, DNP, RN, APRN, FNP
Title: Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.78%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 371
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,430
  • Book and Supplies: $1,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 96%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,896
  • Percent Admitted: 91%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 52%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%

#3 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Baker University

School of Nursing

92.05% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 615 Dearborn Street, Baldwin City, KS - 66006-0065
  • (785) 594-6451
Nurse Admin: Elizabeth Rosen, PhD, RN, IBCLC
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.05%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 76
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,200
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $17,871
  • Percent Admitted: 93%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 29%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%

#4 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bethel College-North Newton

Department of Nursing

90.40% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 300 E 27th St, North Newton, KS - 67117-1716
  • (316) 283-2500
Nurse Admin: Becky Bartell, MSN RN CNE
Title: Director & Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.40%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 36
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $700
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $20,184
  • Percent Admitted: 61%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 24%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%

#5 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hesston College

Department of Nursing

89.78% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 301 South Main, Hesston, KS - 67062-2093
  • (620) 327-4221
Nurse Admin: Gregg Schroeder, MSN, APRN-CNS
Title: Director of Nursing Education
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.78%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 31
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,400
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $18,145
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 63%

#6 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Saint Mary

Division of Nursing

88.43% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 4100 S 4th St, Leavenworth, KS - 66048-5082
  • (913) 682-5151
Nurse Admin: Karen R. Kidder DNP, RN, CNE
Title: Interim Chair, Division of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.43%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 73
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,550
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $18,791
  • Percent Admitted: 60%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 24%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%

#7 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Kansas Medical Center

Entry-to-Practice Nurse Residency Program

88.21% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, KS - 66045
  • (785) 864-2700
Nurse Admin: Rachel Pepper, DNR RN, NEA-BC
Title: Chief Nursing Officer
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.21%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, CNL, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, BSN to DNP, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 3254
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $11,166
  • Book and Supplies: $1,224
  • Percent Received Aid: 85%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $9,825
  • Percent Admitted: 91%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 28%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%

#8 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Pittsburg State University

Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing

87.58% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1701 S Broadway, Pittsburg, KS - 66762
  • (620) 231-7000
Nurse Admin: Cheryl Giefer, PhD, APRN
Title: Professor and Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.58%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 277
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $7,744
  • Book and Supplies: $1,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 94%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,608
  • Percent Admitted: 91%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 44%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%

About RN Programs in Kansas

  • There are 42 nursing schools in Kansas. The CCNE accredits 16 nursing schools and the ACEN accredits 21 schools in Kansas.
  • Typically, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will take between 18 to 24 months to complete, and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) will take about 4 years to complete.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for ADN students in Kansas is between 56.84% and 96.17%.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for BSN students in Kansas is between 66.79% and 94.43%.
  • The average annual salary for registered nurses is between $52,080 to $111,220 a year.
  • Registered Nurses (RN) throughout the country and in Kansas can expect a favorable job growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 which much faster than the average for all occupations.

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.

RN Programs Offered by Kansas Schools

  • Registered Nursing: 38
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 4
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 3
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • CNL: 2
  • Administration, Research or Clinical Nursing: 1
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 1

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Kansas RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 21 19
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 82.67% 84.84%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 56.84% to 96.17% 66.79% to 94.43%

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