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 ProgramsADNBSN
Number of Nursing Programs2118
Average NCLEX Passing Rate80.85%84.64%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range58.18% 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 ADNManhattan Area Technical College1231 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 ADNLabette Community College2243 ParsonsPublicCampusACENSee School Details
90.60 ADNButler Community College3276 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 ADNHighland Community College4283 HighlandPublicCampusSee School Details
88.80 ADNJohnson County Community College5333 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 ADNDodge City Community College6362 Dodge CityPublicCampusACENSee School Details
87.37 ADNHesston College7392 HesstonPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details
87.08 ADNNorth Central Kansas Technical College8404 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 ADNGarden City Community College9435 Garden CityPublicCampusACENSee School Details
86.16 ADNCloud County Community College10441 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 ADNCoffeyville Community College11533 CoffeyvillePublicCampusSee School Details
83.26 ADNFort Scott Community College12534 Fort ScottPublicCampusACENSee School Details
81.86 ADNSeward County Community College and Area Technical School13565 LiberalPublicCampusACENSee School Details
80.33 ADNNeosho County Community College14591 ChanutePublicCampusACENSee School Details
79.77 ADNHutchinson Community College15596 HutchinsonPublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
72.86 ADNKansas City Kansas Community College16677 Kansas CityPublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
70.25 ADNBarton County Community College17694 Great BendPublicCampusACENSee School Details
67.10 ADNColby Community College18704 ColbyPublicCampusACENSee School Details
61.11 ADNPratt Community College19719 PrattPublicCampus, OnlineSee School Details
46.70 ADNBrown Mackie College-Salina20731 SalinaPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
94.94 BSNBaker University196 Baldwin CityPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
94.69 BSNNewman University2106 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 BSNEmporia State University3127 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 BSNFort Hays State University4221 HaysPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
91.09 BSNPittsburg State University5239 PittsburgPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
90.74 BSNUniversity of Kansas6248 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 BSNMidAmerica Nazarene University7274 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 BSNUniversity of Saint Mary8308 LeavenworthPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
87.19 BSNWichita State University9343 WichitaPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
82.85 BSNBethel College-North Newton10440 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 BSNWashburn University11444 TopekaPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
81.10 BSNBenedictine College12464 AtchisonPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details
74.67 BSNNational American University-Overland Park13505 Overland ParkPrivate For-ProfitCampus, OnlineSee School Details
61.11 BSNNational American University-Wichita14534 WichitaPrivate For-ProfitCampus, OnlineSee School Details