Careers & KU Majors: School of Nursing

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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. The School of Nursing also offers a Master of Science (MS), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD). 

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Sample of Related Skills

  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Consider patients’ preferences, values, and needs within the context of their families, communities, and health care delivery system
  • Use clinical evidence and reasoning to demonstrate knowledge and skills
  • Identify threats to safety and develop strategies to minimize risk of harm
  • Incorporate concepts of health promotion, disease, and injury prevention
  • Manage patient care technologies and information management systems
  • Display accountability for legal, moral and ethical considerations within current standards of professional practice 

Popular Career Paths

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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Jobs to Consider

Clinical Nurse

Community Health Nurse

Family Nurse Practitioner

Geriatric Care Specialist

Health Educator

Home Health Aide

Nurse Anesthetist

Nurse Educator

Nurse Manager

Nurse Midwife

Nurse Practitioner

Occupational Health Nurse

Operating Room Technician


Pediatric Nurse

Psychiatric Nurse

Registered Nurse

Rehabilitation Nurse


School Nurse


Places to Seek Employment

Centers for Nursing Research

Colleges and Universities

Community Health Agencies

Corporations/Department Stores/Factories

Correctional Facilities


Insurance Agencies

International Health Organizations

Local, State, and Federal Government Health Agencies

Medical Centers and Clinics

Mental Health Agencies


Nursing Homes/Extended Care Facilities

Outpatient Care Facilities

Physicians'/Dentists' Offices

Private Practice

Public and Private Schools

Social Service Agencies

Surgical Clinics

Wellness Clinics


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Employment Strategies

  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 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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