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Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Stroup Hall 120B
Phone: 785-628-4256
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Undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)Program

Licensure in Kansas
Admission Criteria
Tentative Curriculum Plan
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Traditional On Campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

Nursing is a rewarding career with many exciting career tracks - Emergency Room, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Intensive Care are just a few of the exciting opportunities you will have as a registered nurse.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at FHSU is exceptional:

  • Our Spring 2016 and Fall 2017 NCLEX pass was 100%.
  • The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing at FHSU is accredited by the Committee on Collegiate Nursing Education (
  • We are also state-approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
  • We have an amazing team of faculty who stay current with the skills and knowledge to best prepare students for success.

Our faculty/mentors are caring and focused on your success. Students get one-on-one advice and support as they prepare for admission and work throughout the program.

You'll work on the latest equipment so you'll be prepared to take on the challenges of whatever career track you choose. In addition, the simulation center has a simulated hospital setting including exam rooms, computerized manikins, computerized charting, surgical scrub area, a nurses' station, and patient units.

Becoming a Nursing Major

If you currently attend Fort Hays State University and you would like Nursing to be your major, please contact Lesley Ostrom in Stroup Hall at (785) 628-4327. Lesley will be happy to meet with you and give you an advisor who will help to plan your future. Your advisor will help you to fit your needs into the semester schedules.

If you are a prospective or transfer student and wish to take a tour of the department and meet with an advisor, please contact the Admission Office at (785) 628-5666. We would love to meet with you and see how we can meet your needs.

The traditional on campus BSN program at Fort Hays State University is 4 consecutive semesters. You are only allowed to apply for admission into the BSN program once you have completed your prerequisites. This is usually in the last semester of your sophomore year.

Licensure in Kansas

Please be advised that nursing licenses may be denied or disciplined by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN). Possible grounds for action may occur if you have been convicted of any felony or crimes against person that involves an illegal drug offense or a felony conviction for a crime against persons if the KSBN determines that you have not been rehabilitated sufficiently to warrant the public trust. All criminal history must be revealed to and will be evaluated by the KSBN before licensure is granted or denied. The KSBN may also stipulate other requirements before licensure is granted, such as social security information or background checks

Admission Criteria

Students are admitted to the Department of Nursing undergraduate nursing program on a semi-annual basis. Admission is competitive. Application materials must be completed and returned to the Department of Nursing (DON) office by October 1 for admission in the spring semester and March 1 for admission in the fall semester. All students transferring courses from other colleges/universities must have an official transcript from each institution sent to the Department of Nursing before being considered for admission. If you have successfully completed all pre-requisite courses (or will the semester applying), you are ready to apply to the nursing program.

After the deadline, the Department of Nursing will review applications and conduct interviews for the BSN program. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have submitted all forms and documentation by the application due date.  The admission process review includes a faculty interview, onsite written essay, and review of the KNAT subscores (1st attempt).

Prior to admission into the undergraduate nursing program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Complete and submit the Department of Nursing Undergraduate Nursing application form.
  2. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Earn a grade of "C" or above in all required prerequisite courses;
  4. Earn a passing score of 69 on the Kaplan Nurse Admission Test (KNAT) (limit of two attempts). A third attempt is allowed at least one year from the date of the second attempt.  No additional attempts after the third attempt.
  5. Hold a current American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers CPR certificate.

Once admitted to the nursing program:

  1. Applicants who have been selected for admission into the program will receive an official letter of acceptance, which must be notarized and returned to the Department of Nursing in order to reserve a position in the program.
  2. Prior to beginning the practica component in the nursing courses, students must submit to a criminal background check through a Department of Nursing approved agency. They must also maintain nursing liability insurance and personal health insurance. Certification in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association (AHA) is required. An annual TB skin test, a yearly physical exam, and certain immunizations also are required.
  3. Within 30 days after acceptance into the nursing program, a clear background check and drug screen (completed with FHSU approved company) will be required to enroll in nursing courses.

Progression Policies within the Undergraduate Nursing Program

  1. Throughout the nursing program, students must maintain current nursing liability insurance and personal health insurance. In addition, certification in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the American Heart Association, an annual TB skin test, yearly physical exam and certain immunizations also are required.
  2. Throughout the nursing program, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 with a "C" or better in each nursing course. Failure to do so may lead to academic probation or dismissal from the nursing program.
  3. Students found to be under the influence of habit-forming drugs and/or alcohol during the program of study may be subject to immediate dismissal from the Department of Nursing.
  4. LPNs complete the courses with junior and senior level content and practice, along with traditional students, using the same clinical laboratories and clinical supervision.

Application Form (attachment)

Application Checklist (attachment)

Tentative Curriculum Plan

Before an applicant can be considered for selection to the nursing program, he/she must have successfully completed the courses listed in bold and marked with a pound sign (#).

Freshman Year
Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • # CHEM 112 General Chemistry I
  • # CHEM 112L General Chemistry I Lab
  • # ENG 101 English Composition I
  • BIOL 100 Human Biology
  • BIOL 102 Lab Experiences in Biology
  • # MATH 110 College Algebra
  • #IDS 101 Freshman Seminar
  • #NURS 103 Introduction to Nursing
  • # PSY 100 General Psychology

Spring Semester (21 credit hours)

  • # TEEL 231 Human Growth & Development
  • # ENG 102 English Composition II
  • # COMM 100 Oral Communication
  • # BIOL 230 Anatomy & Physiology
  • # BIOL 230L Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
  • # IDS 350 Diversity in the U.S.
  • # BIOL 245 Medical Terminology
  • General Education Course

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester (18 credit hours)

  • # BIOL 231 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • # BIOL 231L Anatomy & Physiology Lab II
  • HHP 200 Personal Wellness
  • MIS 101 Introduction to Computers
  • # NURS 280 Foundations of Nursing
  • # MATH 250 Elements of Statistics
  • General Education Course

Spring Semester (21 credit hours)

  • # HHP 230 Principles of Nutrition
  • # SOC 140 Introduction to Sociology
  • # BIOL 300 Human Heredity
  • # BIOL 240 Microbiology for Allied Health
  • # BIOL 240L Microbiology Lab
  • # NURS 104L Nursing Fundamentals
  • General Education Course
  • General Education Course

Junior Year
Fall Semester (12 credit hours)

  • NURS 310L Nursing Skills Lab
  • NURS 303 Health Assessment
  • NURS 303L Health Assessment Practicum
  • NURS 340 Pharmacology I
  • NURS 311 Health & Illness I
  • NURS 311L Health & Illness Practicum
  • NURS 313 Professional Development I

Spring Semester (14 credit hours)

  • NURS 322 Introduction to EB Research
  • NURS 328 Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS 328L Mental Health Nursing Practicum
  • NURS 330 Health & Illness II
  • NURS 330L Health & Illness II Practicum
  • NURS 341 Pharmacology II

Elective Courses

  • NURS 424L Acute Care Internship
  • NURS 444 International Nursing Experience

Senior Year
Fall Semester (11-14 credit hours)

  • NURS 420 Maternal/Infant
  • NURS 420L Maternal/Infant Practicum
  • NURS 422 Pediatrics
  • NURS 422L Pediatrics Practicum
  • NURS 413 Professional Development II
  • NURS 423 Concepts of Gerontology
  • IDS 400 Bioethics

Spring Semester (15 credit hours)

  • NURS 429 Community Nursing
  • NURS 429L Community Nursing Practicum
  • NURS 430 Health & Illness III
  • NURS 430L Health & Illness III Practicum
  • NURS 431 Leadership & Management
  • NURS 431L Capstone


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