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Caring Souls

The mission of the Kansas Wesleyan University Department of Nursing Education baccalaureate program is to prepare students as professional nurse generalists by incorporating the areas of biopsychosocial, behavioral and spiritual development into the delivery of nursing education so that students may provide client-centered care, pursue graduate studies and continue lifelong learning.

Nursing Major Options 

  • B.S.N. 
  • R.N.-B.S.N.


The application to the nursing program for fall 2017 entrance will be provided on this page beginning January 1, 2017, and will be due by March 1, 2017, for priority selection. 

Why choose KWU for Nursing? Community Partnerships!

Kansas Wesleyan’s Nursing program distinguishes itself because of small class sizes, dynamic partnering opportunities with the Salina Regional Health Center, and its recent total curriculum review. Salina Regional Health Center is a Trauma III critical care facility employing nurses year round.   

A Message from Janeane M. Houchin, Interim Nursing Education Director

Thank you for your interest in the Nursing program at Kansas Wesleyan University. Since 1989, we have been educating quality nurses who are a vital part of the health care industry in the Salina, KS, region and beyond.

We are currently preparing for programmatic accreditation. Our revised curriculum, faculty qualifications and continuous improvement initiatives have been recently recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) as meeting its standards; however, our three-year pass rates on the national licensing exam (NCLEX) have prevented us from achieving accreditation from CCNE at this time. While we can’t change the past, we can effect the future, and we are confident that the new curriculum and exam preparation initiatives will effect pass rates in the future, giving us the opportunity to move forward with programmatic accreditation. 

Salina Regional Health Center fully supports our program and has committed to continuing to hire qualified KWU Nursing students because its administration believes in our program and the skills of our graduates. Voluntary programmatic accreditation (through CCNE or ACNE) is often required for students who want pursue graduate school (most of our students don’t choose this option). It is not always an employment requirement by hospitals. Salina Regional Health Center, for example, hires our graduates and relies on our program to fill jobs in our area. There is a nurse shortage in Salina, so there are immediate jobs for those who qualify as soon as they graduate and pass their licensure exam (NCLEX). We have a student success coordinator and personal coaching system in place to prepare our students for successful outcomes on the exam. 

On June 17, 2015, the Kansas State Board of Nursing voted for conditional approval of Kansas Wesleyan University's Nursing program. Follow-up reports through 2017 will be required to reflect our progress in meeting the conditions. The continuous improvement initiatives have addressed all of the conditions listed by KSBN, and a site visit has been discussed for spring 2017. Nursing programs require ongoing monitoring to maintain regulatory approval and programmatic accreditation, and we are prepared to meet the expectations of these agencies going forward.

The program is also supported by the university’s accreditation, which was reaffirmed in 2007 by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, Telephone: (800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456. 

We are invested in the continued success of the Nursing program and its graduates. Salina Regional Health Center supports our Nursing program, and recently provided $1 million to endow the Chair of the Division of Nursing. This vote of confidence shows the strength of the program and the important role it plays in the health care industry in our region.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out.

Janeane M. Houchin, MSN, RN 
Interim Director of Nursing Education

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree is on conditional approval from the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
Kansas Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612-1230
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