Nursing Education & Health Science
The mission of the Division of Nursing Education and Health Sciences, which includes the Department of Nursing Education and the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, is to offer baccalaureate degrees in their disciplines. The Division seeks to develop professionals who are prepared to serve the diverse global community to support health, wellness, and fitness while growing professionally and engaging in life-long learning.
The baccalaureate degree program with a major in nursing at Kansas Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
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Department of Nursing
The Department of Nursing Education offers a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing degree upon successful completion of its four-year professional nursing program. The graduate of this program is eligible to take the licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse. The Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing degree is considered the entry level for professional nursing and serves as a foundation for career development and for graduate education in nursing.
The DEI vision for Kansas Wesleyan is to promote a diverse culture of equity, inclusion, integrity, and collaboration that deepens understanding and embraces intercultural and global experiences for students, faculty and staff.
The Department of Nursing Education
The mission, philosophy and outcomes of the DNE incorporates concepts of diversity, equity and inclusiveness. The DNE prepares nursing students to foster social responsibility, practice cultural sensitivity, promote biopsychosocial spiritual health and collaborate with communities in diverse settings. Furthermore, the DNE practices equitable and inclusive admission and hiring practices.
Updated September 2023
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities!
KWU has a special, significant scholarship for transfer, non-activity Nursing students! For the junior cohort classes from Spring ’23 through Fall ’24 (to include Fall ’23 and Spring ’24), junior transfer students who qualify for admission and enter KWU with a 3.5 GPA or better are guaranteed $30,000 of institutional aid for the year! Have a 3.25 GPA and want a new place to learn? You are assured of $25,000! Have a 3.0 GPA? You are guaranteed $23,000!
Please note that students are allowed to live off campus.
Recipients are not eligible to receive aid for participation in fine arts or intercollegiate athletics, and must meet admissions standards to both KWU and the Nursing program. Maintenance of particular standards may also be required.
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To learn more about opportunities for transfers in the Nursing program, please call (785) 833-4456 or email [email protected].
Department of Sport & Exercise Science
The Department of Sport and Exercise Science (SPES) provides a hands-on approach to prepare graduates for positions in professional and university athletic programs, community sports organizations, private and public fitness, recreation programs, as well as health and physical education.
Sport & Exercise Science Major Options
- Exercise Science – with a concentration in: Fitness & Wellness, Personal Training
- Health and Physical Education (PreK-12)
- Sports Management
- Health Science (Pre-Professional Program Options include: Pre-Athletic Training and Pre-Physical Therapy)
“Kansas Wesleyan’s Nursing program always provided me with relevant, applicable education, whether it was through the simulation suite, lectures or conversations with professors. It’s allowed me to be successful in the beginning of my Nursing career. Working in critical care, I’ve had the opportunity to use what they have taught me, not only to help patients but ultimately to save lives.”
In the Classroom and in the Field
Students gain hands-on experience in a wide variety of clinical practice sites, such as Salina Regional Health Center, Presbyterian Manor, medical offices, and throughout the school districts.
Scholarships and Employment
The Salina community and surrounding areas continue to benefit from an agreement between KWU and Salina Regional Health Center that was developed to expand opportunities for KWU student nurses by providing additional financial support for their education and then employ many of our graduates once they receive their Registered Nurse license.
Salina Regional Health Foundation has given its vote of confidence in the KWU Nursing degree by providing a $1,000,000 gift to the Kansas Wesleyan University Foundation to establish the Salina Regional Health Center Chair in Nursing Education.
Nursing Success Coordinator
As Kansas Wesleyan’s Nursing Success Coordinator, Jerri Zweygardt, M.S.N., R.N., offers support to nursing faculty by providing the tools and techniques to enhance courses. She focuses on improving student success by working with the faculty to build an exceptional and exemplary nursing curriculum.
Nursing Education Center
The Kansas Wesleyan University Nursing Education Center opened for classes Jan. 12, 2021 and was formally dedicated in a virtual ceremony Feb. 19 of that year. The building — KWU’s first new, on-campus facility dedicated entirely to academics in more than 50 years — was the culmination of a true community effort. Salina Regional Health Center and its foundation provided the initial impetus for the project by gifting both the building itself and a financial element. Many others invested in the future of Nursing Education in central Kansas by supporting this project.