Wichita State and Kansas State Pathway to Nursing Program

This unique dual degree program will give students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) from the College of Health Professions at Wichita State University.

Upon completion of the program, graduates earn two bachelor’s degrees; one from each institution. Students will spend the first three years in the College of Health and Human Sciences, and earn a BS degree from K-State. Students will then submit an application for WSU’s Traditional BSN program. Accepted students will spend the next two years in the Traditional BSN program, and earn a BSN degree from WSU. Both degree programs will be based in Manhattan, Kansas.

K-State College of Health and Human Sciences

There are many career possibilities that start with a bachelor's degree in a health and human science field. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Health and Human Sciences at K-State.

WSU Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program

The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Wichita State prepares students for entry-level professional nursing positions in a variety of healthcare settings and provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing. Learn more about the BSN program at Wichita State.  

Pathway to Nursing Program Application Process

application process

Dual Degree Program Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the cost of tuition?

This information can be found on the Tuition and Fees web page. 

When will WSU's Traditional BSN program begin on the K-State Manhattan campus?

The Kansas State Board of Nursing has granted approval for WSU to begin accepting students to its Traditional BSN program in fall semester 2021.

What are the advantages of the WSU/K-State nursing program?

This dual degree program gives students the opportunity to earn two degrees from two prestigious universities in approximately five years.

Who is eligible to apply for this program?

This program is available to any student who meets the requirements to be admitted to K-State. Students will apply to K-State and declare a major within the College of Health and Human Sciences, as well as declaring pre-nursing. Students accepted into the K-State College of Health and Human Sciences will be eligible to apply to the WSU Traditional BSN program. Please visit the K-State College of Health and Human Sciences website for application information. Please visit the WSU School of Nursing website for information about the Traditional BSN program.

How long will it take to complete WSU’s Traditional BSN program offered on the K-State Manhattan campus?

This program is set up as a dual degree program. Students will begin freshman coursework in programs offered by K-State for the first three years of the program. Students will be advised regarding K-State coursework that will apply to the requirements for the Traditional BSN program at WSU, and will submit an application for acceptance to WSUs Traditional BSN program. The Traditional BSN program at WSU is a two year program, and there is a competitive application process. After successful completion of all degree requirements, WSU will grant your degree for the Traditional BSN program and K-State will grant your degree for the College of Health and Human Sciences K-State degree. Please visit the WSU School of Nursing’s website for more information on degree prerequisites and degree requirements for the Traditional BSN program. 

What are the requirements for acceptance to WSU's Traditional BSN program on the K-State Manhattan campus?

The program requirements will be the same as the requirements for students enrolled on WSU's main campus in Wichita, Kansas. Please visit the WSU School of Nursing website for information on the Traditional BSN program and Graduate programs.

Will all clinical rotations and courses be in Manhattan?

All courses will be on the K-State campus in Manhattan, Kansas. Clinical rotations will be held at various clinical sites across the state of Kansas.

What prerequisite courses do I need to apply for the nursing program?

Please visit the WSU Traditional BSN Program website to learn more about required prerequisite courses.

Is there a separate application for this program?

All students applying to the WSU Traditional BSN program will complete the same application. Please visit the WSU Traditional BSN Program website to learn more.

How many students will be admitted into the program?

20 students will be admitted into the program each semester.

How many admit periods or cycles are there?

There are two Program Entry Points for the Traditional BSN Program: Spring and Fall. Application deadlines are February 1 for fall entry and September 1 for spring entry.

What does the coursework look like for just the nursing classes?

Please visit the WSU Traditional BSN Program website to learn more about coursework.

Once students complete the K-State degree requirements is admission to the traditional BSN program at WSU guaranteed?

No, admission to the traditional BSN program at WSU is not guaranteed. All students will apply to the traditional BSN program and admission is competitive. Please visit the WSU Traditional BSN Program website to learn more.

If I am part of the WSU/K-State nursing program, will I be able to apply to other nursing schools?

Students enrolled in the K-State College of Health and Human Sciences can apply to any nursing school.

I am a registered nurse with an Associate’s Degree. Will I be able to complete my BSN degree at WSU’s Traditional BSN program on the K-State campus?

If a student already has their RN license and holds an Associate’s Degree, the program that would fit their interest is WSU’s RN-BSN completion program. The RN-BSN program is completely online and can be completed in three semesters as a full-time student.

I already have a BA in Psychology. Will the Accelerated BSN program be available through WSU’s BSN program at K-State’s Manhattan campus?

WSU's Traditional BSN program will be offered at K-State’s Manhattan campus. The Accelerated (ABSN) program is offered on WSU’s main campus in Wichita, Kansas. Please visit WSU’s School of Nursing website for information about the Accelerated BSN program, Traditional BSN program and Graduate programs.