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If you aspire to become a nurse, the fastest way to launch your career is to pursue an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) at a community college or technical school. Usually, associate's degrees take two years to complete for full-time students. Alternatively, many schools also have part-time programs and offer night classes. Although this approach takes longer to complete, taking classes part-time is an excellent option if you are working to put yourself through school. Tuition at community colleges is usually less expensive than at four-year universities. Additionally, because associate's degree programs are shorter than bachelor's degree programs, the overall costs are significantly lower, making this approach more accessible to students concerned about finances.

All associate’s degree programs are similar in many respects, but they can differ in their culture, focus, and approach to teaching the material. Most of Kansas’ ADN programs focus on intensive preparation for registered nursing and the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. However, the state also features a handful of associate’s degree programs that provide thorough exposure to licensed practical nursing in preparation for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination.

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There are 26,940 RNs employed in Kansas, and they earn an average of $55,800 annually. In addition, the state is home to 6,590 LPNs earning an average annual salary of $37,800. With those employment numbers, you should have no trouble finding work within the state once you have the proper education and training.

Get started on your path to becoming an RN or LPN by referencing the below list of Kansas schools with associate's degrees in nursing.

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Kansas City

Johnson County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Johnson County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.7% 2008 to 2012
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.2% 2008 to 2012

Wichita

Hesston College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Butler Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Hesston College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.3% 2008 to 2012
Butler Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.7% 2008 to 2012

Other Kansas cities

Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Manhattan Area Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Central Kansas Technical College - Hays
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Highland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Labette Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Neosho County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Garden City Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hutchinson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
Cloud County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Fort Scott Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Pratt Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Barton County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Colby Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Dodge City Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Coffeyville Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 64.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2012
Manhattan Area Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2008 to 2012
North Central Kansas Technical College - Hays
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2008 to 2012
Highland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2011 to 2012
Labette Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.0% 2008 to 2012
Neosho County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.6% 2008 to 2012
Garden City Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2008 to 2012
Hutchinson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.1% 2009 to 2018
Cloud County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.3% 2008 to 2012
Fort Scott Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.5% 2008 to 2012
Pratt Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.4% 2008 to 2012
Barton County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.8% 2008 to 2012
Colby Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.8% 2008 to 2012
Dodge City Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.2% 2008 to 2012
Coffeyville Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 64.7% 2012 to 2012