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The healthcare field is growing all across the nation, and Kansas is no exception. In Kansas, there are approximately 19,000 nursing assistants, 6,500 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), 27,000 registered nurses (RNs), and 3,000 nurse practitioners, midwives, and anesthetists. You can join their ranks by completing a nursing program for one of these positions.

Nursing programs vary widely in cost, duration, and rigor. It generally takes two months to become a nursing assistant, a year to a year and a half to become an LPN, and either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree to become an RN. There are usually nursing assistant and LPN programs available at community colleges, where you can also pursue an associate’s degree to become an RN. The primary advantage of community colleges is that they are more affordable than traditional universities, and it is generally easier to gain admission.

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Public and private universities focus on four-year bachelor’s degrees toward becoming an RN. Public universities are usually more affordable than private universities and tend to be larger, but private universities offer more prestige and smaller classes. The choice between these options is often based on finances and personal preference.

It is important to consider that employers tend to favor more educated candidates for their open positions. Therefore, if you want to become an RN, you may want to consider pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

If you’re ready to jump-start your nursing career, we’ve compiled below a list of Kansas’ top schools and organized them by class size.

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Kansas City

Kansas City Kansas Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 109 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 64 students during the 2012 period
Johnson County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 28 students during the 2012 period
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
University of Saint Mary
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
Donnelly College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Kansas City Kansas Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 109 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 64 students
Johnson County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 71 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 28 students
MidAmerica Nazarene University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 65 students
University of Saint Mary Bachelor of Science in Nursing 42 students
Donnelly College Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students

Wichita

Wichita State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 144 students during the 2012 period
Butler Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 126 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 104 students during the 2012 period
Wichita Area Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96 students during the 2012 period
Newman University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
Hesston College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Bethel College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Wichita State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 144 students
Butler Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 126 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 104 students
Wichita Area Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 96 students
Newman University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 51 students
Hesston College Associate's Degree in Nursing 50 students
Bethel College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 20 students

Other Kansas cities

Washburn University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 138 students during the 2012 period
Neosho County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 132 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100 students during the 2012 period
Pratt Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 117 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
University of Kansas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 101 students during the 2012 period
Pittsburg State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89 students during the 2012 period
Baker University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88 students during the 2012 period
Hutchinson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68 students during the 2012 period
Washburn Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 57 students during the 2012 period
Colby Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 43 students during the 2012 period
Labette Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 37 students during the 2012 period
Flint Hills Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 43 students during the 2012 period
Fort Scott Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
North Central Kansas Technical College - Beloit
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 37 students during the 2012 period
Manhattan Area Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Barton County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Highland Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
North Central Kansas Technical College - Hays
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Dodge City Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2012 period
Kansas Wesleyan University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Cloud County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 31 students during the 2012 period
Fort Hays State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 31 students during the 2012 period
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Emporia State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Coffeyville Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
Garden City Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bi-Level): 13 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
Benedictine College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
Southwestern College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Washburn University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 138 students
Neosho County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 132 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100 students
Pratt Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 117 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 45 students
University of Kansas Bachelor of Science in Nursing 101 students
Pittsburg State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89 students
Baker University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88 students
Hutchinson Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 73 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 68 students
Washburn Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 57 students
Colby Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 53 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 43 students
Labette Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 44 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 37 students
Flint Hills Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 43 students
Fort Scott Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 42 students
North Central Kansas Technical College - Beloit Certificate in Practical Nursing 37 students
Manhattan Area Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 36 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 36 students
Barton County Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 35 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 32 students
Highland Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 34 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 19 students
North Central Kansas Technical College - Hays Certificate in Practical Nursing 33 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 21 students
Dodge City Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 32 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 students
Kansas Wesleyan University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 32 students
Cloud County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 31 students
Fort Hays State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 31 students
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 20 students
Emporia State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 25 students
Coffeyville Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 17 students
Garden City Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 18 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bi-Level) 13 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students
Benedictine College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 17 students
Southwestern College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 13 students