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With more citizens able to afford insurance, the healthcare field is expanding at a rapid rate. This growth provides opportunities for aspiring nurses to launch a new career. The descriptions below outline some of the most popular careers you can pursue in the nursing field, along with important data that might inform your decision on which career path to choose.

Nursing assistants (CNAs)
Nursing assistants are the first line of care for patients, providing basic needs like bathing, eating, and exercising, as well as basic medical care. To train as a nursing assistant, you will need about two months of education. In the Kansas City area, you can expect to earn a little less than $24,000 per year, while in Wichita, the average salary is just more than $22,000.

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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
LPNs also provide both basic care and medical needs for patients. However, as an LPN, you will likely have more responsibility on the medical side than nursing assistants. To train as an LPN, you generally need a year to a year and a half of education. In Kansas City, the average salary for an LPN is about $39,000, while in Wichita, that number increases to about $40,500 per year.

Registered nurses (RNs)
Though RNs also occasionally provide basic care and medical needs, they more often devise an overall plan for a patient’s care and provide supervision for LPNs and other staff members. Registered nurses must earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, taking anywhere from two to four years. In Kansas City, RNs can expect to make a little under $63,000 annually. That salary decreases in Wichita, with RNs earning an average of about $51,000 per year.

Completing the required level of education can help you launch a new career in the nursing field. The below list of accredited Kansas nursing schools will provide an excellent starting point as you search for the best program.

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Kansas City

Donnelly College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Johnson County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
National American University - Overland Park
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Rasmussen College - Kansas City / Overland Park
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
University of Saint Mary
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Donnelly College Kansas City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Johnson County Community College Overland Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
National American University - Overland Park Overland Park
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Rasmussen College - Kansas City / Overland Park Overland Park
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
University of Saint Mary Leavenworth
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Wichita

Bethel College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Butler Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hesston College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Wichita
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Newman University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Wichita Area Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wichita State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Bethel College North Newton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Butler Community College El Dorado
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hesston College Hesston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University - Wichita Wichita
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Newman University Wichita
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Wichita Area Technical College Wichita
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wichita State University Wichita
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Kansas cities

Baker University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Barton County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Benedictine College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Cloud County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Coffeyville Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Colby Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Dodge City Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Emporia State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Flint Hills Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fort Hays State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fort Scott Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Garden City Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bi-Level)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Highland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hutchinson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Independence Community College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kansas Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Labette Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Manhattan Area Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Neosho County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Central Kansas Technical College - Beloit
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Central Kansas Technical College - Hays
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Kansas Technical College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ottawa University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pittsburg State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pratt Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rasmussen College - Topeka
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Salina Area Technical College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwestern College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tabor College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Kansas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washburn Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washburn University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Baker University Baldwin City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Barton County Community College Great Bend
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Benedictine College Atchison
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Cloud County Community College Concordia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Coffeyville Community College Coffeyville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Colby Community College Colby
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Dodge City Community College Dodge City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Emporia State University Emporia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Flint Hills Technical College Emporia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fort Hays State University Hays
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fort Scott Community College Fort Scott
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Garden City Community College Garden City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bi-Level)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Highland Community College Highland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Independence Community College Independence
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kansas Wesleyan University Salina
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Labette Community College Parsons
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Neosho County Community College Chanute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Central Kansas Technical College - Beloit Beloit
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
North Central Kansas Technical College - Hays Hays
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Kansas Technical College Goodland
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ottawa University Ottawa
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pratt Community College Pratt
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rasmussen College - Topeka Topeka
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Salina Area Technical College Salina
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Liberal
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwestern College Winfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tabor College Hillsboro
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Kansas Lawrence
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washburn Institute of Technology Topeka
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washburn University Topeka
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion