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Vocational, career, and community colleges are great alternatives to traditional four-year colleges and universities. Typically, they focus on associate’s degrees and certificate programs, and they intend to help you complete your education and begin your career within a limited timeframe. As a result, they are more affordable than four-year colleges, both because they have lower tuition costs as well as a shorter time commitment.

At vocational, career, and community colleges, you can study to become a nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or registered nurse (RN). A nursing assistant program takes approximately eight to ten weeks, while LPN programs last about a year to a year and a half. To become an RN, you need at least an associate’s degree, which will take two to three years at a community college. Regardless of the program, you will need to pass an exam at the end to gain your official license. A few of the schools in Kansas that offer these types of programs include Johnson County Community College, North Central Kansas Technical College, and Independence Community College.

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All of these programs will help you begin a nursing career with employers like Women’s Health Associates, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and St. Francis Health Center. In terms of salary, nursing assistants in Kansas earned a median wage of $22,540 in 2013, LPNs made $37,810, and RNs earned $55,780 annually.

To start your career in one of these nursing roles, explore any of the two-year Kansas nursing schools we’ve listed below.

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Kansas City

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
School City Programs offered
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

Wichita

Butler Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wichita Area Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Butler Community College El Dorado
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wichita Area Technical College Wichita
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Kansas cities

Barton County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Flint Hills Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
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
Pratt Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Salina Area Technical College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Washburn Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Barton County Community College Great Bend
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Flint Hills Technical College Emporia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
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
Pratt Community College Pratt
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Washburn Institute of Technology Topeka
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate