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Nursing is a practice profession that values clinical expertise and the application of scientific knowledge.  Professional education in nursing begins at the baccalaureate level. The purpose of professional nursing education is to provide the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the student to become a professional nurse and to have the foundation for graduate education. General education in the humanities and in the natural and social sciences provides a broad foundation for understanding and augmenting nursing theory and facilitates the development and integration of the nursing student as a professional person.

The student who attains a graduate degree in nursing becomes a specialized practice expert who demonstrates expanded accountability and responsibility for the care of patients, populations, and systems.  In addition to the direct practice role, the graduate also demonstrates expertise in the following competencies:

  • Scientific underpinnings for practice,
  • Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking,
  • Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice,
  • Information systems/technology for the improvement and transformation of health care,
  • Health care policy for advocacy in health care,
  • Interpersonal collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes,
  • Prevention of disease and promotion of population health, and
  • Advancing nursing practice

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • BSN

    The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing offers a curriculum designed to prepare students as a professional nurse. The program is 4 academic years in length; the first 2 years students will complete pre-requisite/general education requirements and are admitted to the School of Nursing your Junior year. Graduates are prepared to function as generalists in nursing and assume entry-level positions.

    Clinical placements for nursing students are located throughout the Northeast region of the state. It is likely that you will be asked to commute to at least one clinical site outside of Topeka.

    Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to be licensed as a registered nurse.

    Learn more about the BSN program.

  • LPN-to-BSN

    The LPN articulation program at Washburn University is designed specifically for practical/vocational nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). The basic program is four academic years in length. Qualified LPNs may receive 12 hours of college credit for required coursework.

    Clinical placements for nursing students are located throughout the Northeast region of the state. It is likely that you will be asked to commute to at least one clinical site outside of Topeka.

    Graduates of the program are prepared as generalists in nursing and may function in a variety of nursing roles. Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to sit for the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to be licensed as a registered nurse.

    Learn more about the LPN-to-BSN program.

  • RN-to-BSN Online

    The RN-to-BSN program is an opportunity for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Washburn University offers an innovative, integrative curriculum designed for the busy working professional nurse.

    Students may complete the course of study part-time in 18 months or may opt for a 12 month full-time plan of study. The RN-to-BSN program allows working nurses to balance career, education, and personal responsibilities.

    Learn more about the RN-to-BSN program

Graduate

Master of Science in Nursing, MSN

  • Clinical Nurse Leader

    Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) are prepared at the master’s degree as a advanced generalist. This exciting new role was developed to address needs in healthcare for lateral integration of care at the bedside. Graduates of the Clinical Nurse Leader program provide and manage care at the point of care to individuals, clinical populations and communities. The CNL program does not prepare the graduate for eligibility as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Kansas. The 36 credit hour curriculum is composed of eight core courses, five clinical leadership courses, and a Graduate Project. The curriculum adheres to guidelines provided by pertinent credentialing and regulating organizations while creating a flexible and contemporary graduate education. All graduates possess an advanced core of knowledge to provide direct patient care and manage complex systems.

    Learn more about the MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP

Washburn's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program offers a strong focus on entrepreneurship. It is the first DNP program in the United States to offer students enrollment in Master of Business Administration courses as part of the DNP curriculum. With a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship, the DNP graduate is able to blend advance practice knowledge and skills with strong business acumen.

All three programs are predominately online and prepare students to sit for national certification as an NP in one of two advanced practice specialty areas:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • BSN-to-DNP Online

    Whether you are soon to graduate with your BSN, or have been practicing as a BSN prepared RN for many years, the BSN to DNP program is the pathway to the future of advanced practice nursing.  The program is designed to meet the needs of the working RN.  Depending on the specialty area chosen the program is 70 to 76 credit hours which includes a minimum of 1000 clock hours of direct patient care.

    Learn more about the BSN-to-DNP Online program.
  • MSN-to-DNP, with APRN-NP Online

    This program is for APRNs who are licensed in the State of Kansas and nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  If you are not seeking a second certification the program is 44 credit hours.  For those seeking a second certification, an additional 6-16 credit hours is required depending on the specialty chosen.  Clinical experiences are individually determined to add breadth and depth to your advanced practice (with a minimum of 525 clock hours of direct patient care).

    Learn more about the MSN-to-DNP, with APRN-NP Online program.

  • MSN-to-DNP, without APRN-NP Online

    This program is for masters prepared nurses who are not licensed as an APRN-NP in the State of Kansas.  This program is 66-72 credit hours depending on the specialty chosen with a minimum of 1000 clock hours of direct patient care. 

    Learn more about the MSN-to-DNP, without APRN-NP Online program.

Post-Graduate Certificate

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Online 

    The PMHNP program prepares graduates to function as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.  PMHNPs provide treatment of psychiatric disorders for individuals, families and groups in a variety of clinical settings, using therapeutic techniques, pharmacological treatments, and interventions. The Washburn University School of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate program prepares graduates to function as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in providing care across the lifespan.

    There are three tracks for admission to the PMHNP Post-Graduate certificate program based on your preparation prior to admission:

    Track 1:         Nurse Practitioner  (ANP or FNP)

    Track 2:         Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) prepared

    Track 3:          MSN without Nurse Practitioner Foundation 

    All Tracks include 540 clinical hours to meet ANCC Certification requirements

    Learn more about the PMHNP Online program.