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Wichita State, K-State Planning Joint Nursing Program

Wichita State University is partnering with Kansas State University to start a satellite nursing program at K-State.

The partnership addresses the rising need for registered nurses in Kansas.

WSU School of Nursing Chair Voncella McCleary-Jones says they will be adding prepared nurses to the work force.

“We felt that by joining our resources, we could provide an opportunity for those students to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing," Jones said, "which is highly-regarded as far as entry-level education for the nursing profession."

Through the partnership, students will enroll in K-State’s College of Health and Human Sciences for the first three years and, if accepted into WSU’s nursing program, will be WSU students on the K-State campus for the following two years.

Admission will happen twice a year during the fall and spring semesters. The K-State nursing program will have the same requirements at Wichita State. Twenty students will be admitted per semester, and graduates will earn degrees from both K-State and WSU.

The schools signed a memorandum of understanding last month, and still need to seek approval from the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

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