Your Future is Bright

Our reputation makes us a leader in nursing education in the state of Kansas, and health-care professionals throughout the region seek Baker graduates, acknowledging our students’ excellent preparation and knowledge.

The Tools to Succeed

In our programs, you gain the knowledge, skills and ability to prepare you to be a confident and competent professional nurse. Our curriculum focuses on developing critical thinking, technical knowledge and practical application.

Once you've completed 64 hours of prerequisites on Baker’s Baldwin City campus or at another accredited institution, you will dive into your professional program:

  • Clinical experience
  • Relevant coursework
  • First-hand observation of the nursing profession
  • Service learning activities
  • Dedicated faculty
  • Personal approach

Baker University’s 152 years of academic excellence combines with more than a century of nursing education at Stormont-Vail HealthCare to meet your needs.

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Baker Nurses are in Demand

As we prepare nurses for a field in high demand, we look to evidence-based nursing practices, standards of care, technological trends,
experienced and engaged faculty members and hands-on
practical experience to make our graduates the best nurses
they can be.

Today, many of these well-respected graduates are
working in your communities, forming an ever-increasing
professional network throughout Kansas, the nation and
even the world. As a student at Baker, you will connect
not only with this network but also with a close-knit
campus community.

Experience Required

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of nursing jobs will increase more than 20 percent in the next seven years. Our reputation makes us a leader in nursing education in the state of Kansas, and health-care professionals throughout the region seek Baker graduates, acknowledging our students’ excellent preparation and knowledge.

Baker Nurses are Prepared

In our programs, you gain the knowledge, skills and ability to prepare you to be a confident and competent professional nurse. Our curriculum focuses on developing critical thinking, technical knowledge
and practical application.

Hands-on Experience

Magnetic Partnerships We are fortunate to offer clinical learning opportunities at the facilities at Stormont-Vail HealthCare, a nationally recognized integrated acute health care center dedicated to providing in and out-patient treatment services. Recently honored for their excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, our Stormont-Vail partners provide Baker nursing students with immersion in state-of-the-art patient care facilities.

METI Man: not your average patient With our state-of-the-art, full-sized mannequin, METI Man, you can practice critical-care nursing techniques on a computer-controlled human patient simulator. METI Man moves its eyes, blinks, speaks, breathes and displays a heartbeat and pulse exhibiting bodily functions that signal conditions such as heart attacks, collapsed lungs and severe strokes. METI Man provides a safe way to learn how to respond confidently to critical health situations.

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Baker Nurses are on the Leading Edge

As technology continues to reshape the ever-changing field of nursing, we introduce you to the latest technology trends necessary for nurses to thrive in the 21st century. We have also incorporated technology
into our teaching, providing resources that extend your
knowledge and support your academic goals.

  •  To make sure you have acquired the appropriate knowledge and skills at each stage in your education, we use Assessment Training Institute (ATI). Each semester, we evaluate your progress and determine whether you have fully met all the goals at each of the four levels. Our regular assessment ensures your success. That’s why our graduates consistently score above the national average on the National Council Licensure Examination.
  •  As a Baker nursing student, you use an iPod or Palm Pilot loaded with required reference textbooks, so everything you need is at your fingertips in any clinical setting.
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Baker Nurses are Involved

Graduates from the Baker School of Nursing are making a difference around the globe, and their efforts are being noticed. Known for their compassion, dedication and capability, our students apply
the lessons they learn through Baker’s service learning
activities far beyond the classroom.

Alumni Achievements & Global Contributions

Paul David Meek, ’98, a trauma specialist in an emergency department, was honored by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as a National Nurse Hero for his volunteer rescue work during flooding in northern Shawnee County.

Liz Gogolski, ’97, an advocate and educator for patients as part of the Stormont-Vail System, has formalized a Perinatal Hospice Program that will optimize the time parents can spend with their babies and increase the communication between hospital programs.

Ephantus Kimori Mwangi, ’08, and his wife, Hottensiah Kimori, ’08, came to Baker after returning to the United States from Kenya. The couple sought a career in nursing so they could make a difference in their homeland. Since completing their degrees, the couple has set up clinics to help treat illnesses and spread health awareness in Kenya. Several of their classmates donated money for supplies to send to the clinics, and the couple is working toward establishing a medical outreach trip.

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Work + School +Life

A nursing degree from Baker University will be among the most challenging endeavors you will pursue. It will also be one of your most rewarding accomplishments.

More Than a Face in the Crowd

Small class sizes and a dedicated faculty combine to give you every opportunity to succeed. Your professors will not only know who you are, they'll take the time to learn about your life and help you develop a strategy to identify and accomplish your career goals.

Flexibility to Hold a Job

All class work and clinicals are scheduled during the day, but because of the challenging curriculum, first-semester students are discouraged from having an outside job. If financial concerns make an outside job necessary, our faculty will help you figure out how to best manage your workload. After the first semester, students have a bit more flexibility, and many students hold jobs in the evenings and on weekends.

A Compassionate Community

Nursing students form a close-knit community. Students study together, team up for community service projects, and relax together during social activities.

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An Education That’s Affordable

If you think a quality education at a private university is out of reach, consider that nine of 10 Baker students receive financial assistance, and most aid packages pay for the majority of the cost of school.

Outstanding Quality + Reasonable Cost = Great Value

Some of our packages amount to more than the cost of attending school. There are several opportunities, including Stormont-Vail Foundation Scholarships, Kansas Nursing Scholarships, Stormont-Vail Tuition Sponsorships and the Nancy Brower Hanni Scholarship.

Come to one of our visit days to learn more:

  • Friday, October 29
  • Friday, January 28
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Just the Facts

Created in 1991

Located at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka

160 students

10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio

Most often, the first time NCLEX pass rate is above 90%

Over 90% of enrolled students graduate

More than 70 opportunities for service and leadership are
available for nursing students.

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Two Degree Tracks

Baker offers two nursing degree tracks. Both lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree:

Traditional Program is for students who have not yet practiced in the nursing profession. To enter this program, you must complete 64-credit hours of prerequisites. Students who complete their prerequisites at Baker's Baldwin City campus with a 3.0 GPA are given preference for admission to the School of Nursing.

RN to BSN Program is for practicing registered nurses who wish to complete a four-year degree. After completing their general education requirements, they can pursue the nursing baccalaureate on a full or part-time basis.

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