SCHOOL OF NURSING | Compassionate, Dedicated, Confident

For more than two decades, Baker’s School of Nursing has built healthy communities by educating exceptional nurses. In partnership with Stormont Vail Health, a Magnet®-designated hospital for nursing excellence in Topeka, Kansas, the bachelor of science in nursing program is known for its rigorous curriculum, early immersion into clinical settings, and outstanding licensure exam pass rates. Baker’s School of Nursing also offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program geared toward shaping the next generation of nursing administrators and educators.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Critical thinking, technical knowledge & practical application

A Baker University diploma is a known entity in the region’s health-care system. Graduates from our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are compassionate, workforce-ready individuals intrinsically motivated to make a difference in the world around them. Students are encouraged to spend their first two years at Baker’s College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City, Kansas, before earning their 64 hours of required nursing course work at the Stormont Vail Health campus. It’s the best of both worlds: Enjoy two years of the traditional undergraduate experience—clubs and organizations, Greek life, and varsity athletics—and then dive deep into the pursuit of one of the most desired careers in the world.

Baker University School of Nursing
Stormont Vail Health
Pozez Education Center, Second Floor
1505 SW Eighth St.
Topeka, KS 66606


Over 96% of our students pass the NCLEX on the first try, compared to the 83.04% national average and 79.27 average for Kansas.


More than 95% of Baker graduates staying in Kansas are licensed and employed within three months of graduation.


Our professional school is located on the campus of Stormont Vail Health and is designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Clinical reasoning skills are further developed through guided practice using leading technology such as the human patient simulator. Watch the video.


Application Deadlines

It’s a pretty amazing feeling to land your dream job before receiving your diploma. I absolutely love my career as an emergency department nurse at the University of Kansas Hospital, and I have the faculty at Baker University to thank.
Brooke Sanders | BSN, Class of 2013

Fall Start

Application Open  

September 15

Application Deadline
December 15

Transcripts Due
January 1


Students may apply while completing prerequisite courses.

Spring Start

Application Open
March 1

Application Deadline
August 10

Transcripts Due
August 20


Students may apply while completing prerequisite courses.

Why Be a Nurse?

Job Outlook Is Bright 
According to U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is the largest health occupation, with 2.6 million jobs.

  • The number of nursing jobs will increase by 16%, or 439,000 nurses, between 2016 and 2022.
  • Employment opportunities will be in doctor’s offices, home health care, nursing care facilities, employment agencies and hospitals.
  • Hospitals currently employ 60% of the nursing workforce.

Why Be a Baker University Nurse?

  • More than 95% of Baker graduates are licensed and employed within three months of graduation.
  • Stormont Vail Health is a Magnet®-designated hospital for nursing excellence, and one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the United States according to Truven Health Analytics.
  • Baker’s School of Nursing is constantly updating its curriculum to reflect changes to best-practice patient safety goals.
  • Our nurses are confident, responsible professionals who enjoy hands-on learning in hospital and community settings with diverse client populations.

What Does It Take to Complete the Program?

Completion of a minimum of 128 semester hours of college work is required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Of those, 64 credit hours are nursing courses.

The 64 credit hours of the baccalaureate nursing degree program must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade of C in all nursing courses. All nursing course work is offered at the Stormont Vail campus. A minimum of 30 credit hours in the upper-division nursing program must be completed at the Baker University School of Nursing.


Our students receive valuable simulation lab experiences, including the opportunity to practice techniques on a lifelike mannequin. The human patient simulator moves its eyes, speaks, breathes, and displays a heartbeat. It can signal conditions such as heart attacks, collapsed lungs, and severe strokes. The high fidelity simulator reacts like a real patient, and can be programmed for multiple patient scenarios, from a young person in great health to an elderly smoker with diabetes. Our students observe a variety of diseases, then decide on a treatment and see how various interventions would affect their patient.


Hi, future nurses! I’m Cara, your main contact here at the School of Nursing. Do you have questions about applying, transcripts, prerequisites, or visiting the School of Nursing? I can assist you with any of those. Please feel free to contact me via email or by phone.  I look forward to working with you to reach your educational and career goals.
785.354.5850 | 888.866.4242
Cara Bonfiglio, Student Admissions & Progressions Coordinator

Service Learning

Every year a group of nursing students and faculty travel to Kenya to assist Streams of Hope International, a medical mission to bring valuable healthcare resources to the impoverished country. The program was developed by Baker SON alumna Ephantus Kimori Mwangi and Hottensiah Kimori in 2008. During the 12-day trip, our global citizens teach equipment usage, provide clinical support, and educate locals about a variety of best clinical practices. Learn More

Student Activities 

All students become members of the national and state professional organization for students upon entry into the nursing program. Student groups include: Student Senate, Spiritual Ambassadors, Nurses Christian Fellowship, Student Affairs, and several academic and assessment committees. Learn More

Stauffer Medical Library

Located in the lower level of the Pozez Education Center, the Stauffer Health Sciences Library is the support library for the faculty and students of the School of Nursing. The library is open 24 hours per day and provides circulation, searching and reference, and document delivery services.


Stormont Vail Health provides a number of dining and snack locations, including: the Sunflower Terrace Cafeteria, which serves daily specials as well as a salad bar, grill, soups, and more; and two Java Plaza coffee kiosks, which offer a variety of cold and hot drinks and sandwiches. Learn More

 BSN Admissions Requirements & Policies

Admission to the School of Nursing is based on academic history, prerequisite cumulative grade point average, math and science prerequisite GPA, number of prerequisite courses completed, other degrees conferred, and an interview with faculty. The School of Nursing seeks students who exhibit appropriate communication skills, caring attributes, personal integrity, accountability and the ability to make ethical decisions and think critically. Eligibility for admission is determined without regard to race, nationality, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

To be considered for admission, students must submit the following:

  • Official transcript of their high school record or GED certificate
  • Official transcripts for all college work completed
  • Online application

Applications should be on file before December 15 for consideration for the fall semester and before August 10 for the spring semester. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his or her file is complete.

The following criteria are required for admission to the program:

  • Graduation from a state-approved high school or the equivalent.
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework before the student begins the nursing program. Students are accepted conditionally pending successful completion of program prerequisites.
  • An overall prerequisite cumulative GPA and math and science GPA of at least 2.70 on a 4.00 grade point scale. Only prerequisite courses are considered in calculating the GPA for admission. All program prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted unless it can be confirmed by the university that a pass is equivalent to a C or greater.

The Early Admission Program is for qualifying high school students who have been accepted to Baker University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). They will be preadmitted to the School of Nursing as freshmen, eliminating the need to compete with the applicant pool as juniors. A similar program for early admission is available for freshmen college students with no more than 17 credit hours.

The program provides qualified applicants a seamless transition from prerequisites and general education courses to completion of the nursing major. These students will complete all of their prerequisites on the Baker CAS campus and when ready for entry into the nursing program will not be required to compete and interview for a slot in the entering class.

What are the criteria for early admission?
Level 1: High school senior entering Baker as a freshman
ACT score: 25 or above
GPA: 3.5
Involvement in community service or community leadership

Level 2: College freshman with 17 or fewer credit hours
Completion of 17 or fewer credit hours
ACT score: 25 or above
B or higher in College Algebra, College Writing I and prerequisite science course if completed
Cumulative GPA: 3.2 or higher
No grade lower than a C or repeated course
Involvement in community service or community leadership

  • All students are required to have a background check before starting school.
  • International students must follow the same admission procedure identified in the School of Nursing catalog.
  • Transfer students from other nursing programs must meet all entry requirements, may be asked to provide a letter explaining the need to transfer, and will be admitted on a space-available basis.
  • LPN students must meet all entry requirements. Because 12 credit hours from the technical college will be accepted in transfer, LPN students do not need to take nutrition, developmental psychology, or NU 322/NU 322L Foundations of Nursing. LPN students are required to take NU 323 LPN Bridge.

Prerequisite General Education Requirements
The following courses are offered on the Baldwin City campus. They also may be transferred from a two-year or four-year regionally accredited college or university.


  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • English Composition (3 hours)
  • English II (3 hours)
  • Humanities or Fine Arts (12 hours)
    no more than 6 hours in any one of the following disciplines: art, music, literature, philosophy, religion, history, theatre, international language or sign language
  • Ethics (3 hours)
  • Social Sciences (9 hours)
    to include general psychology, developmental psychology (life span or approved course), principles of sociology or cultural anthropology
  • College Algebra (3 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Sciences (19 hours)
    to include anatomy and physiology with lab, microbiology with lab, chemistry with lab, nutrition
Students who have taken their prerequisites from the College of Arts and Sciences will be eligible for priority admission to the School of Nursing if they meet the following criteria in addition to meeting admission requirements as stated in the current School of Nursing catalog at the time of application.



  • Meet the residency requirements of 40 or more hours in the CAS
  • Have at least 12 semester hours of science credits, including anatomy and physiology, from the CAS
  • Have an overall prerequisite cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA in math and science courses

Applicants who do not meet criteria for priority admission will be considered for admission with all other applicants.


Bernadette Fetterolf

Bernadette Fetterolf

Dean of the School of Nursing, Professor; BSN, MN, PhD |

B.S.N., M.N. Wichita State University; Ph.D. Kansas State University
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5853
Kathryn Schartz

Kathryn Schartz

Assistant Professor; MSN, RN, CPNP |

B.S.N. Washburn University, M.S.N. University of Kansas
Expertise: pediatrics
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5868
Barb Sollner

Barb Sollner

Assistant Professor; RN, BSN, MSN |

R.N. Bryan Memorial Hospital; B.S.N., M.S.N. Nebraska Wesleyan University
Expertise: operating room, acute care
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5949
Ranee Seastrom

Ranee Seastrom

Assistant Professor; MSN, MHA, RN-BC |

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N./M.H.A. University of Phoenix
Expertise: Acute care adult health, cardiac and stroke care
Office: School of Nursing
Marlene Eicher

Marlene Eicher

Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC |

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Washburn University
Expertise: adult health nursing, surgical care, diabetes management
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5873
Jeanne Mann

Jeanne Mann

Program Manager, Assistant Professor; RN, PhD, CNE |

B.S.N. Wichita State University, M.S.N., M.S., Ed.S. Fort Hays State, Ph.D. (Ed) University of Kansas
Expertise: health assessment, mental and adult health
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5884
Diane Bortoff

Diane Bortoff

Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, CNE |

B.S.N., M.S.(N.) University of Kansas
Expertise: care of elders, community health
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5862
Deb Agnew

Deb Agnew

Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, APRN, CNE |

B.S.N. Washburn University, M.S.(N.) University of Kansas
Expertise: mental health
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5870
Cindy Light

Cindy Light

Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, CEN |

B.S.N., Emporia State University, M.S.N. University of Missouri
Expertise: complex adult health, emergency nursing
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5877
Teresa Faust

Teresa Faust

Assistant Professor; MSN, RN |

B.S.N. Avila College, M.S.N. St. Louis University
Expertise: Education
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5839
Tamara Heine

Tamara Heine

Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, CNE |

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Nebraska Methodist College
Expertise: maternal-child, pathophysiology
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5849
Susan Larson

Susan Larson

Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, EdD(c), APRN, CNE |

B.S.N., M.S.N. University of Kansas; Ed.D. University of Kansas
Expertise: adult health nursing, chronic alterations
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5878
Ruth Ohm

Ruth Ohm

Assistant Professor; RN, PhD, APRN |

B.S.N. University of Wyoming, M.S.N. University of Portland, Ph.D. (Nursing) University of Kansas
Expertise: adult health nursing, research
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5858
Mary Lisa Joslyn

Mary Lisa Joslyn

Assistant Professor; MSN, RN, MA |

M.S.N. MidAmerica Nazarene University, B.S.N. Ferris State University
Expertise: medical-surgical nursing, home health and hospice
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5115
Libby Rosen

Libby Rosen

Professor; RN, PhD |

B.S.N. Washburn University, Ph.D. (Nursing) University of Kansas
Expertise: maternal and child nursing
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5859
Kay Osinski

Kay Osinski

Assistant Dean, Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, CMSRN, CNE |

B.S.N. Central Missouri State University, M.S.N. Northern Illinois University
Expertise: adult health, high-risk nursing
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5867
Della Anderson

Della Anderson

Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, MBA |

M.S.N. University of Mary, M.B.A. University of Mary, B.S.N. University of Kansas
Expertise: leadership, management
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5838
Christina Barker

Christina Barker

Technology Coordinator, Clinical Instructor; BSN, RN |

M.S.N.University of Kansas (in process), B.S.N. Baker University School of Nursing
Expertise: pediatric intensive care
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5851
Carol Moore

Carol Moore

Associate Dean; PhD, APRN, CNS |

B.S.N. Eastern Mennonite University, M.S.N. Wichita State University, Ph.D. Kansas State University
Expertise: adult nursing
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5837

Master of Science in Nursing

Shape the next generation of health-care professionals

Baker’s robust online MSN curriculum integrates advanced nursing theory with evidence-based nursing practices. Graduates will apply these skills to careers in nursing education and nursing administration. Two tracks are available for prospective students, both of which fill a critical workforce need in 2016: Nursing Education and Nursing Administration.


“I am excited to be one of the first to experience Baker’s MSN program. The knowledge I have gained so far has empowered me to embrace leadership and to perform at a higher level of understanding at my current nursing position. Being a full-time student requires a lot of dedication especially when I am also working full time five days a week. However, what I have accomplished and learned in these classes has been extremely rewarding and valuable. The instructors are encouraging and willing to work with the students to ensure our success. They value our feedback and are continually working toward improving this program. Having graduated from Baker’s BSN program, I know my instructors’ expectations. This is one of the reasons I chose Baker as I continue my quest for knowledge.”
ELIZABETH | MSN, Class of 2017

“Baker University School of Nursing’s faculty and staff are exceptional and I cannot imagine furthering my education elsewhere. Thus far, the Master of Science in Nursing program has exceeded my expectations. I’ve learned more about nursing theory, nursing policy, and the various advanced roles in nursing than I ever anticipated in the two short semesters I’ve spent working toward my higher degree. The faculty have done a wonderful job prompting us to think outside the box and apply what we’re learning to our futures in either nursing education or nursing administration, and I know when I enter into a position following completion of my degree, I will be more than prepared.”
SARAH | MSN, Class of 2017

Are You Ready for Future Opportunities? Choose from Two Tracks

Nursing Education

Many of the nation’s most skilled nursing educators will retire in the next five years. The nursing education track prepares nurses for the role of educator in academic or staff-development settings. This track reflects the nurse educator competencies developed by national organizations. The curriculum integrates core master’s-level concepts, advanced clinical foundations (assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology) and education-focused courses. The advanced theory and practicum-focused courses provide students a strong foundation in the content areas they will teach, and the education-focused courses provide an exceptional understanding of how to teach.

Nursing Administration

Just as our nation’s best and most-experienced nursing educators are approaching retirement, so, too, are our hospital’s administrators. The nursing administration track prepares students to serve in a variety of leadership and managerial roles within the health-care system. Students will develop skills in communication, conflict resolution, personnel development, team building, employee management, critical-situation analysis, and financial management. Graduates will be able to analyze health-care needs of groups of patients, use resources, and organize and implement the delivery of nursing services to meet the needs they have identified.

Why Online?

Time constraints, work schedules and geographical limitations can make it difficult to earn an advanced degree. Baker University is committed to finding innovative ways to extend quality educational opportunities to working professional adults. Online learning at Baker’s School of Nursing closely aligns with the MSN mission to meet the lifelong learning needs of nontraditional students.

MSN Admission Requirements

The graduate program seeks students who exhibit appropriate communication skills, caring attributes, personal integrity, accountability and the ability to make ethical decisions and think critically. Eligibility for admission is determined without regard to race, nationality, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

  • A baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from a professionally accredited nursing program
  • A current unencumbered license to practice professional nursing in the United States
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework toward the undergraduate nursing degree
  • Undergraduate coursework in health assessment, pathophysiology, and research
  • Completion of a graduate-level (500 or above) statistics course before beginning graduate nursing courses
  • The equivalent of one year of full-time clinical experience (or 1,872 hours) as a registered nurse before enrolling in NU 590 Transitional Care Practicum
To complete the application process, please follow these steps:

  • Submit completed online application for graduate admission and $50 application fee.
  • Submit a current resume documenting work history, including levels of responsibility, areas of professional growth, and prior professional education experiences. (Upload as part of online application.)
  • Submit a goal statement: a one- to two-page essay describing personal and professional goals, including how graduate nursing study at Baker University will enable achievement of these goals. (Upload as part of online application.)
  • Provide reference forms to thee people, including one from academia and two from profession or work. pdfReference form
  • Request that the registrar from all colleges or universities you attended send official transcripts to Associate Dean, Baker School of Nursing, 1500 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604

An individual interview may be requested or required.

Conditional admission to the graduate program may be considered in these two instances:

  • An undergraduate nursing GPA of 2.90: The student must achieve a grade of B or higher in the first two graduate courses in order to progress in the program.
  • Completion of the required prerequisite statistics course may be taken concurrently with one nursing graduate course. Both courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher.
Graduate courses taken at other institutions before admission to Baker University may, if pertinent to the plan of study and determined to be equivalent to required coursework, be accepted in transfer. Transfer credit is limited to 6 credits taken within the last five years in which the student received a grade of B or above. Any course being requested for transfer credit must be submitted to the associate dean within six weeks of the admission date. Courses not submitted within the six-week timeframe will not be accepted.

After admission to the graduate nursing program, all credits toward the MSN degree must be completed at Baker University.

Transferred grade points are not included in the calculation of the Baker University GPA.

Applicants to the MSN program will be reviewed on an individual basis. The applicant should contact the associate dean with all inquiries.

Dr. Carol Moore, Associate Dean
785.354.5837 |


Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Cara Bonfiglio, Student Admissions
& Progressions Coordinator
785.354.5850 | 888.866.4242

Master of Science in Nursing
Dr. Carol Moore, Associate Dean