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School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Cara Bonfiglio

Student Admissions & Progressions Coordinator

School of Nursing - BSN Program

Compassionate, Dedicated, Confident

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A Baker University diploma is known and respected in the region’s health care system.

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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 62 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.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

PREPARE FOR THE NCLEX

More than 90% of our students pass the NCLEX on the first try, which is substantially higher than both the national average and average for Kansas.

YOUR JOB IS WAITING

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

MAGNET DESIGNATION

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.

STATE-OF-THE-ART LEARNING

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

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Nursing student giving a woman a COVID vaccine at a clinic while an instructor looks on

Careers with Compassion

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 first-time licensure exam pass rates.

State-of-the-art Learning

Simulation Lab

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.

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

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.

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Baker Is Military Friendly

Military Advanced Education named Baker University one of America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. Veterans and active-duty service members and their spouses may qualify for tuition discounts.

Military Benefits

Meet the Faculty

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Libby Rosen

Dean and Professor; RN, PhD

B.S.N. Washburn University, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Office: School of Nursing

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Denise Johnson

Assistant Professor; RN, BSN, MSN, APRN

B.S.N. University of Kansas, M.S.N. University of Kansas

Office: School of Nursing

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Marlene Eicher

Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Assistant Professor; DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Washburn University, D.N.P. Pittsburg State University

Office: School of Nursing

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Diane Bortoff

Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, CNE

B.S.N. University of Kansas, M.S.N. University of Kansas

Office: School of Nursing

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Tamara Heine

Program Manager; RN, MSN, CNE

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Nebraska Methodist College

Office: School of Nursing

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Amanda Schuster

Assistant Professor; MSN, BSN, RN

B.S.N. University of Arkansas, M.S.N. Fort Hays State University

Office: School of Nursing

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Ranee Seastrom

Assistant Dean-BSN program

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. & M.H.A. University of Phoenix

Office: School of Nursing

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Ashley Seematter

Assistant Professor; BSN, RN

B.S.N. Fort Hays State University, M.S.N. Baker University

Office: School of Nursing

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Dustin Thiessen

Instructor & Simulation Lab Coordinator; RN, BSN

B.S.N. Baker University

Office: School of Nursing

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Jessica Shippee-McDaniel

Instructor; RN, BSN, MSN

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Baker University

Office: School of Nursing

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Jeri Harvey

Assistant Professor; RN, BSN, MSN

B.S.N. Washburn University, M.S.N. Washburn University

Office: School of Nursing

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Ashton Clarkson

Assistant Professor; BSN, RN

B.S.N. Newman University

Office: School of Nursing

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Elizabeth Deng

Instructor; MSN, BSN

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Baker University

Office: School of Nursing

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Hannah Branham

Instructor; MSN, RN

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Baker University

Office: School of Nursing

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Brittany Horn

Instructor; DNP, FNP-BC

B.S.N. Pittsburg State University, D.N.P. Pittsburg State University

Office: School of Nursing

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Hottensiah Kimori

Assistant Professor; MSN, RN

B.S. Kenyatta University, B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Aspen University

Office: School of Nursing

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Jessica Hachmeister

Instructor

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Baker University (in progress)

Office: School of Nursing

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Vicky McGrath

Assistant Professor

B.S.N. Washburn University, M.B.A. Baker University, D.N.P. University of Kansas

Office: School of Nursing

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