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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

Why earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

With a nationwide shortage of nurses, and an increased demand for travel nurse candidates, a nursing degree is a smart move if you want to secure a good-paying, flexible health care job.

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Graduates from our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are workforce-ready nurses, thanks to a nursing education that includes a focus on clinical experience and compassionate patient care.

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What makes Baker University’s

Bachelor of Science in Nursing different?

Baker University BS in nursing students are encouraged to spend their first two years at Baker’s College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City, Kansas. Once you meet the 62 hours of prerequisites at Baker’s College of Arts and Sciences, you’ll complete an additional 62 hours of required nursing courses at the Stormont Vail Health campus in Topeka, which is designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Earning a BS in nursing from Baker University gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll enjoy two years of the traditional undergraduate experience. That means clubs and organizations, sorority and fraternity life, residential living, campus events, friendships, varsity athletics, and more. Then you get to dive deep into preparation for a meaningful nursing career.

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What about our NCLEX first-time pass rate for BSN students?

We’re proud of our NCLEX pass rate. Over 90% of Baker University nursing students pass the NCLEX on the first try thanks to our emphasis on clinical experience and patient care. You can expect NCLEX tutoring and plenty of NCLEX review questions and valuable preparation.

In addition, 95% of graduates, licensed and staying in Kansas, are employed and earning a good nursing salary within three months of graduation.

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Baker University is recognized as one of the best nursing schools in Kansas

Our BSN program is known for its rigorous curriculum, early access to clinical experience, and outstanding first-time NCLEX pass rates. That’s not just us saying that. We’ve been recognized by College of Distinction and one of the Best Nursing Schools in Kansas.

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What can you do with a nursing degree?

Once you earn your nursing license, the opportunities are wide open. Nursing career paths differ based on your goals and desired specialization (which may require further schooling).

Consider some of the following possibilities:

  • Acute care nurse
  • Community health nurse
  • Vital nurse
  • Travel nurse
  • Military nurse
  • Nurse case manager
  • Nurse researcher
  • Mental health nurse
  • Neonatal intensive care unit nurse
  • Operating room nurse
  • Emergency room nurse
  • Trauma care nurse
  • Pediatric nurse
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With advanced education:

  • General nurse practitioner
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetist
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Surgical nurse practitioner
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Nursing student learning about medical equipment through the simulation lab.

Where technology and nursing education meet

As a Baker University nursing major, you’ll receive valuable clinical experience, including the opportunity to practice medical research 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 nursing students observe a variety of diseases, then decide on a treatment and various interventions.

Service learning that takes you beyond nursing classes

Every year a group of nursing students and faculty travel to Kenya to assist Streams of Hope International, a medical mission to bring quality health care resources to the country. The program was developed by Baker University SON graduates Ephantus Kimori Mwangi and Hottensiah Kimori in 2008. During the 12-day trip, our global citizens teach equipment usage, promote compassionate patient care, and educate locals about a variety of clinical practice guidelines.

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Meet the Faculty


Libby Rosen

Dean and Professor; RN, PhD

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

Office: School of Nursing


Ranee Seastrom

Assistant Dean-BSN program

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

Office: School of Nursing


Marlene Eicher

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, 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


Diane Bortoff

Assistant Professor; RN, MSN, CNE

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

Office: School of Nursing


Tamara Heine

Program Manager; RN, MSN, CNE

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

Office: School of Nursing


Amanda Schuster

Assistant Professor; MSN, BSN, RN

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

Office: School of Nursing


Ashley Seematter

Assistant Professor; BSN, RN

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

Office: School of Nursing


Dustin Thiessen

Instructor & Simulation Lab Coordinator; RN, BSN

B.S.N. Baker University

Office: School of Nursing


Jessica Shippee-McDaniel

Instructor; RN, BSN, MSN

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

Office: School of Nursing


Jeri Harvey

Assistant Professor; RN, BSN, MSN

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

Office: School of Nursing


Elizabeth Deng

Assistant Professor; MSN, BSN

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

Office: School of Nursing


Hannah Branham

Assistant Professor; MSN, RN

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

Office: School of Nursing


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


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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Esperanza Garza

Instructor, BSN

B.S.N., M.S.N Emporia State University (M.S.N. expected May 2023)

Office: School of Nursing