PRENURSING | Caring for Your Community

There is a shortage of nurses nationwide and at Baker University we take pride in educating confident and compassionate nurses who are in demand even before they graduate. Through clinical experience, first-hand observation, and personalized learning, Baker has developed an outstanding reputation for producing the best and brightest nurses in the region. Our graduates validate that year after year with high first-time NCLEX pass rates and job placement rates.

Complete your prerequisites at Baker
Students complete 62 hours of prerequisites on Baker’s Baldwin City campus while working closely with a prenursing advisor, then they complete their two-year professional program at Stormont Vail Health in Topeka. Students who complete their prerequisite work at Baker with a minimum 3.0 GPA are given preference in admissions selections.


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.


More than 95% of Baker graduates staying in Kansas and licensed are 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.


Baker is proud to be one of only 110 institutions worldwide with an Anatomage table—the most technologically advanced anatomy educational tool available. Using this learning resource, students broaden their understanding of the human body and use it as a foundation for the clinical reasoning skills they’ll develop through guided practice using leading technology such as the human patient simulator. Watch the video.

HEIDI | Nursing Major, Class of 2018

“Through the prenursing program at Baker, I have learned to constantly search for not only the right answer, but also the best answer. This applies to nearly everything in life and I know it will make me a better nurse in the future.”

BREE | Nursing Major, Class of 2018

“My favorite part of the program is the closeness that the students have together as well as with the teaching staff. You get very close with your classmates because you all are going through the same things between demanding schoolwork and long clinical hours. The teachers also go out of their way to build relationships with their students. Their doors are always open and they are always willing to talk. Nursing school is challenging and it is nice to have a community to help along the way.”


Our nursing students land jobs at regionally and nationally revered hospitals and care centers, including the University of Kansas Medical Center. Some students choose to pursue graduate school to become nurse practitioners or educators.


of Baker graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.

Prerequisites & Transfer Credits

The following prerequisite general education 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 (general biology with lab or other sciences are not required but may be counted toward the 19 semester hours in science)


Molly AndersonMolly Anderson

Assistant Professor of Laboratory Instruction |

B.S. Baker University, M.S. Johns Hopkins University
Office: Boyd Science Center 303 | 785.594.4549

Danielle HemingsonDr. Danielle Hemingson

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: Boyd Science Center 230 | 785.594.4538

Dr. Darcy Russell

Dr. Darcy Russell

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Biology |
Curiosity is what drove Dr. Darcy Russell into the lab, and working with students is what has kept her there. To her, the best thing about the department is its laboratory and field experiences, which are tied into the curriculum. And when she’s not studying how cells and viruses combat each other, she feeds her Jane Austen/George Eliot/Charlotte Bronte addiction.

B.S. Baker University, Ph.D. Kansas State University
Expertise: microbiology
Office: Constant Hall, Academic Affairs Suite | 785.594.8418


Andrea Howell
Department Assistant
Biology & Chemistry
Math, Physics, & Computer Science
Office: Boyd Science Center 327

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