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 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.

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


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. Contact me to schedule a virtual information session.
785.354.5850 | 888.866.4242
Cara Bonfiglio, Student Admissions & Progressions Coordinator


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 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 10

Application Deadline
December 31
*If space is available, applications will be taken until July 1. Contact Cara Bonfiglio for consideration.

Transcripts Due
January 10


Students may apply while completing prerequisite courses.

Spring Start

Application Open
March 1

Application Deadline
August 10
*If space is available, applications will be taken until Dec. 1. Contact Cara Bonfiglio for consideration.

Transcripts Due
August 13


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.

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 31* 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.

*If space is available, applications will be taken until July 1 for the fall start and December 1 for the spring start. Contact Cara Bonfiglio for consideration.

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 applied to and been accepted to Baker University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Learn more about admission to CAS.

Qualifying students 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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

2. Who makes decisions about early admission?

  • Decisions on early admissions are made by the administrative staff and faculty.

3. What are the requirements following early admission?

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.2 while completing the prerequisite and general education courses.
  • Complete all courses with a C or better.
  • Have at least 12 semester hours of science credits, including anatomy and physiology I and II, from the CAS.
  • Take the remaining prerequisite and general education courses at Baker University before beginning the nursing sequence.

3. What if my GPA drops below 3.2 or I do not maintain the requirements after early admission to the nursing program and before beginning nursing?

  • You must apply through the regular interview process as long as you meet application criteria.

4. What if I decide to change my major?

  • Faculty will assist you in identifying a field and provide contact information.
  • 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 may 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.

  • Public Speaking (3 hours)
  • English I (3 hours)
  • English II (3 hours)
  • Humanities, Fine Arts, Religion, Social Science (12 hours) No more than 6 hours in any one discipline: literature, history, foreign language, sign language, art, music, dance, theater, religion, sociology, anthropology, government, geology, or geography
  • General Psychology (3 hours)
  • Developmental Psych, Human Development (3 hours)
  • College Algebra or above (3 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Anatomy with lab (4 hours)
  • Physiology with lab (4 hours)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 hours)
  • Chemistry with lab (4 hours)
  • Nutrition (3 hours)

Students who have taken their prerequisites from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) 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
  • Upon admission to CAS, students must take the remaining prerequisite courses at CAS.

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

Della Anderson    

Della Anderson

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program; RN, MSN, MBA, PhD |

Ph.D. University of Kansas, 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

Jeanne Mann  

Jeanne Mann

Assistant Dean, Graduate Program; 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 785.354.5837

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

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

Anna Buckley

Assistant Professor; RN, BSN, MSN, APRN |

B.S.N., M.S.N. Kansas University
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5839

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

Ashton HampelAshton Hampel

Assistant Professor; BSN, RN |

B.S.N. Newman University
Expertise: adult health, emergency nursing
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5221

Jeri Harvey

Instructor; RN, BSN, MSN |

B.S.N., M.S.N. Washburn University
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5884

Tamara Heine  

Tamara Heine

Program Manager; 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

Denise Johnson

Assistant Professor; RN, BSN, MSN, APRN |

B.S.N., M.S.N. University of Kansas
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5115

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

Kisha Patterson

Assistant Professor; RN, BSN, MSN, APRN |

B.S.N. Baker University, M.S.N. Graceland University
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5870

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

Amanda Schuster  

Amanda Schuster

Assistant Professor; MSN, BSN, RN |

B.S.N. University of Arkansas, M.S.N. Fort Hays State University
Expertise: nursing foundations
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5878

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 | 785.354.5865

Ashley Seematter  

Ashley Seematter

Instructor; BSN, RN |

B.S.N. Fort Hays State University
Expertise: nursing simulation
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5879

Jessica Shippee-McDaniel

Instructor; RN, BSN, MSN |

B.S.N., M.S.N. Baker University
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5866

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

Dustin Thiessen

Instructor & Simulation Lab Coordinator; RN, BSN |

B.S.N. Baker University
Office: School of Nursing 785.354.5868


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

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