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SCHOOL OF NURSING | Filling a need

Throughout Baker University’s history, we have introduced programs to serve the changing needs of students.

In August of 1991, the School of Nursing was established in the Pozez Education Center at Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, Kansas, to provide much-needed nursing education for the students in the area.

In the fall of 2015, the Higher Learning Commission approved the online Master of Science in Nursing program, which offers practicing nurses the opportunity to shape the next generation of health-care professionals. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in nursing education and nursing administration.

Campus Location

Stormont Vail Health
Pozez Education Center
2nd Floor

1505 SW 8th Ave
Topeka, KS 66604
785.354.5850 or 888.866.4242
Fax: 785.354.5832

Enter the hospital grounds from the corner of Eighth and Horne. Parking in the garage is free.

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School of Nursing History
  • 1884 | Bishop Thomas Hubbard Vail, the first bishop of the Episcopal Dioceses of Kansas, establishes Christ Hospital in Topeka.
  • 1892 | Christ Hospital Training School for Nurses opens
  • 1895 | Jane C. Stormont Hospital and Training School for Nurses opens
  • 1930 | Vail School of Nursing opens
  • 1939 | Christ Hospital School of Nursing opens
  • 1949 | To accommodate changes in the health care industry, Jane C. Stormont Hospital and Training School for Nurses and Christ Hospital merge, forming Stormont-Vail School of Nursing.
  • 1987 | Stormont-Vail School of Nursing graduates its last class. St. Mary of the Plains College begins offering ADN, BSN and RN completion programs as a satellite campus at Stormont-Vail.
  • 1990 | Baker University and Stormont-Vail sign a partnership agreement in October to begin operating Baker University School of Nursing, Stormont-Vail campus. Remaining St. Mary of the Plains students are accepted as transfers to BU as of August 1991. Dr. Elaine Harvey is appointed to continue as the dean of the Baker programs.
  • 1991 | In March, Baker University is notified that proposed nursing programs received approval/accreditation from the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs to be offered include three degree options, the ADN, BSN, and RN completion programs. In August, the first Baker nursing classes begin for 103 students with 25 ADN, 68 BSN and 10 RN-BSN enrolled. In December, 17 ADN, 5 BSN, and 1 RN-BSN students, who transferred from the St. Mary of the Plains program, graduate from the Baker University.
  • 1992 | BUSN receives initial accreditation by the National League for Nursing.
  • 1993 | The May graduating class achieves 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.
  • 1994 | Founding dean Dr. Elaine Harvey retires and Dr. Mary Alice Turley takes over as the second dean. Total enrollment in the school reaches 171 students. The May graduates achieve a 100 percent pass rate.
  • 1996 | In May, the ADN program closes. In December, Dr. Turley retires as dean and Ms. Kay Osinski becomes interim dean.
  • 1997 | In September, Dr. Kathleen Harr becomes the third dean. The nursing faculty agree to file a letter of intent to become accredited by the new Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a subsidiary of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
  • 1998 | Accreditation is continued by the National League for Nursing. A two-year interim report is required.
  • 1999 | The December graduates achieve 100-percent first-time pass rate on the NCLEX. Spring enrollment dips to an all time low with 72 students.
  • 2000 | The National League Accrediting Commission interim report is accepted with continued accreditation.
  • 2001 | An on-site evaluation team from the CCNE provides a positive review; accreditation is granted in October. The KSBN grants continued approval.
  • 2002 | The nursing program receives a positive review of its assessment program by the team visiting from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • 2005 | The May graduating class has a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX.
  • 2007 | During the fall semester, the METI human patient simulator is purchased and the simulation lab is established in conjunction with Stormont-Vail. Simulation sessions in the lab are scheduled beginning in Spring 2008. A METI video is created, demonstrating students caring for Hal or Hallie.
  • 2009 | In March, Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center achieves magnet recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Baker School of Nursing graduates its 1,000th student during the May commencement ceremonies at the Collins Center.
  • 2010 | In October, Baker celebrates the 20th anniversary of the School of Nursing. Administration, faculty and staff prepare for a 10-year on-site evaluation by the CCNE. Fall enrollment reaches 171 for the first time since spring 1994. In addition to the dean and two administrative faculty members, there are 15 teaching faculty, seven adjuncts and three staff.
  • 2015 | In July, Dr. Kathleen Harr retires as the dean of the School of Nursing. In August, Dr. Bernadette Fetterolf becomes the fourth dean.
  • 2016 | Baker University offers the Master of Science in Nursing degree. The first chohort begins courses in January.

The Future of Health Care

Baker’s School of Nursing focuses on developing critical thinking, technical knowledge, and practical application.

Mission & Program Goals

Baker University School of Nursing is committed to assuring student learning for the practice of professional nursing and developing compassionate, confident, competent providers and managers of care and contributors to society.

The School of Nursing strives to accomplish the following:

1.  Offer a nursing curriculum that builds upon a strong foundation in liberal arts, sciences and standards of professional nursing practice.

2.  Provide an environment of learning through a partnership between students and faculty, dedicated to academic excellence and freedom of expression and community service.

3.  Retain a well-qualified faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching and participation in scholarship, service, professional development and nursing practice.

4.  Facilitate a constructive, productive and energizing work atmosphere environment where open, constructive communication, decision making, flexibility and self-growth are valued.

5.  Support opportunities for faculty and students to use current technology and learning resources in a variety of settings.

Accreditation & Licensure Requirements


In addition to Baker University’s accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (312.263.0456, and Kansas State Board of Education, the B.S.N. program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120 (202.887.6791,

Kansas State Board of Nursing Licensure Requirements

Applicants and current students are advised that nursing licenses may be denied or disciplined by the KSBN. Possible grounds for such action may include being guilty of any felony or being guilty of a misdemeanor that involves an illegal drug offense if the KSBN determines that such person has not been sufficiently rehabilitated to warrant the public trust. No license shall be granted to a person with a felony conviction for a crime against persons. Patterns of practice and other behaviors exhibiting an apparent incapacity to practice nursing are also considered. All criminal convictions must be revealed to KSBN on initial application for licensure and will be evaluated before a license is granted. The KSBN requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check as part of the application process for licensure. Further information may be obtained by accessing the Nurse Practice Act KSA 65-1120 and by contacting the KSBN.

Student Learning Outcomes

The nursing program prepares confident, competent and responsible professional nurses who are able to:

1.  Practice professional nursing, incorporating the roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of a profession.

2.  Conduct comprehensive and focused assessments using a holistic approach to make complex critical clinical judgments.

3.  Demonstrate evidence-based practice by integrating evidence, critical clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care.

4.  Communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals, families, populations, communities, and the interdisciplinary team across the health care continuum.

5.  Integrate leadership principles and processes to ensure safe, quality outcomes of patient care across the health care continuum.

6.  Portray professional values when providing competent, compassionate, culturally sensitive and individualized care across the health care continuum.

7.  Display accountability for legal, moral and ethical considerations within current standards of professional practice.

8.  Integrate personal goals for lifelong learning and for involvement in professional and community service.

9.  Manage patient care technologies and information management systems when delivering care across the health care continuum.

10.  Provide effective health promotion, disease and injury prevention care to diverse individuals, families, populations and communities across the health care continuum.


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