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  • Employment: 26,320
  • Hourly Mean Wage: $26.79
  • Annual Mean Wage: $55,730

There's a lot of great reasons to launch a nursing career in Kansas. For one, Kansas is among the top five states with the lowest cost of living in the nation, meaning your paycheck as a nurse will go farther here than other states. Secondly, Kansas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation—6.5 percent in April 2010 compared to a national jobless rate hovering close to 10 percent. While the nursing shortage is not as pronounced in this Midwestern state in big-city hospitals, qualified nurses—particularly geriatric nurses—will still be needed in Kansas' smaller clinics, skilled nursing facilities, doctor's offices and home health care centers. Another advantage of living in Kansas is the small-town feel, even within its larger cities and college towns. Those who live here are proud of their Midwestern family values, and old-fashioned work ethic.

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The most highly sought-after nursing jobs in Kansas are concentrated in and around the major population centers, such as Wichita, Overland Park, Topeka and particularly Kansas City, a busy metro area the state shares with Missouri. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Kansas include: the HCA Midwest Health System, Via Christi Health, and the Mercy Health System of Kansas. Those who want to become nurses in Kansas can get information about state licensure through the Kansas State Board of Nursing, and search the Board's website for a full listing of approved nursing schools in Kansas. The Kansas State Nurses Association is the professional organization that represents the state's nurses, and it maintains a website where RNs here can connect with one another and keep up to date on policy issues relevant to Kansas' nurses.

School Name:Baker University

Address:618 Eighth Street, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006-0065

Contact:(800) 873-4282

Website:www.bakeru.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Barton County Community College

Address:245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, Kansas 67530

Contact:(620) 792-2701

Website:www.bartonccc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

School Name:Bethel College

Address:300 E 27th St, North Newton, Kansas 67117-8061

Contact:(316) 283-2500

Website:www.bethelks.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Brown Mackie College-Kansas City

Address:9705 Lenexa Dr., Lenexa, Kansas 66215

Contact:(913) 768-1900 x5022

Website:www.brownmackie.edu

Type of School:2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:35 to 1

School Name:Brown Mackie College-Salina

Address:2106 South 9th Street, Salina, Kansas 67401-7307

Contact:(785) 825-5422

Website:www.brownmackie.edu

Type of School:2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1

School Name:Butler Community College

Address:901 S Haverhill Rd, El Dorado, Kansas 67042-3280

Contact:(316) 321-2222

Website:www.butlercc.edu/

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1

School Name:Cloud County Community College

Address:2221 Campus Dr, Concordia, Kansas 66901-1002

Contact:(785) 243-1435

Website:www.cloud.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1

School Name:Coffeyville Community College

Address:400 W 11th St, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337-5064

Contact:(620) 251-7700

Website:www.coffeyville.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

School Name:Colby Community College

Address:1255 S Range, Colby, Kansas 67701

Contact:(785) 462-3984

Website:www.colbycc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Dodge City Community College

Address:2501 N 14th Ave, Dodge City, Kansas 67801-2399

Contact:(620) 225-1321

Website:www.dc3.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:Emporia State University

Address:1200 Commercial, Emporia, Kansas 66801-5087

Contact:(620) 341-1200

Website:www.emporia.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1

School Name:Flint Hills Technical College

Address:3301 W 18th St, Emporia, Kansas 66801-5957

Contact:(620) 343-4600 x1301

Website:www.fhtc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:Fort Hays State University

Address:600 Park St, Hays, Kansas 67601-4099

Contact:(785) 628-4000

Website:www.fhsu.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

School Name:Fort Scott Community College

Address:2108 S Horton, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701

Contact:(620) 223-2700

Website:www.fortscott.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1

School Name:Garden City Community College

Address:801 Campus Dr, Garden City, Kansas 67846-6333

Contact:(620) 276-7611

Website:www.gcccks.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Hesston College

Address:301 South Main, Hesston, Kansas 67062-2093

Contact:(620) 327-4221

Website:www.hesston.edu

Type of School:2-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:9 to 1

School Name:Highland Community College

Address:606 W Main, Highland, Kansas 66035-4165

Contact:(785) 442-6000

Website:www.highlandcc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:Hutchinson Community College

Address:1300 N Plum St, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501

Contact:(620) 665-3500

Website:www.hutchcc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1

School Name:Independence Community College

Address:1057 West College Avenue, Independence, Kansas 67301-0708

Contact:(620) 331-4100

Website:www.indycc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:Johnson County Community College

Address:12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas 66210-1299

Contact:(913) 469-8500

Website:www.jccc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1

School Name:Kansas City Kansas Community College

Address:7250 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66112

Contact:(913) 334-1100

Website:www.kckcc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1

School Name:Kansas Wesleyan University

Address:100 E. Claflin Ave., Salina, Kansas 67401-6196

Contact:(800) 874-1154 x1285

Website:www.kwu.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1

School Name:Labette Community College

Address:200 S 14th, Parsons, Kansas 67357-4201

Contact:(620) 421-6700

Website:www.labette.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1

School Name:Manhattan Area Technical College

Address:3136 Dickens Ave, Manhattan, Kansas 66503-2499

Contact:(785) 587-2800 x4100

Website:www.matc.net

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:MidAmerica Nazarene University

Address:2030 E College Way, Olathe, Kansas 66062-1899

Contact:(913) 782-3750

Website:www.mnu.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:National American University-Overland Park

Address:10310 Mastin, Overland Park, Kansas 66212-5451

Contact:(913) 981-8700

Website:www.national.edu

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1

School Name:National American University-Wichita

Address:7309 E 21st St. N. Suite G40, Wichita, Kansas 67206

Contact:(316) 681-3050

Website:www.national.edu

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1

School Name:Neosho County Community College

Address:800 W 14th St, Chanute, Kansas 66720

Contact:(620) 431-2820

Website:www.neosho.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:Newman University

Address:3100 McCormick Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67213-2097

Contact:(316) 942-4291

Website:www.newmanu.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:North Central Kansas Technical College

Address:Hwy 24, Beloit, Kansas 67420

Contact:(785) 738-2276

Website:www.ncktc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:8 to 1

School Name:Pittsburg State University

Address:1701 S Broadway, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762

Contact:(620) 231-7000

Website:www.pittstate.edu

Type of School:4-year, Publi

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1

School Name:Pratt Community College

Address:348 NE SR 61, Pratt, Kansas 67124

Contact:(620) 672-5641

Website:www.prattcc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

School Name:Seward County Community College and Area Technical School

Address:1801 N. Kansas Ave., Liberal, Kansas 67901

Contact:(620) 624-1951

Website:www.sccc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Southwestern College

Address:100 College Street, Winfield, Kansas 67156-6224

Contact:(620) 229-6000

Website:www.sckans.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:Tabor College

Address:400 S Jefferson, Hillsboro, Kansas 67063-1799

Contact:(620) 947-3121

Website:www.tabor.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1

School Name:University of Kansas

Address:Lawrence, Kansas 66045

Contact:(785) 864-2700

Website:www.ku.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

School Name:University of Saint Mary

Address:4100 S 4th St Trafficway, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048-5082

Contact:(913) 682-5151

Website:www.stmary.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Washburn Institute of Technology

Address:5724 SW Huntoon, Topeka, Kansas 66604-2117

Contact:(785) 273-7140

Website:www.washburntech.edu

Type of School:< 2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1

School Name:Washburn University

Address:1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001

Contact:(785) 670-1010

Website:www.washburn.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1

School Name:Wichita Area Technical College

Address:301 South Grove, Wichita, Kansas 67211-2099

Contact:(316) 677-9400

Website:www.watc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:9 to 1

School Name:Wichita State University

Address:1845 Fairmount, Wichita, Kansas 67260-0124

Contact:(316) 978-3456

Website:www.wichita.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/