Become a Nurse in Kansas - Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Kansas Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/27/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Kansas
Nursing Licenses in Kansas Master's Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNA) Yes
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) No
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Kansas Nursing Salaries

Kansas Nursing Salaries
KS Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Kansas City, MO-KS Annual Mean Wage Topeka Annual Mean Wage Wichita Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $43,240 $45,900 $44,710 $43,010
Registered Nurse $61,030 $67,340 $65,350 $57,100
Nurse Practitioner $99,430 $110,010 $107,060 $82,390
Nurse Anesthetist $159,600 $136,780 Not Available $167,700
Nurse Midwife Not Available $108,130 Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Kansas in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Kansas. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Kansas, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Kansas nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Kansas, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

As of July 1, 2019, Kansas is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Kansas

According to the Nurse Practice Act Statute 65-1130, advanced practice registered nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Kansas

APRNs in Kansas include clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse-midwife, and nurse practitioner.

Education: Completion of an Approved Advanced Practice Nursing Program

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $48 Background Check Fee

Experience: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: National Certification in Specialty Area

Additional Information: An active Kansas registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal: APRN licenses renew automatically with renewal of the registered nurse (RN) license. APRNs must also submit proof of 30 continuing nursing education hours and a $60 fee.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Kansas

Education: Master’s degree or higher from a nurse anesthetist program accredited by the council on accreditation of nurse anesthesia educational programs.

Examination: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Exam from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)

Fees:

  • $75 Application fee
  • $48 Background Check Fee
  • $995 National Certification Examination Fee

Certification Required: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)

Additional Information: An Active Kansas Registered Nurse License Is Required for Certification

Renewal: CRNA licenses renew automatically with renewal of the registered nurse (R.N.) license.

Learn more on how to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Kansas

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee
  • $48 Background Check Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a registered nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $75 application fee is required.

Renewal: All licenses expire on the last day of the birth month in odd- or even-numbered years based on the nurse’s birth year. Licenses may be renewed 90 days prior to the expiration date. Thirty hours of continuing nursing education (CNE) is required for renewal and must be completed prior to renewing the license.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Kansas

Education: Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $48 Background Check Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Renewal: LPNs are required to submit proof of 30 contract hours of approved continuing nursing education.

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a licensed practical nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $50 application fee is required.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for the nursing careers above: advanced practice registered nurses, certified registered nurse anesthetist, registered nurse, and licensed practical nurse was retrieved from the Nurse Practice Act of Kansas, as of January 2020.

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  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study
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