This quintessentially Midwestern state has a need for more high quality primary care providers, and earning your NP degree can help address this need. Residents in urban areas generally have access to care, but the uninsured and those in rural areas may find it difficult to find a healthcare provider who is willing or able to provide primary care services. Nurse Practitioners are often able to help fill the gaps in primary care, and there are currently 1040 (BLS, 2012) in Kansas, doing just that.
Kansas nurse practitioners must have a collaborative agreement with a physician in place before diagnosing or treating patients; a collaborative agreement is also required before NPs can prescribe medication. The mean annual salary for a nurse practitioner in Kansas is $80,720 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012)., making it a solid career choice for RNs looking to become NPs.
Nurses who want to advance their education and become nurse practitioners can attend an online school, such as Georgetown University, or one of the Kansas institutions listed below. We recommend requesting materials from several of the schools on out list to ensure that you have enough information to make the best decision about how and where to earn your advanced practice degree.
- Wichita State University. Students at Wichita State can choose from four different Master's-level NP tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The school also offers a DNP nurse practitioner program that is open to nurses with a BSN.
- University of Kansas Medical Center. The University of Kansas offers three Master's-level nurse practitioner programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.
- Fort Hays State University. The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Fort Hays is a hybrid program, with a combination of online classes, on-campus classes and precepted clinical experiences near students' hometowns.