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Nurse Academy

Created with a vision to explore the future of nursing, Nurse Academy introduces students to the many career paths available through nursing.

Nurse Academy is a two-day program that introduces high school and college students to the profession of nursing through hands-on experiences and presentations. Through the partnership of The University of Kansas Health System and the University of Kansas School of Nursing, students will have the opportunity to practice hands-on nursing skills, learn about different fields within nursing practice, and tour several different patient care delivery areas in the hospital.

Nurse Academy 2022

We are excited to announce that Nurse Academy has been scheduled for July 12 and 13, 2022.

Application to Nurse Academy

The 2022 Nurse Academy application will open on Monday, March 14, 2022. The application consists of the following sections:

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Letter of Reference (please have the email address of whoever recommends you ready prior to starting the application process)
  3. Personal Experiences (awards, volunteer work, employment, and/or extracurriculars)
  4. Written Essay
    1. Please upload a brief essay with your application answering all of the following questions. No more than one page in length.
      1. What interests you in Nurse Academy? What makes you a good candidate for Nurse Academy?
      2. Examples can include:
        1. Any experiences you’ve had with the healthcare industry or healthcare professionals
        2. Experiences caring for a sick family member or friend
        3. Difficult experience in your life
        4. Personal strengths that help you overcome a difficulty
        5. An accomplishment you are proud of

It is recommended to be prepared with your answers and contact information prior to starting the application. The application will close Friday, April 29, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Thirty to forty (30-40) students will be accepted into the Nurse Academy program.  Due to the large response of applicants, a waitlist will be developed.  Student applicants will be notified by email if they are accepted or placed on the waitlist for the program by Friday, May 20, 2022.

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Our Vision and History

The goal of Nurse Academy is to show high school and college-aged students how rewarding and exciting the nursing profession can be. Since the early 2000s, the KU School of Nursing and The University of Kansas Health System partnered to create a setting where students can learn about the work and skills of nursing through Nurse Academy.

Nurse Academy Activities

Students hear lectures from accomplished nurses and participate in a skills lab, learning skills like starting an IV, suturing and performing CPR. In addition, students will experience The University of Kansas Health System's facilities and care departments, including trauma services, the newborn nursery, the intensive care units, cardiac services, the medical/surgical units, ambulatory care, and the operating room. Additionally, academic and professional activities are offered through nursing program information settings, career path counseling, and resume building.

Nurse Academy Participant Comments

  • “I learned more about what it will take to be a nurse and what I should focus on in school to have a career in the medical field.”
  • “I learned more about the responsibilities of a nurse and how much fun it can be.”
  • “I’ve gained a greater knowledge of the overall job of nurses.”
  • “I learned that there are a lot of different areas in nursing. You can take so many different avenues. You can always do something different.”
Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse Academy accepts between 30 and 40 students each year.

The application process is similar to applying to a school of nursing. An essay and letter of reference are required. Registration forms are included in the application packet. Applicants must submit the required documents by Friday, April 19, 2022, in order to be considered for the program.

Nurses from The University of Kansas Health System and KU School of Nursing faculty lead the program.

Participants may learn about the following areas of nursing:

  • Medical-Surgical
  • Burn and Trauma
  • Cardiology
  • Ambulatory and Outpatient
  • Emergency Department
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Mother/Baby
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Oncology
  • Operating Room and Perioperative
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Physical Assessment Skills
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Drain and Wound Care
  • Hand washing
  • Starting an IV
  • Checking Vital Signs
  • Transferring patients from a bed to a wheelchair
  • Using crutches

Due to the limited number of participants accepted each year, students can only attend one time.

Yes, participants must commit to attending both days. There is a waiting list of interested participants so attending only one day would take away their opportunity to attend both days.

Due to privacy laws, you may not take pictures with your own camera. Nurse Academy faculty will be taking pictures throughout the program and will provide access to the pictures to participants.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days of Nurse Academy. These are provided by generous donations.

Contact Us

Please email us if you have any additional questions at

KU School of Nursing

KU School of Nursing
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mail Stop 2029
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-1619 | TTY 711