Nurse practitioners and related positions allow those in the nursing field to advance their skills with higher level education, training and competency. Accordingly, the certification also opens the door for higher income earning capacity and career opportunities as well. Kansas is similar to other states in having a varied approach for nurses seeking advancement to reach their goals.
The state of Kansas allows nurses to develop their nurse practitioner training in four major areas of the field. These include the clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse-midwife, and general nurse practitioner. In all cases, the candidate will need to pass the criteria for a general nurse practitioner license. This includes being able to show proof of meeting one of the following areas below:
1.Having completed a formal secondary or post-basic nurse training educational curriculum located or provided in the state, which has state nursing board approval for the advanced training purpose.
2.Doing the same as number one, but attending a nurse training program out-of-state that has been approved by the state nursing board.
3.Doing the same as number one with a nursing education program that no longer exists, but when it did, the program met the requirements and was approved by the state nursing board when the candidate graduated.
4.The candidate has a certificate or degree showing advanced registered nurse practitioner status that was issued by another state’s nursing board, meets the standards of Kansas state’s board.
5.The candidate has a certificate that shows advanced nurse practitioner training in the area, which the application is seeking approval in, and the program it came from can be documented to show it has both clinical and educational standards consistent with nursing standards in public safety and public health as determined by the nursing profession.
Candidates also need to be able to document performance of over 1,000 hours in advanced nursing practice activities in a licensed facility as well as a master’s degree in a nursing specialization and three hours of college training in advanced pathophysiology. Those seeking to be nurse practitioners in Kansas can draw upon their documentation from a number of sources, but the key factor is that the resource has been approved by the state nursing board ahead of time.
Educational requirements can be obtained from a number of different institution resources, whether they be universities, colleges or trade schools, but the training program and certificate needs to also be approved and on file with the state nursing board to be recognized. As a result, it’s a very good idea for prospective students to check with the Nursing Board of Kansas, if a particular school’s program will be recognized before committing and signing up with tuition payments and relocation costs.