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University Honors Program

The School of Nursing encourages all qualified undergraduates to participate in the University Honors Program.

Departmental Honors Program

The School of Nursing’s Departmental Honors Program offers enhanced educational opportunities for the most academically talented, promising, and motivated baccalaureate students while providing a foundation for leadership development and articulation into graduate education.

Students in the School of Nursing Honors Program develop and complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty research mentor. Students must make formal application and be admitted to the honors program to take honors courses. Once admitted to the program, students may use departmental honors courses to help meet the requirements of the University Honors Program.

Selection criteria for the Nursing Honors Program are as follows:

  • Enrollment in the basic B.S.N. program
  • Full-time status
  • Overall grade-point average of 3.25 or higher contingent on earning a nursing grade-point average of 3.5 or higher at the end of the fall semester (exceptions are considered on an individual basis)
  • Completion of Nursing Honors Program application

Academic progression through the honors curriculum is evaluated on an individual basis. However, to graduate with departmental honors from the School of Nursing, the student must attain an overall grade-point average of 3.25 with a nursing grade-point average of 3.5 and satisfactory grades in all clinical practicum courses, complete all required courses in the Nursing Honors Program, and have their oral and written reports of research findings certified.

The honors curriculum comprises the following courses:

  • NURS 382 Honors Seminar (1 credit hour) spring of junior year
  • NURS 481 Evidence Based Practice: Translating Research Into Practice (2 credits in summer)
  • NURS 482 Honors Practicum (1 credit hour) fall of senior year
  • NURS 483 Honors Practicum (1credit hour) spring of senior year

Students who successfully complete the Nursing Honors Program are recognized in the following ways:

  • The notation of Departmental Honors on the official university transcript
  • An official certificate indicating graduation with B.S.N. Honors
  • Listing in the School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony program
  • Formal recognition at the School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony
  • Listing in the University of Kansas Commencement Program
  • Formal recognition at the Cording Ceremony on the Lawrence campus for students also completing the University Honors Program

For more information, contact the undergraduate recruiter.

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