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 The Kansas Nursing Initiative was developed to address the growing nursing shortage in the state by providing needed resources to nursing education programs. The 2006 Legislature responded to the nursing shortage with funds for postsecondary institutions with nursing programs through a competitive grant process and required matching funds from the institution.

Today, subject to annual appropriation from the Legislature, $1.7 million is available to both public and privately-funded educational institutions with registered nursing programs. These grant funds support faculty and nursing lab supplies with the goal of improving program quality and student success.

Eligibility criteria are:

  • The program must be approved by the Kansas Board of Nursing and nationally accredited;
  • The most recent three-year average NCLEX test scores must be at or above the three-year national average; and
  • There must be documented articulation of one of the following: Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing, or Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice.

To assist those programs not meeting the above criteria, a portion of funds is set aside for alternate applications to:

  • Obtain national accreditation; or
  • Improve NCLEX scores.

Grants are awarded on a yearly basis, which allows institutions to address deficiencies and become eligible for additional funding in subsequent years.


FY25 Kansas Nursing Initiative Grant


FY24 Kansas Nursing Initiative Grant



  For more information or assistance with this initiative, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785.430.4272.