Legal Qualifications for R.N. Licensure

Eligibility for R.N. Licensure in Kansas:

An applicant for a license to practice as a registered professional nurse in Kansas shall:

  1. Have graduated from an approved school of professional nursing in the United States or its territories or from a school of professional nursing in a foreign country which is approved by the board as defined in rules and regulations;
  2. Have obtained other qualifications not in conflict with this act as the board may prescribe by rule and regulation; and
  3. File with the board written application for a license.

Potential Limits to R.N. Licensure in Kansas:

The Kansas State Board of Nursing may deny, revoke, limit or suspend a nursing license. Reasons for this action include fraud or deceit in practicing nursing or in procuring a license; holding a felony conviction; being incompetent; being unable to practice due to abuse of drugs or alcohol; being judged in need of a guardian; exhibiting unprofessional conduct; having violated the provisions of the Kansas Nurse Practice Act; having action taken against your nursing license in another state; and assisting in suicide.
The Kansas Nurse Practice Act was amended in 1997 to add a new provision in the felony section: No person who has been convicted of a felony against persons (as specified in Article 34, Chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, prior to its repeal, or sections 36 through 64-174, 210 or 211 of chapter 136 of the 2010 Session Laws of Kansas and amendments thereto) shall be licensed.
In other felony or misdemeanor instances, the Board of Nursing will conduct an investigation and make an individual decision. Applicants for NCLEX-RN testing and licensure are required to report to the Kansas State Board of Nursing any convictions (or pending actions) for felonies and/or misdemeanors.
A list of reportable misdemeanor convictions is provided by the Kansas State Board of Nursing, included in the Hesston College BSN Student Handbook and available upon request from the Hesston College nursing office.

Taken from: Kansas Nurse Practice Act: Laws and Administrative Regulations. Topeka, KS: Kansas State Board of Nursing, Statutes 65-1115 and 65-1120. (Note: The complete Kansas Nurse Practice Act is available on-line at

Licensure in a State other than Kansas

If a student elects to apply for initial R.N. licensure in a state other than Kansas, it is essential that the student contact the Board of Nursing in that state and inquire into the unique legal limitations and/or educational requirements for state licensure which may have been established. An address for each State Board of Nursing in the United States may be obtained through the Hesston College nursing office.


Admission to and graduation from the Hesston College nursing program does not guarantee eligibility to test for a nursing license in Kansas or any other state.