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Application packets for 2020-2021 school year will be available late September 2019. Priority deadline to the Nursing program is January 31, however applications can still be received until March 1. If you have questions or need more information, contact the Nursing office in the Technical building or call (620) 792-9357.

About Barton Nursing

A career in nursing provides a wide variety of job opportunities. Nurses practice in many settings (hospitals, long term care facilities, community agencies, clinics, schools) and care for all age groups.

Barton offers 2 types of programs for people wanting to enter the field of nursing: Certificate in Practical Nursing (PN) and an Associates in Applied Science Degree in Nursing (ADN). A student completes the first two semesters of the program to earn a PN certificate and is eligible to take the NCLEX-PN® to become Licensed Practical Nurse. The graduate then can decide to continue their education or enter the work force.

When the LPN wants to continue their education they may apply for the second year of the nursing program, graduates will receive the Associate in Applied Science degree and is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® to become a Registered Nurse.

Whether you are interested in becoming an LPN or an RN Barton Community College can meet your needs. We welcome your interest in nursing and encourage you to come in to discuss your educational possibilities and take a tour of our new nursing area. Read the letter to prospective students for more information.

What are the differences in levels of Nursing?

Practical Nurses (PNs): Care for the sick, injured, persons with disabilities or convalescent. They bring their caring, sympathetic natures to hospitals, home health care services, nursing care facilities, physicians’ offices and other health care providers and agencies. PNs work under the direction of physicians and registered nurses.

Registered Nurses (RNs): A health care professional responsible for implementing the practice of nursing through the use of the nursing process in concert with other health care professionals. RNs work as patient advocates for the care and recovery of the sick and maintenance of their health. RNs use the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care of the sick and injured. RNs also provide advice and emotional support to patient’s family members.

What does Barton offer?

  • Practical Nurse (PN) program: Certificate (45 credit hours)
  • Registered Nurse (RN) program: Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Well-rounded and demanding coursework
    • Prepares students with nursing skills needed to start their careers
    • Provides nursing education from pre-birth to death
  • Clinical partnerships allow students to gain nursing experiences in the various aspects of nursing including obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, intensive care, and medical-surgical units.
  • State and nationally affiliated Barton Nursing Club allows students to interact with other students and network with health care professionals.
  • Faculty members with experience in nursing, up-to-date education in nursing skills and teaching techniques.
  • Excellent new facilities including two simulation labs.

Why Barton’s Nursing Program?

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020

The program is currently accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through 2022.

    Student Achievement Data

      2016-17 2017-2018 2018-2019
    Licensure Pass Rates ADN - 88.89%
    PN - 100%
    ADN - 80.77%
    PN - 100%
    ADN - 92.3%
    PN - 100%
    Completion Rates ADN - 86.2%
    PN - 58%
    ADN - 76.5%
    PN - 50%
    ADN - 65%
    PN - 77.8%
    Employment Rates ADN - 89%
    PN - 100%
    ADN - 92.3%
    PN - 100%
    ADN - 100%
    PN - 100%

    Nursing Program Admissions Information

    Updated Information Coming Soon. If you would like a Nursing Application, please contact the Renae Skelton at (620) 792-9357 or by email

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    Occupational Outlook and Earnings

    • Practical Nurses (PNs):
      • Projected to grow faster than average with overall job prospects expected to be very good. The best opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home health care services.
      • Average earnings range between $31,080 to $43,640
    • Registered Nurses (RNs):
      • Overall job opportunities for RNs are expected to be excellent and expected to grow much faster than the average.
      • Average earnings range between $47,710 to $69,850

    Source: 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook

    Teas Nursing Test

    The ATI TEAS assesses the academic preparedness of entry-level nursing students in Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage. A ATI TEAS Study Manual and online practice assessments are available for the students to use for preparation and review at ATI Testing. Make sure you study for the ATI TEAS test. If you took a different version of the TEAS test you will have to take the ATI TEAS test.

    When taking the ATI TEAS, students will demonstrate reading skills in paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences and conclusions. The math section will measure their knowledge of whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions and decimals, algebraic application, percentages, ratio and proportion, and data interpretation. Science covers scientific reasoning, life science, chemical science, physical science, human body science, and general science.  And in the English section, students will tackle punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling.

    Curriculum Guides

    Barton Nursing Programs are approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through 2022.

    Starting in 2006, Barton became a 1+1 nursing program. What this means is Barton’s nursing program will have an application process for both levels of the program.

    To enter the Practical Nursing Program, you must complete the application process and be able to pass a background check. For more information on the admissions criteria, contact the Nursing Department at 620-792-9357. After completing the PN Program, you will receive a Vocational Certificate.

    Entry into the RN Program requires completion of Barton’s PN Program or another recognized Practical Nursing Program, completion of the application process and the ability to pass a background check. At the completion of the RN Program you will receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Completion of either the PN or RN Programs makes you eligible to take national licensure examinations for Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses.

    2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use should use the following Curriculum Guide. 

    2018-2020 Practical Nursing (45 hours - degree guide)
    2018-2020 Practical Nursing (45 hours - semester guide) 

    Associate in Applied Science Degree
    2018-2020 Nursing - RN (70 hours - degree guide)
    2018-2020 Nursing - RN (70 hours - semester guide) 

    Associate of Science Degree
    2018-2020 AS Nursing Transfer

    2020-2022 Curriculum Guides: Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the following Curriculum Guide.

    2020-2022 Practical Nursing (45 hours - degree guide)

    Associate in Applied Science Degree
    2020-2022 Nursing - RN (70 hours - degree guide) 

    Associate of Science Degree
    2020-2022 AS Nursing Transfer

    For information about pre-requisites and application requirements for Barton's nursing program, please contact Renae Skelton at (620) 792-9357 or by email

    If you are not planning to enter the nursing program at Barton, but want to take classes at Barton before transferring to a four-year institution to obtain your Bachelor's in Nursing, please contact Advisement Center at or (620) 792-9225 for advising assistance. Students should also contact the college/university to where they are transferring concerning degree requirements within the appropriate department or college.

    College to University
    Barton has agreements with four year colleges that specifically direct your studies in certain programs for seamless transition from Barton to the transfer school.  Students should utilize the expertise of academic advisors on campus, as well as information gained by contacting colleges and universities concerning degree requirements within the appropriate departments or colleges.

    University of Kansas 
    Contact Information: Jill R. Hofmeister at (913) 588-1619 or

    Chamberlain College 
    Chamberlain College of Nursing, 3005 Highland Parkway, Downers Grove, IL 60515
    Contact Information: Elisabeth Brimer, Healthcare Development Specialist at