Volunteering and actually working with patients in some form is preferred over shadowing, which is just watching someone else work with a patient. KU's School of Nursing values actual patient contact over just observations. 

  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital
  • Healthcare Access: clinic for people without health insurance 
  • Heartland Community Health Center: clinic for people without health insurance 
  • Visiting Nurses Association 
  • Nursing association: hospice 
  • Neuvant House: home for people with dementia 
  • Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center 
  • Crossroads Hospice 
  • Douglas County Senior Services 
  • Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department: uninsured clinic 
  • Midland Care: personal assisting
  • Trinity In Home Care: personal assisting 
  • Overland Park Regional Volunteering

Local CNA Courses

  • Trinity Career Institute in Lawrence, KS / admin@trinitycareerinstitute.com
  • Kansas College of Nursing in Lenexa, KS: 913-248-2338
  • Johnson County Community College in Lenexa, KS: Enroll in course AVHO 102 - 5 credit hours / CPR certification, social security card, and negative TB test are required
  • Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, MO: 816-604-1000
  • Washburn Tech in Topeka, KS: 785-670-2010
  • Bethel House Training Institute in Wichita, KS: 316-771-7315

Extracurricular Activities

Getting into nursing school means going above and beyond your coursework. Below are a few suggestions for extracurriculars that you may want to pursue during your pre-nursing coursework.

  • Contact your local hospital to inquire about shadowing a nurse.
  • Volunteer for healthcare related organizations.
  • Take on leadership roles within other community service projects.
  •  Study Abroad Opportunities: KU Office of Study Abroad
  • KU's PreNursing Club

Research and Nursing Schools

Connect with nursing by visiting the websites listed below--research the profession, explore nursing programs, and evaluate your options for furthering your nursing education.

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