Kentucky Nursing School Programs:
ADN, BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN

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Kentucky Nursing School Programs organized by degree type:

  • ASN
  • BSN
  • BSN Accelerated
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to MSN

Looking for a rewarding career high in demand and with high starting pay? Then becoming a registered nurse is for you!

According to the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing field is growing much faster than average with median pay above $32 per hour. These results are partly due to the fact that the nursing field is continually transforming into an increasingly advanced healthcare profession.

The following is a list of accredited nursing school programs organized by degree type: ASN, BSN, BSN Accelerated, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN. Each school has basic information listed about their program, including:

  • Prerequisites (GPA, SAT/ACT, TEAS scores, etc.)
  • Concentrations (MSN degrees)
  • Accreditation
  • Location
  • Length of Program

Why only accredited nursing schools? Because accreditation guarantees you will receive the education and experience you need to pass your state's licensing test. Accreditation means you will be doing your clinicals in a hospital rather than a museum (We wish that was a joke!). Anyone can create an educational program and call it a nursing program, but the only way to guarantee the quality of that program is accreditation by ACEN or CCNE.

Kentucky ADN School Programs


An associate's degree in nursing is basically the only associate's degree that can land you a job making over $20 per hour, guaranteed. However, many hospitals are requiring their nurses to obtain their BSN within 5 years of becoming employed.

Eventually, the Associate's degree in nursing will be phased out completely, since hospitals are being encouraged to have BSN nurses employed by such forces as Magnet status awarded by ANCC. This push towards nurses having a Bachelor's degree comes from the fact that the Registered Nurse position is becoming a more advanced medical profession.

For the time being, while hospitals are still hiring nurse's with associate's degrees, one career pathway some students take is to get their Associate's Degree in Nursing, followed by doing an online RN to BSN program. This pathway is often more cost effective, although finding a job with an associate's degree may be more difficult than for someone having a Bachelor's in Nursing.

Daymar College Kentucky ASN

Kentucky State University ADN

Morehead State University ADN

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum ACT of 20; Minimum 3.0 GPA in: Anatomy, Physiology, English, and Math; Minimum College GPA of 2.0; etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Morehead, KY

Western Kentucky Community & Technical College

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Admission Requirements
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Paducah, KY
  • Details: Also offered is an LPN-RN option.

Western Kentucky University School of Nursing ASN

  • Length of Program: 4 semesters
  • Prerequisites: ACT of 23 OR Minimum College GPA of 2.75 (more than 10 college credits), etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Bowling Green, KY
  • Details: WKU also offers an LPN to ASN option.

Kentucky BSN Traditional School Programs


Many schools offering BSN traditional programs accept students into the program as Freshman; however some schools consider the first two years to be "pre-nursing" and acceptance into the last two years of the "nursing" portion of the program can be competitive. Be sure to find out if acceptance into the program guarantees acceptance for the entire four years, since this will differ from school to school.

Students obtaining their BSN will be more competitive as job-seekers than their Associate degree peers. However, due to the high growth rate of the nursing field, rarely does a brand new Registered Nurse have problems finding a job within the first six months, no matter what kind of degree they have.

Eastern Kentucky University

Kentucky Christian University BSN

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum ACT of 18 or SAT of 1270, Submit 2-3 Christian Character References, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Grayson, KY
  • Details: Acceptance into the nursing program is competitive, and being admitted to Kentucky Christian University does not guarantee acceptance into the Yancey School of Nursing.

Morehead State University BSN

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum ACT of 20; Minimum 2.5 GPA in: Anatomy, Physiology, and Math; Minimum College GPA of 3.0; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Morehead, KY

Murray State University BSN

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum 2.75 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Murray, KY

Northern Kentucky University BSN Traditional

  • http://healthprofessions.nku.edu/departments/nursing/undergrad/bsn.html
  • Length of Program: 3 years (after prerequisites/general education) / 4 years total
  • Prerequisites: Minimum College GPA of 3.0, Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, Eligible to take Psychological Chemistry & Statistics, (All science classes must be less than 8 years old), etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Highland Heights, KY

Spalding University BSN

Thomas More College BSN

  • http://www.thomasmore.edu/nursing/
  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum 2.75 GPA, Minimum ACT of 20 or SAT of 940, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Crestview Hills, KY

University of Kentucky College of Nursing BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) or State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) class, CPR/First Aid certification through American Heart Association (AMA), Minimum 2.75 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Lexington, KY

University of Louisville BSN

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum 2.8 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Louisville, KY; Owensboro, KY

Western Kentucky University School of Nursing BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: ACT of 23 OR Minimum College GPA of 2.75 (more than 10 college credits), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, ACEN, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Bowling Green, KY

Kentucky BSN Accelerated School Programs


BSN Accelerated degrees are for career-changers who already have a Bachelor's degree in a different field. Typically, acceptance into these programs only require that certain prerequisite classes have been taken and that the student has at least a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA.

Eastern Kentucky University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • http://bsn-gn.eku.edu/second-degree-bsn
  • Length of Program: 21 months
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Statistics (all science class must be less than 5 years old), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Richmond, KY

Northern Kentucky University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • http://healthprofessions.nku.edu/departments/nursing/undergrad/accelerated.html
  • Length of Program: 16 months
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum College GPA of 3.0, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Psychology, Healthcare Informatics, Nutrition, Microbiology, Statistics, Growth & Development (All science classes must be less than 8 years old), etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Highland Heights, KY

Spalding University BSN Accelerated

University of Kentucky College of Nursing BSN Accelerated

  • Length of Program: 1-2 years
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Minimum 2.75 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Microbiology, Statistics, Chemistry, Psychology, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Lexington, KY
  • Details: Applicants to the University of Kentucky's Second-degree Nursing program are instructed to not apply through the school, but instead they give a link to apply online at a nursing application service.

Western Kentucky University School of Nursing BSN Accelerated

  • Length of Program: 4 semesters
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Statistics, Medical Terminology, Chemistry for Health Professionals, Human Nutrition, College Algebra, Minimum 2.75 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, ACEN, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Bowling Green, KY

Kentucky RN to BSN School Programs


Most RN to BSN school programs are offered online, or are a hybrid of online/on-campus courses. These schools assume you are currently working as an RN, and since you have already proven a certain level of knowledge with your licensure, they often offer great flexibility for obtaining your BSN.

The RN to BSN program option has gained in popularity due to the push towards requiring nurses to have a Bachelor's level education.

Eastern Kentucky University RN to BSN

  • http://bsn-gn.eku.edu/rn-bsn
  • Length of Program: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, Kentucky RN license, Minimum 2.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Richmond, KY)

Kentucky Christian University RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 18 months
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Grayson, KY

Kentucky State University RN to BSN

Morehead State University RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 3 semesters (after prerequisite classes)
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Morehead, KY)

Murray State University RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: Approximately 1 year
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, Kentucky RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Murray, KY; Paducah, KY; Hopkinsville, KY; Henderson, KY; Madisonville, KY; Ft. Campbell, KY
  • Details: Murray State University's RN to BSN program is a hybrid program, involving online and on-campus class formats.

Northern Kentucky University RN to BSN

Spalding University RN to BSN

  • http://spalding.edu/academics/nursing/nursing-degrees/
  • Length of Program: 1 year Full-time
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Louisville, KY
  • Details: Spalding University's RN to BSN program is in a hybrid format with online and on-campus class formats.

Thomas More College RN to BSN

University of Kentucky College of Nursing RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 1-2 years
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Two Professional References, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Lexington, KY

University of Louisville RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 5 semesters Part-time
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Louisville, KY)

Western Kentucky University School of Nursing RN to BSN

  • http://www.wku.edu/nursing/rn_to_bsn.php
  • Length of Program: Full and Part-time options
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Bowling Green, KY

Out-of-State RN to BSN Nursing Schools

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Indiana Wesleyan University

Southeast Missouri State University RN to BSN

  • http://www.semo.edu/nursing/rn/index.html
  • Length of Program: 3 semesters Full-time; 5-6 semesters Part-time
  • Prerequisites: ASN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.8 Cumulative GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  • Details: Southeast Missouri State University's RN to BSN program is completely online.

University of Cincinnati's School of Nursing

Kentucky MSN Traditional School Programs


The basic MSN options are Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, and various Nurse Practitioners. Typically, nursing education and leadership are offered online and are easier to obtain. However, due to the ease of obtaining these MSN degrees and the lack of jobs in the field (in relation to supply), it is not uncommon for RN's with MSN's in education or leadership to have difficulty finding a job.

Conversely, Nurse Practitioners are in high demand, having much of the authority of Medical Doctors. If you visit an outpatient clinic, the person seeing you may actually be an NP instead of a doctor, which is a growing trend in the healthcare field. A Nurse Practitioner is a professional somewhere in-between a Medical Doctor (MD) and a Physician's Assistant (PA).

Also a growing trend is a desire for Nurse Practitioners with Doctorate degrees (DNP), as the NP profession becomes more and more like the MD end of the spectrum. This typically means more authority and more pay.

Eastern Kentucky University MSN

Murray State University MSN

  • Concentrations: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Nurse Anesthesia
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Kentucky RN license, Minimum 1 year experience (depends on concentration), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Murray, KY

Northern Kentucky University MSN

Spalding University MSN

  • http://spalding.edu/academics/nursing/nursing-degrees/
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: 2 years Full-time; 3 years Part-time
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Kentucky or Indiana RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Louisville, KY

University of Louisville MSN

  • Concentrations: Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner, Adult Acute Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Additional Requirements, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Louisville, KY)

Western Kentucky University School of Nursing MSN

  • http://www.wku.edu/nursing/msn.php
  • Concentrations: Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license (Kentucky or compact state), Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Bowling Green, KY

Out-of-State MSN Nursing Schools

Chamberlain College of Nursing MSN

Indiana Wesleyan University MSN

Ohio University School of Nursing MSN

  • http://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nrse/academics/online-msn.cfm
  • Length of Program: 2+ years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Resident of Ohio, Kentucky, or West Virginia
  • Accreditation: CCNE, OH Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Athens, OH)
  • Details: The MSN program is completely online. Clinicals can be done at an approved location close to where you live.

Kentucky RN to MSN School Programs


For Registered Nurses who want to obtain their BSN and MSN at the same time, or for RN's who have a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, many schools offer RN to MSN programs. The only drawback to these programs is that generally only Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership are possible degree concentrations. If you have any interest in becoming a Nurse Practitioner, then the more traditional route is more appropriate.

Note: Some schools do not award a BSN through their RN to MSN option, offering only a direct path from ASN to MSN. Your work experience will likely play a large role in finding a job with your MSN if you do not have a Bachelor's degree to go with it.

Spalding University RN to MSN

Western Kentucky University School of Nursing RN to MSN

  • http://www.wku.edu/nursing/msn.php
  • Concentrations: Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator
  • Prerequisites: ASN & Bachelor's degree, RN license (Kentucky or compact state), Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Location: Bowling Green, KY

Out-of-State RN to MSN Nursing Schools

Chamberlain College of Nursing

  • http://www.chamberlain.edu/admissions/undergraduate/rn-bsn-to-msn
  • Length of Program: 2 Years
  • Prerequisites: RN License, Minimum GPA of 3.0 in Chamberlain’s RN to BSN coursework
  • Concentrations: Informatics, Healthcare Policy, Executive, Educator Tracks
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online
  • Details: Students earn their BSN and MSN at the same time. This program is mainly for students earning their BSN through Chamberlain’s RN to BSN program.


State List of Nursing School Programs

Disclaimer: Nursing schools sometimes change their prerequisites and other information. Accreditation is also renewable, which means nursing schools can lose their accreditation. While we attempt to keep all information up-to-date, the most reliable source of information is the actual nursing school website (links are provided). This website is for information purposes only and currently has no affiliation with any particular nursing school.

Nursing Abbreviations: Quick Reference


Abbreviations for Degrees and Titles

  • ASN/ADN = Associate of Science in Nursing / Associate Degree in Nursing
  • BSN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN = Master of Science in Nursing
  • CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant
  • LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse
  • RN = Registered Nurse
  • NP = Nurse Practitioner (Masters/Doctorate degree level education)
  • CNS = Clinical Nurse Specialist (Masters/Doctorate degree level education)

College Assessment Exams

  • ACT = American College Testing program (Undergraduate college entrance exam)
  • SAT = Scholastic Aptitude Test (Undergraduate college entrance exam)
  • TEAS = Test of Essential Academic Skills
  • HESI A2 = Health Education Systems Inc. Admission Assessment
  • GRE = Graduate Record Examination (Graduate college entrance exam)

Accreditation Agencies

  • ACEN = Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • CCNE = Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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