BSN Programs in Kentucky

There are a dozen different nursing schools in Kentucky that are in our database and have Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing programs. There is a wide range of towns and cities that are host to universities with BSN programs, including Louisville, Murray, and Lexington.

Below are some featured online BSN or BS of healthcare programs, which you can get in touch with directly by clicking the “MORE INFO” button. These programs are currently accepting applicants and are 100% online. Following our featured list is the entire list of all nursing schools in Kentucky.

Full List of BSN Programs in Kentucky

Featured BSN programs accepting Kentucky applicants
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Campus-based programs in Kentucky

Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
The University offers beginners and transfer students an opportunity to become an entry level nurse through their Bachelor of nursing program. Despite its catholic tradition, the university accepts students from all walks of life. The 4-year BSN track consists of a strong foundation of liberal arts courses designed for the freshman year. Prior to applying to the major, students must first be admitted in the university to complete at least 5 courses of the 7 liberal arts courses for the BSN. 

A second application can be made for the major if students have attained a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on all attempted college courses. However, students with a GPA lower than 2.75 but have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0, no prerequisites grades lower than “C” and at least a Grade “B” Anatomy & Physiology and nutrition may be given a chance to be admitted. A personal interview can sometimes be requested for students that meet minimum admission requirements.

Besides the regular BSN curriculum, Bellarmine has an honors program, the Lambda Psi Chapter of SSTI and the student nurses association. There are also numerous departmental scholarships for student nurses, International Exchange and study abroad programs in China, Australia, England, Ontario and Sweden among other locations.

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Berea College

200 N. Main St, Berea, KY 40404

The CCNE accredited BS degree with a major in nursing is designed for students looking forward for initial licensure as registered nurses. First, students must seek general university admission and complete general education courses/Exploring the Major courses designed for the BSN major.  Such courses must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 for students to become eligible to fill-in a Declaration for the Major form.  At least 21 credits must have been completed before applying to the major. Nursing courses starts at the second semester of the sophomore level going forward to the senior year. All major students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for retention and progression through the program. Major students can take advantage of the numerous nursing-specific scholarships offered by the nursing department.

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Eastern Kentucky University

52 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475

The 4-year traditional BSN is one of the three CCNE accredited baccalaureate nursing degrees offered at EKU. Freshman students must indicate their interest in the major during the time of application to the university. Such students remain designated as pre-baccalaureate nursing majors as they complete the first 2 semesters of general university and prerequisites coursework. However, admission as a pre-baccalaureate does not guarantee students entry into the third semester of pre-nursing laboratory courses.  A GPA of 2.5 and approval must be met for students to become eligible for 3rd semester of pre-nursing lab courses.

Admission in the major happens in the 4th semester of sophomore year and students must also have earned an overall GPA of 2.5. However, admission is competitive and limited by spaces availability and meeting admission requirements does not guarantee progression. New students are selected each fall and spring semesters. Upon admission, it is mandatory for students to follow the stipulated sequence of courses and maintain a GPA of 2.0/”C” in the next 4 semesters.

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Midway College

512 E. Stephens St, Midway, KY 40347

The nursing track at Midway College is a unique in that students start a 4-5year journey for which they must become registered nurses along the way before completing the program. It is an Associate of Science and Bachelor of nursing science that builds upon each other in a stipulated sequence. The plan of study involves students being admitted to first complete the Associate degree program and become eligible for the NLCEX-R N exam. After the NCLEX-RN exam and becoming registered nurses, students continue with the BSN coursework. This program is open for beginning high school graduates who would wish to gain employability status while still pursuing their BSN in a flawless fashion.  Even more attracting is the fact that all courses in this degree plan can be completed in a full time day format (women only) or weekend/evening format (co-ed option)

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Morehead state University

316 West 2nd St, Morehead, KY 40351

Morehead offers selective Bachelors of nursing program for students seeking initial licensure as registered nurses. The first step is to get admitted into the university on a general basis before being declared a BSN major.  To be accepted as a freshman, candidates must meet the admission index calculated as follows: GPA *100 plus ACT scores* 10. Candidates whose index falls at 450 and above are granted unconditional admission while those between 400 and 449 can be admitted provisionally. After freshman admission, students can take the set of 31 credits of 1st year general education courses designed for the BSN. Such courses must earn an overall GPA of 2.5 for students to be eligible for the second application for the major. Admission in this second phase major is very competitive and GPA, NLN Pre-admission exam and ACT scores are used to define the admission criteria of the large applicant pool. Transfer students who meet these requirements are also welcome to apply

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Murray State University

102 Curris Center, Murray, KY 42071

For both freshman students at Murray and transfer students, admission into the nursing bachelors program is congruent with completing at least 30 college credits. Such pre-nursing courses must carry a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for students to be eligible to apply to the nursing major track. Admission for the nursing courses occurs at the start of the sophomore year and as such, students must have completed prerequisites courses. Applicants must understand that having meet the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee them a spot in the upper division nursing courses. Admission to the program is selective and limited and is based on a point system that includes cumulative GPA and grades from all prerequisites courses taken. This CCNE accredited program takes four years of full time to complete as long as students follow the outlined university sequence of taking courses.

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Northern Kentucky University

Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099

The BSN program at the university is one of the selective and competitive programs and there are eligibility limitations for the students who wish declare pre-nursing major status. Freshman students must have an ACT composite of 20 to be eligible to have a pre-nursing status. Transfer students on the other hand must have at least 24 credits hours and earned a GPA of 2.5 or better on prior college work for them to have the pre-major status. This case also applies to other NKU un-declared students that wish to change their major. Admission to the major occurs twice annually for fall and spring semesters at the students 3rd semester in the university. When applying for the major all students including freshmen, transfer and major changers must have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all pre-nursing courses. Nursing courses then proceed for another 6 semester/ 3years.  Nursing students take clinical courses at the St. Elizabeth Hospital; a magnet-recognized hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

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Spalding University

901 South 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40203

At Spalding University, traditional BS in nursing students enjoy the benefits of studying in a small Christian university.  The four year program is sectioned into phases; the first 2 years of general education and pre-requisites course and the last two years for upper division nursing courses. Upon completion of phase one, admission to the upper division is reserved for students who have attained a GPA of 3.0 on the phase one courses. Applicants must also have completed a nursing assisting course and earned a Certified Nurse Assistant Status (CNA). In addition, a TEAS V test must be taken prior to applying and must carry a score of 60% or higher. Applicants that meet the minimum requirements must attend an admission interview. It is important to note that the program admits new students only once annually in the fall semester.  Nursing courses are taught mainly in 6-week formats in junior and senior years. Applications must be initiated at the start of the spring semester of sophomore year.

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Thomas Moore College

333 Thomas More Pkwy, Crestview Hills, KY 41017

The Generic Nursing program prepares students at undergraduate level to take their first NLCEX-RN exam and become registered nurses.  Freshmen students complete a 2-tier application process; admission into the university followed by admission into the nursing major. Admission into the university is for students to take prerequisites courses required for the nursing major usually reserved for the freshman year. Applications to the major at the end of 1st year are reserved for students that have completed prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and with grade “C” or better. However, students that do not meet the above requirements can seek continued admission consideration by taking an interview and submitting a nursing essay.

As a Christian university, students will take a few theology courses in the 3rd year along with the upper division nursing courses. The nursing department also has a scholarships program for nursing students that is renewable for the 4 years. The honors program is also open to students with minimum GPA of 3.6 and ACT of 30/SAT of 1340. What’s more, the university has set aside endowed scholarships for study abroad programs.

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University of Kentucky

315 College of Nursing Bldg., Lexington, KY 40536

As a land-grant research university, UK boasts to offer state-of-the-art and comprehensive education and training to beginning bachelors of nursing students.  Freshman students are admitted in the university to complete the required pre-nursing curriculum prior to applying to the professional curriculum. Admission to the latter occurs once annually for classes beginning fall of sophomore year with a few inclusions of nursing support courses throughout the sophomore year.  To be considered for admission in the major, freshman pre-nursing students must have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a similar science GPA.  Applicants also need to have completed a nurse assistant course during their first year to be eligible for the second upper division courses. The option to complete the program on a part time basis is an attractive feature for most students. In addition, talented and academically endowed students at junior and senior level can join the Delta-Psi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

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University of Louisville

555 South Floyd St, Louisville, KY 40202

University of Louisville has two baccalaureate nursing programs; a generic track for recent high school graduates offered at the main campus and a traditional track at the Owensboro campus for transfer students only. The first option is a two tier curriculum consisting of lower division and upper division courses. Students interested in this track are admitted as freshmen and take all their courses at the university. This option offers 20 full time students a guaranteed early admission option on a competitive basis.  Such students are admitted like any regular students but if all pre-nursing lower division courses are freshman are completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0, students become eligible to flawlessly transition into the upper division curriculum. Students that do not meet this requirement apply for admission to the nursing program via a second application.

On the other hand, the Owensboro program is designed for students that have completed lower division at any accredited college and wish to transfer to the university. This campus only offers the upper division courses which take two years to complete. Besides the regular nursing curriculum, the university has numerous special nursing programs that students can get involved in addition to the university honors program and Sigma Theta Tau.

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Western Kentucky University

1906 college Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101

The basic nursing bachelors degree at Western Kentucky is offered at the main campus. It is a limited admission program that has two phases: a lower division phase and a clinical nursing phase. If students complete 45-48 credits in lower division courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.75, they become eligible to apply to the upper division program. This is usually after at the end of the 3rd semester in the sophomore year.  Prior to applying, students must take the HESI nursing entrance exam. Admission occurs twice annually in the fall and spring semesters. Only 80 students out of the 75-150 applicants are selected each semester for the upper division program. Admission is competitive and students are ranked based on GPA, science grades, number of prerequisites courses and HESI scores. The university runs the Kappa Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International for which academically talented students are welcome to join.