RN to BSN in Kentucky

Of Kentucky’s nearly 4.5 million residents, 42,400 are currently employed as RNs with an average annual salary of $57,520. Nursing salaries in Kentucky can, however, range from $23,290 to $138,900 depending upon one’s level of degree and licensure. In terms of earning potential, Covington, Louisville and Frankfort were the best cities for nurses, with the median annual incomes of $67,248, $65,891 and $65,829, respectively. Lexington and Louisville have the highest number of potential employment opportunities.

Many RNs decide to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to not only increase employment and salary opportunities, but overall patient satisfaction as well. The Kentucky Action Coalition of Goals and Progress is currently working to develop affiliation agreements with BSN programs so that ADN graduates can easily transition to pursuing further education. Below, we have assembled a list of all of the accredited RN to BSN programs in the state to help guide motivated Kentuckians reach the peak of their potential.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Kentucky

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Kentucky’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Beckfield College

$ 311 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program consists of 54 nursing credit hours as part of the 76 quarter credit hours required to graduate.
  • It is possible to finish the program within 18 months if attending school full-time; students enrolled full time will take six terms and those enrolled part time will take nine terms (27 months).
  • The baccalaureate degree at Beckfield College is currently pursuing accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Online 16 Spiral Drive
Florence, KY 41042

Bellarmine University

$ 420 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

November 1st

  • The program consists of only 30 nursing credit hours.
  • A majority of students complete 3 courses per semester; each course lasts seven weeks.
  • Students can complete the nursing program six semesters, although some are able to finish in just 18 months.
Online 2001 Newburg Rd
Louisville, KY 40205-0671

Breckinridge School of Nursing @ ITT Technical Institute

$ 426 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program is structured into two 6-week courses taught consecutively and one 11-week course per quarter for full time students; however, a part-time enrollment option is available.
  • Students generally complete 120 clinical hours by the end of the program.
  • All online students will have access to the ITT Technical Institute virtual library, which includes over 80,000 online books and 17,000 full-text periodicals.
Online 3020 Old Todds Road
Lexington, KY 40509

Eastern Kentucky University

$ 398 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 15
  • Students typically take one course every 8 weeks, enabling them to finish the program in just over two years.
  • With department approval, students can take two courses each 8 week term and finish within one year.
  • Eastern Kentucky University’s Online RN to BSN program ranked #13 in the “Top 50 Best Value Online Program” for 2015 by Value Colleges.
Online 521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475

Galen College of Nursing – Louisville

$ 395 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program consists of 50 credit hours and can be completed in 12 to 16 months.
  • The clinical component consists of 36 contact hours (or 1 credit hour) working in a healthcare setting within range of the student.
  • EKU’s Online RN to BSN program is available to residents of Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
Online 1031 Zorn Avenue , Suite 400
Louisville, KY 40207

Kentucky Christian University

$ 300 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

General Admission

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: January 1

BSN Admission

  • Fall: Accepting applications now
  • Spring: November 1
  • The program consists of 36 credit hours and can be completed within 18 months of study over a two year period.
  • Three of the courses have a clinical component fulfilled by students in their home community.
  • KCU provides all online students the necessary technology and access to a designated distance librarian.
Online 100 Academic Pkwy
Grayson, KY 41143-1199

Kentucky State University

$ 425 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

May 1

  • The program totals 120 credit hours, 35 nursing credit hours, 15 liberal studies credit hours and 12 additional program credit hours. The 70 hours remaining are earned through an accredited nursing associate or diploma program.
  • To provide working students with increased flexibility, courses are structured into 8-week blocks so that students take fewer courses per semester than the typical full load.
  • A minimum of 25% of all required semester credit hours must be earned at Kentucky State University in order to graduate; online courses are considered courses taken at the university for purposes of the residency requirement.
Campus and Hybrid 400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

Midway College

$ 395 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program offers two track options: a 12-month accelerated format and a two-year format.
  • Online/blended format courses meet two or three times throughout the duration of the course.
  • The program consists of 70 BSN nursing required credit hours, 19 hours of supporting requirements and 34 credit hours of general education requirements.
Hybrid 512 E. Stephens St
Midway, KY 40347-1120

Morehead State University

$ 388 resident
$ 844 nonresident

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: Last Friday in March
  • Spring: Last Friday in October
  • The program consists of 65 credit hours.
  • The RN to BSN Online program at Morehead State University is a post-licensure program requiring 120 credit hours total for graduation, 42 of which must be at the 300 level or above.
  • MSU maintains state-of-the-art simulation mannequins that imitate the vital signs and bodily functions of human beings.
Online University Blvd
Morehead, KY 40351

Murray State University

$ 308 per credit hour

Application Deadlines


  • Some students are able to complete the program within just 3 semesters.
  • All RNs receive 32 credit hours from their basic nursing courses.
  • Once admitted, students must complete the program within five years.
Hybrid 218 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3318

Northern Kentucky University

$ 364 resident
$ 399 per hour online

Application Deadlines

  • Priority Deadline: April 1st
  • Regular Deadline: July 31st
  • Online courses are offered in 16 week sessions.
  • Students may apply as a pre-major in order to complete prerequisite courses before being fully accepted into the program.
  • Instead of a traditional clinical experience, NKU ‘s RN to BSN program offers a Leadership Practicum designed to provide a culminating experience.
  • All online students are enrolled in Successful Online Learning Orientation (SOLO), in which they can work at their own pace and revisit as needed.
Online Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Saint Catharine College

$ 372 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Courses are structured into 8 and 16-week long sessions.
  • Most students take two to four courses per semester, completing the program in four to eight semesters. Full-time students can graduate in sixteen months.
  • On-site courses meet only one or two times per week, with remaining coursework available online.
  • All faculty members hold a minimum of a master’s in nursing.
Hybrid 2735 Bardstown Road
St. Catharine, KY 40061

Spalding University

$ 395 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program primarily uses Blackboard to deliver coursework.
  • Spalding is the only university in the Louisville area that offers courses in six-week block sessions.
  • Graduates are prepared to provide evidence-based care.
Hybrid and Online 901 S Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40203-2188

Sullivan University

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program consists of a total of 180 credit hours; 50 of which are general studies credits, 70 of which are upper division nursing credits and 60 of which are block credit from students’ associate or diploma program.
  • Each accelerated course lasts four to eight weeks in length and culminates in a team project.
  • Through the program’s final course, students gain experiential practice in leadership and management in a team-based environment.
Online 3101 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205-3013

Union College

$ 31,075 program total

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The program consists of 41 credit hours of nursing and 12 credit hours of electives.
  • Even those enrolled on a part-time basis can complete the program within 3 years.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 67 transferrable credits from their Associate in Applied Science degree.
Campus 310 College St
Barbourville, KY 40906-1499

University of Kentucky

$ 436 per credit lower division
$ 449 per credit upper division

Application Deadlines

  • Early Decision for Fall: December 1st
  • Regular Admission: February 15th
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer I: February 15
  • Summer II: February 15
  • The faculty at UK strives to incorporate both direct and indirect care activities that impact health outcomes.
  • Two courses include practice experiences: Public Health and Synthesis of Clinical Knowledge for Nursing Practice.
  • The program totals 120 credit hours and is tailored to provide flexibility for working nurses while still providing quality education.
Online South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506-0032

University of Louisville

$ 497 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • The program consists of a total of 120 credit hours, 31 of which are core courses, 30 of which make up students’ portfolio and 60 of which are transferred from students’ ADN.
  • A virtual writing center, tutoring services and library services are available.
  • At the start of the program, all students complete a professional portfolio that provides 30 tuition free credit hours towards the 61 needed to graduate.
Online 2301 S 3rd St
Louisville, KY 40292

University of Pikeville

$ 785 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

May 1st

  • The program consists of 30 credit hours of upper division nursing requirements.
  • Applicants should have earned at least 26 credit hours of the 52 credit hours of general education core requirements.
  • Hybrid courses require one campus meeting per month on a Saturday.
Hybrid and Online 147 Sycamore St
Pikeville, KY 41501

Western Kentucky University

$ 363 resident
$ 927 nonresident

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: September 15
  • The program consists of 36 credit hours of upper division nursing courses.
  • There is one clinical course that can be completed within range of the student's home.
  • Both part-time and full-time options are available.
  • Transfer credits for previous nursing and general education courses are granted.
Campus and Online 1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Kentucky that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Kentucky that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Kentucky has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Kentucky is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Kentucky RN’s with a BSN?

The AC encourages associate degree programs to develop affiliation agreements with BSN programs so their graduates can transition easily.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes, RN to MSN Programs.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC recently organized a subcommittee dedicated to exploring ways to improve nurse leadership statewide.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The state senate passed a bill to remove the collaborative agreement for the writing of prescriptions for non-legend drugs.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The state senate passed a bill to remove the collaborative agreement for the writing of prescriptions for non-legend drugs.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

No specific plans announced.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

No specific plans announced.

Contact Info

Kim Dees

Vice President
Health Professions, Kentucky Hospital Association

Sherry Holmes

Coordinator of Assessment and Special Projects
University of Kentucky College of Nursing

Debbie Thompson

Director Infection Control & Employee Health
St. Elias Hospital

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Kentucky Action Coalition page.

Kentucky Licensing

Kentucky is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Kentucky Department of Health and Human Services.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

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