Whether you dream of saving lives at the bedside or making a difference in healthcare leadership, Eastern Kentucky University’s Bachelor of Science Nursing program is the perfect place to start. EKU Nursing has a strong reputation in the healthcare community and outstanding, doctorally-trained faculty with clinical expertise. Start your nursing career no matter where you are in your educational journey. Check out your options below.

Degree Options

On-Campus Online
Pre-RN (traditional licensure BSN) RN to BSN Option
BSN, Second Degree Option

Admission Requirements

Pre-RN (Traditional BSN) Program

Students are admitted to the university as pre-nursing majors. To apply for competitive admission to the clinical nursing sequence during their fourth semester, students must complete:

  • Prerequisite courses with a 2.5 GPA

Second Degree Option:

  • Bachelor’s degree in another field
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Completion of coursework in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition and statistics
  • References
  • Essay

Application for fall semester due March 1

RN-to-BSN Option:

  • Associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited program
  • An RN license from an approved state that is free and unrestricted, meaning that it has not been subject to reprimand, revocation, probation, suspension, restriction, limitation, disciplinary action, discretionary review/hearing or encumbrance nor had any type of complaint filed against it
  • Minimum grade equivalent of a 2.5 (C) or the previous nursing program’s passing grade in any nursing or support course to be transferred

Application for summer enrollment due May 1
Application for fall enrollment due August 1


Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • UK Markey Cancer Center
  • Nurse Corps, U.S. Military

Career Outlook

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EKU School of Nursing
Traditional BSN (pre-RN) option: lisa.garvey@eku.edu
Post RN option (RN-BSN): amanda.ballou@eku.edu
Second Degree option: lisa.garvey@eku.edu