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Kentucky RN Programs

Complete list of schools that offer state-approved registered nursing programs in Kentucky

How to Become a Registered Nurse in Kentucky

The Kentucky Board of Nursing is the agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky governed by the Nurse Practice Act that oversees the nursing programs in Kentucky. Kentucky accepts two degree levels to become a registered nurse; an associates degree and a bachelor degree.


The associates degree can be earned in a two year time frame. The RN Associate Degree Nursing Program is comprised of classroom, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. A combination of classroom lecture with computer based instruction, hands on skills lab and supervised clinical experience in hospitals and medical facilities make the program a successful learning experience for prospective registered nurses.

The courses required to complete this program include: General Education Course, Math, English I and II, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Computer Literacy, Heritage / Humanities, Human Anatomy, Physiology I and II, Medical Microbiology. Additional courses include Nursing I-V. The program consists of a total of 71 credit hours.

There are many community colleges and junior colleges in the state of Kentucky that offer the associates degree program for registered nurses. Once the associates degree has been earned the student must take the National Certification Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required to practice as a Registered Nurse.

The second degree available to prospective registered nurses is the bachelor degree. The bachelor degree requires pretty much the same basic course work that the associates degree does but because it is a four-year college degree program it goes several steps beyond the initial two years of classes. A prospective registered nurse may enroll as a beginning student with no previous nursing courses which takes up to four years to complete. Typically nursing students in an RN program at a four year college are required to complete at least 120 credit hours to graduate.

A registered nurse with an associate’s degree may enter an RN to BSN program which allows them to complete the BSN degree without retaking the nursing courses, allowing them to finish their degree much faster. Most RN to BSN programs are not full time programs allowing the registered nurse the opportunity to work while attending classes.

The purpose of the BSN program is to provide excellent professional education. Gradates of the BSN program are eligible for higher paying registered nursing positions such as management and nursing specialty fields. Most administrative positions required a BSN degree to apply.

BSN graduates are also required to take and pass the National Certification Licensure Examination (RN-NCLEX) to become licensed before beginning work as a registered nurse.



Kentucky Associates Degree RN Programs

Ashland Community & Technical College

1400 College Drive
Ashland, KY 41101
Phone: (606) 329-2999, x2086

Beckfield College

16 Spiral Drive
Florence, KY 41042
Phone: (859) 371-9393

Big Sandy Community & Technical College

One Bert T. Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Phone: (606) 886-3863, x67160

Bluegrass Community & Technical College – Cooper Drive Campus

Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40506
Phone: (859) 257-4872, x4001

Bluegrass Community & Technical College – Lawrenceburg Campus

1500 Bypass North, US 127
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Phone: (502) 839-8488

Bowling Green Technical College

129 State Avenue
Glasgow, KY 42141
Phone: (270) 901-1201

Campbellsville University – School of Nursing

1 University Drive
Campbellsville, KY 42718
Phone: (270) 789-5155

Daymar College

3361 Buckland Square
Owensboro, KY 42301
Phone: (270) 903-8025

Eastern Kentucky University

521 Lancaster Avenue, 220 Rowlett
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-1942

Elizabethtown Community & Technical College

600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: (270) 769-2371, x68511

Gateway Community & Technical College

790 Thomas More Parkway
Edgewood, KY 41017
Phone: (859) 442-4150

Hazard Community & Technical College

One Community College Drive
Hazard, KY 41701
Phone: (606) 436-5721, x73298

Henderson Community College

2660 South Green Street
Henderson, KY 42420
Phone: (270) 831-9730

Hopkinsville Community College

North Drive, P.O. Box 2100
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Phone: (270) 707-3840

ITT Technical Institute

9500 Ormsby Station Road, Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40223
Phone: (502) 327-7424

Jefferson Community & Technical College

109 East Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 213-2397

Kentucky State University

400 East Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-5957

Lincoln Memorial University – Corbin Campus

Baptist Regional Medical Center
The Learning Center, 1 Trillium Way
Corbin, KY 40701
Phone: (800) 325-0900

Madisonville Community College

750 North Laffoon Street
Madisonville, KY 42431
Phone: (270) 824-1784

Maysville Community & Technical College

1755 US 68
Maysville, KY 41056
Phone: (606) 759-7141

Maysville Community & Technical College – Licking Valley

1094 US 27 South, Suite A
Cynthiana, KY 41031
Phone: (859) 234-6689

Midway College

512 E. Stephens Street
Midway, KY 40347
Phone: (859) 846-5346

Morehead State University

150 University Blvd., Box 715
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: (606) 783-2438

Morehead State University – Mt. Sterling

3400 Indian Mound Drive
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
Phone: (606) 783-2438

National College

50 National College Blvd.
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: (606) 432-5477

Owensboro Community & Technical College

4800 New Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303
Phone: (270) 686-4549

Pikeville College

147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: (606) 218-5750

Somerset Community College

808 Monticello Street
Somerset, KY 42501
Phone: (606) 451-6737

Somerset Community College – Laurel Campus

100 University Drive
London KY 40741
Phone: (606) 451-6737

Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College

700 College Street
Cumberland, KY 40823
Phone: (606) 589-3096

St. Catharine College

2735 Bardstown Road
St. Catharine, KY 40061
Phone: (859) 336-5082, x1205

West Kentucky Community & Technical College

P.O. Box 7380
Paducah, KY 42002
Phone: (270) 534-3372



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Approved Kentucky RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of Kentucky. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the Kentucky State Board of Nursing. The two most common types of RN programs are: two-year Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and four-year Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN). Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the Kentucky Board of Nursing and approved by the state of Kentucky, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to verify that state-approved nursing schools also enjoy national accreditation if this is something that is important to them.

Bachelor Degree Kentucky RN Programs

Bellarmine University

2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: (502) 452-8215

Berea College – Department of Nursing

CPO 2190
Berea, KY 40404
Phone: (859) 985-3380

Eastern Kentucky University

223 Rowlett, 521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-1827

Kentucky Christian University – Yancey School of Nursing

100 Academic Parkway
Grayson, KY 41143
Phone: (606) 474-3255

Lindsey Wilson College

210 Lindsey Wilson Street
Columbia, KY 42728
Phone: (270) 384-7352

Morehead State University – School of Nursing

Reed Hall 234
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: (606) 783-2296

Murray State University – Department of Nursing

120 Mason Hall
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: (270) 809-2193

Northern Kentucky University

303 Albright Health Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Phone: (859) 572-5248

Spalding University

845 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: (502) 585-9911, x2332

Thomas More College – Department of Nursing

333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017
Phone: (859) 344-3508

University of Kentucky

315 CON Building, 760 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536
Phone: (859) 323-5108

University of Louisville

School of Nursing
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: (502) 852-1196

Western Kentucky University

2355 Nashville Road
WKU South Campus
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: (270) 780-2506
***ADN Program Also Offered***

Western Kentucky University – School of Nursing

1906 College Heights Blvd., #11036
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: (270) 745-3391
***ADN Program Also Offered***


Kentucky RN Resources

Kentucky Board of Nursing
Kentucky Nurses Association
2010-2011 Registered Nurses Occupational Outlook
Kentucky Nursing Leadership Programs

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