Registered nurses who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing can apply for our RN-BSN option. In addition to completing the University Studies Program requirements, the student completes the course work listed in the Sample Plan of Study. Electives may be required to fulfill minimum, in-residence University credit hour requirements.
All RN-BSN courses are taught in a distributed learning format (with the exception of pharmacology and pathophysiology, which are totally online). Most classes meet approximately once each month on Saturday. Between class meetings you work on assignments that include some online work and some independent study.
Two courses include clinical components - Public Health Nursing (approximately six hours of clinicals each week) and Synthesis of Clinical Knowledge for Nursing Practice (120 on-site clinical hours and 112 hours of clinical research and clinical writing during the eight-week summer session following completion of the other courses in the curriculum). The faculty will work with you to try to find clinical sites in your area. Synthesis is a capstone course, completing the BSN experience.
To be considered for admission to the RN-BSN Option and to professional nursing courses, students must complete specific prerequisites and requirements:
- Graduation from an accredited nursing program with a minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA on a 4.0 scale for all college work.
- Associate degree must be from a college accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations (SACS, MSACS, NEASC, NCA-HLC, NWCCU, or WASC)
- Statement of academic and professional goals
- RN licensure is required to progress to the second semester of the curriculum or prior to beginning clinical experiences.
- Two professional references
**Application deadline extended to July 15. Applicants who apply after 3/15 will be placed on a waiting list and considered on a space-available basis.**>
March 1 is the deadline (See above for extension to July 15.) for receipt of all application materials to the RN-BSN Option, which only admits students to the professional nursing curriculum for each fall semester.
Apply online at www.nursingcas.org. Create an account and manage your application through their portal. THIS REPLACES THE UK AND THE COLLEGE OF NURSING APPLICATIONS. You will submit your goal statement, letters of reference and transcripts from all colleges attended to this service. If you encounter any problems with the nursingcas.org Web site, please contact them at (617) 612-2880.
Notification of Admission
Applications will be reviewed after the deadline and decision letters will be mailed on a rolling basis. All applicants will receive notification by May 30.
Final admission will be granted when a copy of the applicant's current Kentucky nursing license is received by the College of Nursing. Do NOT submit this to NursingCAS.
or call (859) 323-5108.