Frequently Asked Questions

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Applications are processed through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing. All application materials must be received before the deadline of the year the student desires to enter the program. Visit www.nursingcas.org to start your application or log into an existing account

NursingCAS charges a nominal application. Please visit http://www.nursingcas.org/prepare-to-apply/fees/ for fee schedule.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences receives approximately 200-300 applications annually.

  1. A maximum of 60 students are selected from the pool of qualified applicants each fall for admission into the Associate of Applied Science program.
  2. A maximum of 60 students are selected from the pool of qualified applicants each fall for admission into the prelicensure baccalaureate program option.
  3. The maximum of 200 qualified applicants are selected for admission into the RN-B.S.N. program option each year.
  4. A maximum of 50 qualified applicants are selected for admission for admission into the B.S.N.-D.N.P. program.

Admission into any school of nursing & health sciences program is determined via a competitive selection process. The number and the quality of the applicants will determine the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Historically, students who have built a solid science foundation, who demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly, and who have excelled in the prerequisite course work have had the highest probability of earning admission. 

Click the link below to see the cost estimates for Resident/Nonresident AAS tuition and fees.

AAS Tuition/Fees 2018

Click the link below to see the cost estimates for Resident/Nonresident BSN tuition and fees.

BSN Tuition/Fees 2018

Click the link below to see the cost estimates for Online, Resident/Nonresident DNP tuition and fees.

DNP Tuition/Fees 2018

No. Faculty are concerned that students have established the foundation that is essential for success in our program.

The TEAS test, or the Test of Essential Academic Skills, is a standardized test commonly used to judge a student’s readiness for enrollment in healthcare-related college programs. Information about the TEAS test can be found at https://atitesting.com/teas-exam.aspx

You will need to ensure that you can take your TEAS test and have your scores reported in time to meet application deadlines. 

No. Applications are not transferrable from year to year. Interested students must reapply annually, by the submission deadline, for admission consideration. Visit www.nursingcas.org to start your application or log into an existing account.

The School of Nursing and Health Science offers the programs and degrees:

  1. Associate of Applied Science in Nursing,
  2. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and
  3. The Doctor of Nursing Practice.

No. The School of Nursing and Health Science does not offer practical or vocational programs.

The School of Nursing and Health Science offers a B.S.N.- Doctor of Nursing Practice pathway offering an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner specialization.

Yes. The A.A.S. program courses are offered primarily during evening hours with nights and some weekend clinicals. The entire RN-B.S.N.  and B.S.N.-D.N.P. program options are available online.

Clinical rotations are held at many health care locations throughout the Frankfort, Lexington, & Louisville regions.

A full-time commitment to study is encouraged.

The RN-B.S.N. is the only option that accepts applications for fall and spring admission.

Yes. The application deadline for fall admission consideration is March 15th. The application deadline for spring admission consideration is November 15th.

Admission is competitive. We look at the whole application package. This includes your letters of reference (professional and academic references), transcripts, goal statement and completion of pre-requisites. All application materials must be received before your file can be reviewed by faculty. 

No, once your application is completed and sent for faculty review, the faculty will determine who will be interviewed. You will be contacted by a staff member to arrange the interview date & time. 

Although the prerequisite/preprofessional courses can be completed either at Kentucky State University or another community college or university, all nursing course work must be completed at Kentucky State University.

No. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences does not require ACT or SAT scores to apply for undergraduate or graduate nursing programs. However, the University may require ACT or SAT scores as a University admission requirement.

No. The School of Nursing and  Health Sciences does not require GRE scores to apply for the graduate nursing program. However, the University may require ACT or SAT scores as a University admission requirement. 

A student must earn competitive admission to the School of Nursing once prerequisite course work is complete. Applications are ranked according to qualifiers including GPA and deficits. Deficits are pre-requisite courses which are not completed prior to application submission. Due to the competitive nature of the admissions process, deficits can significantly impact one’s chances for admission to the nursing major.

Yes. A student may transfer courses from an institution that offers comparable prerequisite or non-major courses that are approved by Kentucky State University and the School of Nursing.

Yes. Applicants may reapply, by the submission deadline, for admission consideration. Visit www.nursingcas.org  to start your application or log into an existing account.

No. Study abroad is not available at this time.

Yes, You will need your own transportation to all clinical and community service agencies. 

Yes. All nursing programs are approved by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Board of Nursing.

No. The School of Nursing and Health Science does not accept deferred enrollment.

Yes, Science courses must be taken within five (5) years of application. Other Support Area courses (e.g., psychology, sociology, statistics, nutrition and human development have a ten (10) year time limit.)

No. We do not admit students who have been dismissed from a nursing program.

Applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 550 (paper) or 80 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information of the TOEFL can be found at https://www.ets.org/toefl

Yes. Students or Registered nurses educated outside of the United States are required to present verification of having passed the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination. In addition, liberal arts and general studies credits earned at institutions of higher learning outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or International Academic Credential Evaluators (IACEI) for determination of transferability prior to submitting an application for admission 

Yes. All nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

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General questions may be emailed to schoolofnursing@kysu.edu. Questions about NursingCAS applications may be emailed to SONadmissions@kysu.edu. We strive to respond to email questions within 72 hours.

Your TEAS score report from ATI must be completed within the year prior to the date of your application.

In a single attempt, you need to earn a minimum composite score of 75%

Yes, There is a fee assessed each time  you take the TEAS examination. Because promotions and discounts may be available it is best to obtain information about the fee from the ATI TEAS web portal. Information about the TEAS can be found at https://atitesting.com/teas-exam.aspx. 

The School of Nursing and Health Science offers the programs and degrees:

  1. Associate of Applied Science in Nursing,
  2. Bachelor of Science prelicensure option,
  3. Bachelor of Science RN-B.S.N. option (for registered nurses),
  4. Doctor of Nursing Practice.