The School of Nursing offers an Associate in Applied Science (ADN), the LPN-RN Bridge, and the RN-BSN Completion programs. The ADN program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) (312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40222; 502/329-7000).

The ADN and the RN-BSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404) 975-5000). Upon successful completion of the ADN program and successfully passing of the National Council Licensure Examination – RN (NCLEX-RN), graduates qualify to practice as licensed registered nurses in Kentucky.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

The ACEN accredited RN-BSN completion program is designed to allow associate degree registered nurses to continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program requires 120 hours of study. The curriculum includes 35 nursing credit hours and 15 liberal studies credit hours.  The remaining 70 hours is comprised of 35 nursing credit hours, 23 liberal studies credit hours, and 12 additional program credit hours transferred from an accredited two-year nursing program or completed prior to program admission. The program must be completed within a five (5) year period (for all students admitted). Student must meet the Rising Junior requirement as outlined by the University.

The nursing courses are divided into eight week blocks. Students complete six (6) courses each semester for a total of 17 and 18 hours, respectively, allowing for completion of the program in one (1) year if the required liberal studies courses have been completed and the student is enrolled full-time. All students starting nursing courses must begin with NUR 321 and end with NUR 426.  The following courses are to be taken in sequence starting each fall semester:  NUR 321, 323, 325, 326, 422, 423, 425, and 426.  A part time option also exists for students wishing to take more time to complete the requirements. To allow for this option the following nursing course may be taken out of sequence along with liberal studies:  NUR 321, 322, 324, 421, 424.

Liberal Studies Courses:

The following liberal studies courses are required:  foreign language (6 credit hours of the same language), SPE 103, ART 130 OR MUS 130 OR THE 130 OR ENG 211, and IGS 200.  Nursing students may also fulfill their general education requirement through the “WYS Honors Nursing Core.”  The additional required program credit hours include BIO 204, PSY 300, PSY 303, and FNU 104 OR CHE for Health Sciences, OR CLE 299.

The RN-BSN faculty delivers much of the course content through an Electronic Learning Management System (this is not an online nursing program).  Students are required to come to the School of Nursing (on campus) for RN-BSN orientation, Senior Capstone presentations, and/or attend other class experiences.

Admission Requirements:  Admission is once a year in the fall.  Application deadline is May 1.  The RN-BSN applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an unencumbered license to practice registered nursing in the state of Kentucky.  Registered Nurses with a license that has been limited, suspended, or revoked are not eligible for admission.
  • Have a CUM GPA of 2.0 or better in ADN/diploma coursework OR most recent college work.
  • Submit a copy of a current CPR certification (must maintain while in program).
  • Submit a copy of active professional liability insurance (must maintain while in program).
  • Be admitted to the University.
  • Submit a professionally written admission essay to the School of Nursing explaining the careers goals that earning a BSN will allow a nurse to achieve.  Essay must be 200-250 words typed.
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation from professional sources (one may be from an employer and one from former nursing instructor.

Applicants who have or will be graduating from an ADN program who still need to sit for NCLEX-RN may be considered for conditional admission provided that all other requirements have been met.  These applicants must have received their registered nursing license by August 1.

Submission of all requirements listed above must be completed by May 1 of each year in order for application to be complete.  Incomplete applications will not be evaluated for admission.

RN-BSN Program Requirements:

  • Students must achieve a letter grade of “C” or better in all liberal studies and nursing courses in order to remain in the program (a course may be repeated only once).
  • Fully admitted RN-BSN students must maintain a CUM GPA 2.5 or better.
  • Fully admitted RN-BSN students must attend program orientation.  Students who are conditionally admitted are required to attend the RN-BSN orientation, but attendance does not guarantee full admission into the nursing program.
  • Students may be required to complete a current TB skin test, immunizations, criminal background check, a drug screen and/or other information as required by an agency.
  • Students must graduate from the RN-BSN program within a five (5) year period beginning with full admission into the RN-BSN program.
  • Students must meet all University graduation requirements (see KSU Catalogue available online.)

ADN Graduates with a Baccalaureate or a Graduate Degree Outside of Nursing

ADN applicants for the RN-BSN Completion program, who have a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree outside nursing from a regionally accredited institution, are required to complete only the 35 hours of upper division nursing courses, PSY 300 and a 200 level IGS course.  This allows the student to meet the residency requirements for graduation as stipulated in the Catalogue. The Rising Junior is not required.

Expenses:  RN-BSN students pay the same general fees and tuition as do other students at the University.  However, students in the RN-BSN program incur additional expenses including, but not limited to, liability insurance and travel expenses.\


Kentucky State University
School of Nursing
400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone:  (502) 597-5957