Kentucky State University (KSU) School of Nursing | 70% NCLEX Pass Rates

Frankfort, Kentucky is the home of Kentucky State University; a public university founded in 1886 and was only the second state-supported institution of higher learning in Kentucky. The School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

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Kentucky State University (KSU) School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers programs from the Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN to RN) undergraduate levels to graduate doctoral levels. LPNs are eligible to enter the LPN-RN Bridge component to complete the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN).

Upon successful completion of the ADN program, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).  After graduation and passing the NCLEX-RN, graduates qualify to practice as licensed Registered Nurses (RN) in Kentucky.

Mission Statement

Kentucky State University’s mission is to provide affordable access to and prepare a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students to compete in a multifaceted, ever changing global society. KSU does this by providing student-centered learning while incorporating teaching, research and service through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs.

Kentucky State University proactively engages in community partnerships on civic projects driven by the objective of positively impacting the quality of life of the citizens of the Kentucky Commonwealth.


KSU Academic Nursing Programs


Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Pre-admission Nursing Track: Students are actively taking prerequisite courses for the Associate Degree Nursing program but are not yet admitted into the program.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN):  Students who have completed the general education prerequisite courses and are enrolled in the pre-admission Nursing track program are eligible to start the ADN program.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN):  Applicants must have their unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Kentucky.  At program completion, the student will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP)

The School of Nursing is accepting applications for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP) in the role of Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP). This program is new to the University and the first class will graduate in 2018. Applicants must have an unencumbered license and have completed their BSN from an approved accredited program.

ADN Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Transcripts of high school coursework and/or any previous college/university coursework
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 21 earned within the last five years
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 in high school course work and/or a 2.75 in any previous college/university course work

Admission Requirements for LPN - RN Bridge Program (not all inclusive)

The School of Nursing has an Articulation Agreement with Kentucky Tech–Jefferson State–Shelby County Extension for Licensed Practical Nurses. Graduates from the Shelby County LPN program, as well as graduates from other LPN programs, must meet the following admission criteria to be admitted to NUR 211 as well as have been out of school less than 3 years:

  1. Transcripts of high school coursework and/or any previous college/university coursework
  2. Minimum ACT composite score of 21 earned within the last five years
  3. Completion of the following liberal studies and support courses: MAT 115, ENG 101, ENG 102, BIO 107, BIO 108, and PSY 200
  4. GPA 2.75 or better
  5. Completion of NUR 103 with a grade of “C” or better
  6. Proof of license to practice as an LPN in Kentucky

Applicants to the ADN program with a baccalaureate or graduate degree outside the field of nursing:

  • ADN application and copies of transcripts to the School of Nursing
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 in any previous college/university course work


The accredited RN-BSN completion program is designed for nurses seeking to complete a BSN for their nursing practice. Students will have flexible eight week courses, resulting in taking fewer nursing classes at one time while taking up to a full-time course load for the semester.

The RN-BSN program is mostly online 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 other class experiences.

The RN-BSN curriculum includes 35 nursing credit hours and 15 liberal studies credit hours.

The remaining 70 hours are comprised of 35 nursing credit hours; 23 liberal studies credit hours awarded from an accredited two-year nursing program and 12 additional program credit hours.

The RN-BSN student must hold and maintain an unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice nursing in Kentucky.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree - Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - BSN-DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Kentucky State University is a 72 credit hours (9 semesters) BSN-DNP online program with emphasis in the care of adults.

Courses are completed online as well as clinical hours in the student’s region with an approved preceptor/mentor.

The DNP curriculum is a program designed to prepare the RN with the BSN degree to function in the role of an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) caring for patients who range from age 13 and beyond.

Requirements for graduation include (not all inclusive):

  • 72 semester credit hours of course work
  • 1080 hours of time in the clinical setting with qualified preceptors
  • Maintain GPA of 3.0 or above

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

American Heart Association (preferred) CPR healthcare provider certification is required for all students enrolled in nursing courses.

Approval and Accreditation

The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) approved the ADN program.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited the ADN-BSN program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program 

The BSN-DNP Program was awarded Candidacy Status in October 2016 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  The Program will receive a Site Visit by ACEN March 7 – 9, 2017, for Initial Accreditation.


The US News & World Report ranked Kentucky State University #16 of Best Colleges in Regional Colleges South.

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    May 8, '17, 11:20 pm by Guide
    Overall: 4.3 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 4 stars
    Experience: 4 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Status: Alumni
    Program: Other
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2003
    Focus: Psychiatric

    My Experience

    I enjoyed my time as a student at KSU. The environment is one of a small university with small class sizes. The campus is small and easy to navigate. There is a wonderful athletic center with large swimming pool. Student center with cafeteria. Frankfort is a wonderful small town with a nice downtown full of cute shops, bookstores, coffee shops, large library. Kentucky History Museum is neat.

    About The Staff

    Nursing school staff were great. I attended 13 years ago however, so I'm sure there have been many changes. However, I would still recommend the school to anyone in the area who is considering nursing.

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