Kentucky State University (KSU) School of Nursing

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

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  • Accreditations ACEN Accredited
  • Location Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Programs ASN/ADN, BSN, DNP, RN-to-BSN, NP, Other
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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.



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.

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.

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

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.

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 (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

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.

The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The Doctoral program has full approval status from the KBN based on the letter of accreditation from the ACEN.

Kentucky State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


US News & World Report (2019)

  • #30 (tie) in Regional Colleges South
  • #4 in Top Public Schools
  • #22 (tie) in Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • #264-#348 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #436
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #732
  • Safest College Campuses in America #829
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Kentucky #2
  • Colleges with the Best Professors in Kentucky #3
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in Kentucky #12
  • Safest College Campuses in Kentucky #18

KSU is ranked in the top 25 Best Colleges in Kentucky by (2018).

KSU is listed in The Princeton Review Best Southeastern (2018).

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