Associate Degree Nursing

College of Health Sciences
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Degree Options

A.S.N. in Nursing

Who Would be Interested in Associate Degree Nursing?

  • Students with excellent people skills looking for a career in direct patient care. Graduates are typically interested in working in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, doctor's offices, nursing homes, and Home Health agencies.
  • A nontraditional student seeking a career change. Many of our students have undergraduate and graduate degrees and work experience in other fields before entering the ASN program.
  • Students who plan to continue their education after graduation while working part-time as a professional nurse
  • Students who enjoy science and math, especially courses in the Biological Sciences

Why Associate Degree Nursing?

  • The ASN degree is the entry level for the professional practice of nursing. After completion of this program and successful completion of the National Licensure Exam, you will be prepared to practice in a variety of settings as a Registered Nurse (RN), including hospitals, long-term care facilities, Home Health agencies, etc.
  • The Department of Associate Degree Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., and the faculty are nationally recognized for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and professional service.
  • Graduates of the ASN program are valued for their knowledge and ability to meet the diverse and changing health care needs of society.
  • Graduates may directly matriculate into RN to BSN programs at EKU and in the region, and many health care facilities provide tuition assistance for RN's who desire to advance their education.

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Applicants for the nursing program must:

  • Be admitted by the University and meet all requirements for proficiency in English, Reading and Math
  • Score a minimum of 75 on the Nursing Assessment (A2) Exam in the following areas: Math, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension and Grammar
  • Meet the Pre-College Curriculum requirements
  • A high school or college (cumulative and EKU) GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

More information on admission requirements can be found at

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Hospitals in Central and Eastern Kentucky, and throughout the nation
  • Long-term Care Facilities and Home Health Agencies in Kentucky
  • Doctor's offices, clinics, and Surgery Centers in the region

How Do I Get More Information?
Contact Jessica Bicknell, Academic Administrative Specialist

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

Students who are interested in the criteria or eligibility requirements for available loans or scholarships should consult the bulletin board outside Room 220, Rowlett Building. Below is a partial listing of organizations that offer nursing scholarships and/or loans to eligible students:

  • The Kentucky League for Nursing
  • Fayette County (KY) Medical Society Auxiliary
  • Kentucky Association of Nursing Students (K.A.N.S.)
  • National Student Nursing Association (N.S.N.A.)
  • Bluegrass Black Nurses Association
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund
  • Mitch and Mary Slater Endowment Scholarship
  • Various Health Care Facilities