Bachelor of Science in Nursing

College of Health Sciences
Student nurse engaged in clinical activity

Degree Options

On-Campus Degrees

  • B.S.N., Pre RN Option (Traditional prelicensure BSN)
  • B.S.N., Second Degree Option (For students who have a bachelor's degree in another field and wish to pursue a program of study for nursing). EKU routinely admits students from all of the branches of  military service who are participating in the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Programs. 

Online Degrees

Who Would be Interested in Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

Students who:

  • Want a rewarding and challenging program leading to a rewarding and challenging career
  • Wish to make a difference in health care for individuals and populations
  • Want to work in patient care at the bedside or in various leadership positions in nursing
  • Want to work in various health care agencies, including hospitals, medical centers, clinics, hospice, home health, military, employee health or other agencies or organizations who employee Registered Nurses 
  • Want a rewarding career as a Registered Nurse and serve as an officer in the military.  Paths include Army or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Army Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Programs, Air Force Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program and the Navy Nurse Candidate Program.

Why Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

  • The EKU BSN program has outstanding faculty with strong clinical backgrounds and expertise in various nursing specialties.
  • Graduates of the program can provide patient care at the bedside or move into leadership positions in nursing.
  • This program provides the foundation for graduate study in nursing which can lead to advanced nursing roles.
  • Graduates of the prelicensure program have outstanding results in passing the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure.
  • Employers recognize the strong reputation of the program and seek EKU graduates.

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to this Program?

  • Pre RN (Traditional BSN) option: Students must complete the first three semesters of the curriculum progression plan to apply for competitive admission to the clinical nursing sequence, which begins in the fourth semester of the progression plan. Prerequisite courses include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition, chemistry, psychology, three pre-nursing courses and some general education requirements. Application for the clinical nursing sequence is made while enrolled in the three required pre-nursing courses; enrollment in those courses is by priority and by chair approval. Minimum GPA is 2.5 but admission is competitive and based on a point scale, which includes GPA plus grades on designated prerequisite courses.
  • Second Degree Option: Application deadline is March 1 for fall admission. Students must have a bachelor's degree in another field with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and must have completed coursework in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition, and statistics. Admission is competitive and based on a review of academic history, which includes the grades in the prerequisite courses and the GPA, the references and the essay.
  • RN-BSN Option: Application deadline for summer enrollment is May 1 and for fall enrollment is August 1. Students must have a current RN license in Kentucky with no KBN imposed restrictions on practice, voluntary or otherwise; and must have completed an associate degree in nursing (or diploma program) with a 2.5 GPA.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Registered nurses at various hospitals and health care agencies in the area
  • Registered nurses in various leadership roles in nursing at hospitals and health care agencies
  • Military officers in the nurse corps of a specific branch of service

How Do I Get More Information?

Visit the BSN page for complete information on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, including application, curriculum and a program overview. EKU also offers an RN to BSN degree program online

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

  • Kentucky Board of Nursing has some scholarships available. However, students must already be admitted to the nursing program.
  • Some department scholarships are available. However, students usually have to already be admitted to the program.
  • Various hospitals in the area have scholarship opportunities available.