The University of Kentucky College of Nursing is preparing the next generation of providers, leaders, researchers and policy makers to improve healthcare delivery, promote nursing excellence, revolutionize health care and promote the highest levels of wellness.

College of Nursing News

New Study Examines Use of Multiple Tobacco Products in College Students

A new study co-authored by College of Nursing Professor Ellen Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN,  found that roughly 15 percent of college students who had ever used tobacco currently use more than one tobacco product. Polytobacco use (using more than one tobacco product) drives nicotine addiction and can prolong the use of tobacco products, leading to acute and chronic negative health risks such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and more.

Fran Feltner Receives 2016 Paul Mason Memorial Award

Fran Feltner, director of the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) in Hazard and a College of Nursing instructor, has received the 2016 Paul Mason Memorial Award during the 68th Annual Conference of the Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA) held in Owensboro on April 12-14.

Eric Pope's May 2016 Pinning Ceremony Speech

Eric Pope, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Shepherdsville, Kentucky, gave the May 2016 Pinning Ceremony speech. He has graciously allowed us to share it with you.

College of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Named NAP Distinguished Fellow

The National Academies of Practices (NAP) has designated Assistant Professor Kathy Wheeler a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow. The honor was given during the NAP national conference in April.  

Information Sessions and Tours

We are offering several BSN Information Sessions and Tours during the 2016-17 academic year.

No reservation is needed. Simply come to room 315 in the College of Nursing Building on one of the tour dates below. Each session begins promptly at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and lasts 60-90 minutes. Please sign up for a tour by filling out our online form here.

Fall 2016 semester

  • Friday, September 9                                   
  • Friday, September 23                                 
  • Friday, October 7                                          
  • Friday, October 21                                       
  • Monday, October 31                                       
  • Friday, November 11                                  
  • Monday, November 18

Spring 2017 semester

  • Friday, January 20
  • Monday, January 30
  • Friday, February 10
  • Monday, February 20
  • Friday, March 10
  • Friday, March 24
  • Friday, April 3

Application Dates

BSN Undergraduate Deadlines

Traditional BSN
March 1

Second-Degree BSN
Spring: March 1
Fall: August 15

RN to BSN
July 15

MedVet to BSN
Spring: March 1
Fall: September 1

Graduate Deadlines

PHD Program
February 15

DNP Program
February 15

Kentucky's Flagship Program

The mission of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing is to foster health and well-being among the people of Kentucky, the region, and the world through collaborative relationships that support excellence in nursing education, research, practice and service in an ever-changing health care environment. The University of Kentucky College of Nursing endeavors to be one of the nation’s top nursing programs among public research universities.

Undergraduate Students

  • Traditional BSN
  • Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN

Graduate Students

  • PhD Program
  • DNP Program
  • Graduate Certificate Option

Continuing Education

Our College of Nursing is proud to have celebrated more than 50 years of education, research, practice and service. In 2011 – 2012 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the DNP Program and the 25th anniversary of the PhD Program. We are a nationally ranked college of nursing with a comprehensive selection of baccalaureate through doctoral programs.