Second Degree BSN

*Please note: Effective January 2019, the Second Degree/MedVet Options will have a change in schedule. The new schedule will only start in January and will include summer sessions allowing students to complete all courses in 24 months consecutively. As a result of this change, there will be only one admission deadline – August 15 to start in January. Fall semester admissions end with the 2017 semester. See below.

The Second Degree Option is for those who have undergraduate or graduate degrees in other disciplines and are interested in pursuing nursing.

From English majors to engineering graduates, former attorneys to biologists, the Second Degree Option in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program attracts a wide variety of students united in a common purpose: the desire to give back through compassionate nursing care. 

The complexity of health care systems today demands an increased focus on improving outcomes with knowledge of evidence-based nursing interventions. A BSN-prepared nurse innovates health care delivery with knowledge in interprofessional practice, leadership and bedside expertise.

  • 24 months: January - December, using both summers
  • 64 credits
  • More than 700 clinical hours of guided learning from experienced faculty and clinicians in six specialty areas
  • Graduates eligible for NCLEX


Spring I: January-May

NUR 210

Patho/Pharmacology I


NUR 221

Intro to Nursing Care & Assessment


DHN 212

Introductory Nutrition



  Total credit hours



Summer I: May-August

NUR 300

Patho/Pharmacology II


NUR 301

Family-Centered Care of Adults with Common Health Problems



Total credit hours



Fall I: August-December

NUR 311

Nursing Care of Childbearing Families


NUR 313

Nursing Care of Childbearing Families​



Total credit hours



Spring II: January-May

NUR 401

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing


NUR 403

Public Health Nursing



Total credit hours



Summer II: May-August

NUR 310

Research for Evidence-based Nursing Practice


NUR 400

Nursing Leadership and Management


NUR 540

Healthcare Systems from an Interprofessional Perspective



Total credit hours



Fall II: August-December

NUR 410

Career Management 


NUR 411

High Acuity Nursing


NUR 413

Synthesis of Nursing Practice



Total Credit Hours



College of Nursing course descriptions are also available in the University Registrar’s Bulletin.

Applications for this cycle will open February 1, 2018.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Board of Nursing certifies that the University of Kentucky Baccalaureate Degree Program has met the requirements established by law and the Kentucky Board of Nursing. This full-approval confers the right to operate a nursing program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in accordance with the provisions of the Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 314.