Application Information for RN-BSN

Registered nurses who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing can apply for the RN-BSN Option. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree, Associate of Science degree or Associate of Art degree from a regionally accredited college will have already met UK's CORE general education requirements. Students with an Associate of Applied Science will generally need to take two to three more courses to meet the general education requirements by graduation but should still apply. In addition to CORE general education courses, further credit hours may be needed to earn the 120 credits required for BSN degree completion. Thirty of the last 36 credit hours must be completed at UK. Applicants may transfer up to 90 credit hours to UK from KCTCS. Electives may be required to fulfill minimum, in-residence university credit hour requirements.

In order to graduate from UK with a BSN, students must earn a total of 120 credit hours; 30 of the last 36 hours must be taken at UK. A free transcript evaluation is available by emailing your unofficial transcripts to RNBSNinfo@uky.edu.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited nursing program with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for all college work
  • Student statement of academic and professional goals
  • RN licensure is required prior to beginning clinical practice experiences
  • Two professional references may be requested

How to Apply

Apply for admission to the University of Kentucky at www.uky.edu/Admission/application. Select Pre-Nursing for your major choice.  Submit official transcripts as directed.  If you have attended colleges under different names, please have your name changed at each school to match the application name you are using.  It is not always possible to match transcripts to applications when there are multiple names used.

If you wish to have a preliminary review of your transcripts for UK Core (general education) requirements met, please contact the transfer center at www.uky.edu/Admission/transfer.htm.  

The program is only open to domestic students residing in the U.S.

Note: If you attended any of the schools in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), you should list all schools on the application but send only one transcript. Failure to list all schools on the application will delay application processing.

Application Deadlines

Applications will be reviewed and decision letters will be mailed to all applicants. Students may begin non-clinical courses after graduation, but we must be able to verify licensure prior to enrollment in clinical courses. The application deadline is July 1 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester.

Applications will be reviewed as follows:

  • For the fall semester applications that are received by February 15 a decision will be made by April 15. For applications received by May 1 a decision will be made by May 31.
  • For the spring semester applications that are received by August 15 a decision will be made by September 15. For applications received by October 15 a decision will be made by November 15.

If you have any questions please contact us at RNBSNinfo@uky.edu or Tara Woody at (859) 323-6655.

Additional information

All admitted students will be required to submit proof of immunizations to a medical document service. The cost of this will be ~$120, which is not included in tuition.

There are eight RN-BSN courses taught in an online format. Two courses include practice experience components: Public Health Nursing and Synthesis of Clinical Knowledge for Nursing Practice. The faculty will work with students to find sites.