The University of Kentucky College of Nursing offers an innovative, flexible 100 percent online RN-BSN degree program for Registered Nurses who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing.

RN-BSN program highlights

  • RN-BSN program is 100 percent online
  • Innovative block scheduling, with seven-week courses
  • Full-time and part-time student options
  • Work at your own pace; no scheduled classes or meetings 
  • Can work full-time while obtaining your RN-BSN degree
  • CCNE accredited program
  • Customize your degree experience with diverse elective options
  • Be prepared for graduate-level, advanced degrees in nursing

Graduation requirements

  • Students must earn 120 credit hours; 30 of the last 36 hours must be taken at UK
  • 40 clinical hours (may be completed locally, does not have to be completed in Lexington)
  • Eight required courses; two electives
    • Required courses: PathoPharm I, Professional Communication in Nursing, Health Assessment, Evidence Based Practice, Integrative Concepts, Population Health, Leadership & Management, Capstone
    • Available electives: Addiction Is a Chronic Disorder, Fundamentals of Occupational & Environmental Health in Nursing, Gerontological Nursing, Health Science Leadership, Healthcare Topics in the U.S, Nurse Residency course, Pathopharmacology II, Rural & Appalachian Health           

Sample plans of study 

View sample plans of study for the RN-BSN program as a full-time or part-time student. 

How to apply 

Get information on the RN-BSN program application deadlines, requirements, and how to apply:

RN-BSN program admissions page 


For questions about the RN-BSN program, contact Tara Grana, academic success specialist, at tara.grana@uky.edu.

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.