Second Degree

Accelerated BSN degree (ABSN) 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 ABSN 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 is innovative in health care delivery with knowledge in interprofessional practice, leadership and bedside expertise.

  • 20-22 months, includes summer terms
  • Block schedule
  • 60 credits
  • More than 700 clinical hours of guided learning from experienced faculty and clinicians in six specialty areas
  • Graduates eligible for NCLEX

Curriculum

Pre-requisites for Admission

ANA 109 & 110 OR ANA 209 & PGY 206
BIO 103 – Basic Ideas of Biology OR BIO 148 – Introductory Biology I
CHE 103 – Chemistry for Health Professionals OR CHE 104 & 108 OR CHE 105 & 107
PSY 100 – Intro to Psychology

Completion of all UK Core – 2nd degree meet requirement by virtue of first degree

Foreign Language Requirement – 2 yrs in HS or one year in college of same language

College Requirements

BIO 208 – Microbiology required prior to first semester (pre-req to Funds of Pathopharm)
DHN 212 – Introductory Nutrition – taken in first semester
STA 210 or BST 230 or STA 296 – pre-req to Research

Major Requirements

NUR 320 – Transition to BSN level Nursing Care – 2 cr – 2nd deg and MedVet (2 LEC)
NUR 321 – Adult Health Promotion – 2 cr (2 LEC)
NUR 322 – Transition to BSN level Nursing Care for LPN – 2 cr (2 LEC)
NUR 323 – Adult Health Assessment – 3 cr (1 LEC/2 LAB)
NUR 324 – Fundamentals of Nursing Care – 5 cr (3 LEC/1 LAB/1 CLI)
NUR 325 – Fundamentals of Pathopharmacology – 2 cr (2 LEC)
NUR 326 – Pathopharmacology I – 2 cr (2 LEC)
NUR 327 – Adult Medical Surgical Care I – 4 cr (3 LEC/1 LAB/1 CLI)
NUR 328 – Research Applications to Evidence Based Practice – 1- 3 Variable Credit (LEC)
NUR 329 – Psychiatric Nursing – 4 cr (3 LEC/1 LAB)
NUR 331 – Care of Pediatric Patients and Families – 5 cr (4 LEC/1 CLI)
NUR 332 – Care of Childbearing Patients and Families – 4 cr (3 LEC/1 CLI)
NUR 420 – Adult Medical Surgical Care II – 4 cr (2 LEC/1 Lab/1 CLI)
NUR 421 – Pathopharmacology II – 2 cr (2 LEC)
NUR 422 – Public Health Nursing – 4 cr (3 LEC/ 1 CLI)
NUR 423 – Leadership and Management of Care – 1-3 Variable Credit (LEC)
NUR 424 – Complex Care of Adult Patients – 4 cr (3 LEC/1 CLI)
NUR 425 – Personal/Professional Career Development – 2 cr (2 LEC)
NUR 426 – Capstone Experience for Nursing Practice – 3-5 Variable Credit (CLI)

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

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.