Traditional BSN

The College's BSN program graduates professionals who are ready to meet the ever-changing challenges of today's health care needs. Learning through a combination of classroom, laboratory and supervised clinical-setting instruction, students graduate with a solid foundation of nursing knowledge. With expert guidance from faculty, students learn to evaluate the latest in nursing research and how to apply it in clinical practice.

Most classes are kept small to promote more effective learning. The student-faculty ratio for undergraduate clinical groups is no more than 1-to-8.

Special academic opportunities for students to enhance their experience include nursing practice interns, nursing research interns and skills lab interns. Additionally, for professional development, students can join the NSNA (National Student Nurses Association), participate as a college ambassador or join UNAAC (Undergraduate Nursing Activities and Advisory Council). UK also has a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (the honor society of nursing), Delta Psi, that juniors and seniors are invited to join.


To obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, students must satisfy the University requirements for graduation, including the UK Core requirements, and obtain a 2.0 grade-point average in nursing in the courses listed under curriculum requirements. A grade of C or better must be attained in all courses required in the nursing curriculum in order to proceed to the next clinical course or to graduate. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for graduation.

Nursing, BSN curriculum requirements and course descriptions

View a sample plan of study

Things to consider when contemplating a career in nursing:

  • Figure out whether you can handle the sights, sounds and smells associated with sick people
  • Volunteer, shadow or work part-time in a hospital, nursing home or assisted-care facility
  • Complete a certified nursing assistant (CNA) course (some high schools offer this) 
  • Talk with nurses to find out “what it’s really like” and ask how/why they became nurses
  • Take harder science or advanced placement classes
  • Join a health careers club or HOSA, the Health Occupations Students of America
  • Go online and research the different kinds of nursing careers and education required (you need a BSN and RN for advanced programs such as nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist). The Kentucky Board of Nursing has a wealth of information at:

There are three steps to become a registered nurse:

  • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • Pass the NCLEX exam (nursing boards)
  • Apply for a nursing license in the state where you plan to work. If approved, you become a registered nurse (or RN). The RN designation is the license you receive to practice as a nurse; it is not the degree you receive. 

Want to know more? 

We have several opportunities to talk with recruiters and our student ambassadors to learn more about the traditional BSN Program.  Learn more

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.