Accelerated BSN

The University of Kentucky College of Nursing understands that all paths are unique, and we are here to help find the best one for you. Students in the Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program come from all walks of life. Whether you:

  1. have a degree in another field;
  2. served as a medic in the U.S. military; or
  3. hold your LPN license;

our ABSN degree is designed to meet your needs to pursue a career in nursing. 

ABSN track details

  • 16 months, includes summer term
  • Combination of online didactic/lecture with face-to-face labs and clinicals in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Block schedule (eight consecutive blocks)
  • 54-55 credits
  • Graduates eligible to take the RN licensure exam (NCLEX)
  • FAQs about the ABSN track 


How to apply to the ABSN track 

Curriculum and graduation requirements

  • Minimum grade of “C” in every course with a NUR prefix
  • Minimum grade of "C" in every course required for major (e.g. statistics, microbiology)
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale 
  • Completion of all courses required for the degree
  • 120 credit hours, 30 of last 36 are earned at UK

View a list of UK Core and nursing courses needed to obtain a BSN in Nursing, along with sample plans of study:

Out-of-State Students

The University of Kentucky works to provide courses and programs to students across the state of Kentucky, the country and abroad, but location matters when it comes to the availability of some courses and programs. Each state and territory have different requirements. Out of state students who are interested in enrolling in a course or program should read each section below and confirm that their program of interest can be offered and/or lead to licensure or certification in their state or territory.

  • State Authorization is a type of consumer protection regulated by states and territories. Institutions are required to obtain state authorization when they offer online courses or programs outside of their home state. Visit the State Authorization by Program section to learn which programs are authorized in each state.
  • States may have additional requirements for programs that lead to professional licensure or certification. Learn which programs can lead to licensure and certification in each state.
  • Contact Distance Learning with questions or for more information.

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.


Information sessions

The College of Nursing holds virtual information sessions for prospective ABSN students to speak directly with program faculty, advisors and recruiters. 

Visit for the latest info session dates, times and signups.