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 Tara Grana at,

Out-of-State Students

The University of Kentucky works to provide distance learning 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 has different requirements for distance learning. Out-of-state students who are interested in distance learning 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.

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. Essay Questionnaire (provided by CON after initial application with the Registrar is processed) 
  • 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 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/contact-us-transfer-admissions.  

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.

If you have any questions please contact Tara Grana at, or (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 Capstone for Nursing Practice. The faculty will work with students to find sites.