Requesting information about on-site and online nursing programs can provide nursing candidates with a large selection of schools to choose from. There is no shortage in nursing schools in the state of Kentucky that offer RN programs. The number of Baccalaureate-prepared RNs has more than doubled in recent years. It has been proven that nurses with a BSN are able to provide better patient safety and more cost-effective patient care. The more nurses with a BSN degree in nursing, the more Kentucky can benefit in terms of healthcare.

In our Kentucky RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Kentucky RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Kentucky, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Kentucky RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 27 19
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 88.18% 88.85%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 79.50% to 95.38% 73.00% to 98.63%
Average Net Price $10,159.73 $14,089.72
Average Net Price Range $5,829.00 to $24,649.00 $2,323.00 to $23,977.00
Average Student Loan $10,727.42 $15,572.72
Average Student Loan Range $6,962.00 to $18,860.00 $5,234.00 to $23,000.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in Kentucky

Best Ranked RN Programs in KentuckyTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Kentucky and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 26 ADN degree programs and 14 BSN degree programs in Kentucky. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Kentucky to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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98.52 ADN Eastern Kentucky University 1 16 Richmond

Eastern Kentucky University is located in Richmond, Kentucky.  EKU offers a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a second degree BSN program.  They also have a wide variety of post-graduate options for those who want to continue their education after graduating with their BSN degree.

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98.52 ADN University of Pikeville 1 16 Pikeville Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
96.04 ADN Hopkinsville Community College 2 67 Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville Community College is located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  They offer an RN program, but do not offer an LPN to RN program at this time, although they do offer an LPN program.  Hopkinsville Community College is primarily attended by students residing in western Kentucky and also northern Tennessee.

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95.78 ADN Hazard Community and Technical College 3 74 Hazard Public Campus, Online See School Details
95.04 ADN Owensboro Community and Technical College 4 102 Owensboro

Owensboro Community and Technical College is located in Owensboro, Kentucky.  They have an ADN and an LPN to ADN program.  They are proud to boast that their pass rate of the NCLEX-RN has been above 95% for the past 4 years.

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94.33 ADN Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College 5 126 Cumberland Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
92.96 ADN Elizabethtown Community and Technical College 6 176 Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  They offer an ASN program.  At this time they do not offer an LPN to RN program.  As a whole, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College graduates approximately 500 students annually.

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92.93 ADN Bluegrass Community and Technical College 7 178 Lexington Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
92.26 ADN Galen College of Nursing-Louisville 8 209 Louisville Private For-Profit Campus ACEN, CCNE See School Details
91.93 ADN Henderson Community College 9 221 Henderson

Henderson Community College is located in Henderson, Kentucky.  They offer an traditional ADN program and an LPN to ADN Bridge Program.  However, an LPN can also enroll in the traditional ADN program and enter in semester III.  The Bridge Program is a nontraditional program, with weekend and evening courses, whereas the traditional program has courses at traditional times.  Both options allow the LPN to select a program that works best for their schedule.

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91.26 ADN West Kentucky Community and Technical College 10 248 Paducah

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is located in Paducah, Kentucky.  They offer an ADN program and an LPN to RN accelerated program.  They also accept transfer nursing students if there is space available in their programs.

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90.30 ADN Madisonville Community College 11 285 Madisonville Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
89.85 ADN Campbellsville University 12 300 Campbellsville Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
88.56 ADN National College-Lexington 13 344 Lexington Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
87.96 ADN Maysville Community and Technical College 14 368 Maysville Public Campus, Online See School Details
87.89 ADN Midway College 15 372 Midway Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
87.78 ADN Jefferson Community and Technical College 16 376 Louisville Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
87.74 ADN Somerset Community College 17 378 Somerset

Somerset Community College is located in Somerset, Kentucky.  They offer an ADN program and an LPN to ADN program.  Their LPN to ADN program is designed for the working nurse – it is specifically set in an evening/weekend format.

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87.63 ADN Morehead State University 18 382 Morehead

Morehead State University is located in Morehead, Kentucky.  They have a variety of nursing option.  They have an ADN degree, a paramedic to ADN option, a post-licensure program (this allows an RN to become a BSN) and a pre-licensure program (this allows a traditional student to become a BSN).

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86.67 ADN Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College 19 422 Bowling Green Public Campus, Online See School Details
86.19 ADN Ashland Community and Technical College 20 440 Ashland Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
84.48 ADN Western Kentucky University 21 500 Bowling Green

Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. WKU offers a BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a second degree BSN program.  The second degree BSN program allows students with a prior bachelor’s degree to become an RN in 4 semesters.  This program is separate from the RN to BSN program..

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84.15 ADN Beckfield College-Florence 22 509 Florence Private For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
83.30 ADN Big Sandy Community and Technical College 23 532 Prestonsburg Public Campus, Online See School Details
75.85 ADN Kentucky State University 24 650 Frankfort Public Campus ACEN See School Details
75.59 ADN Spencerian College-Louisville 25 651 Louisville Private For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
100.00 BSN Berea College 1 1 Berea Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
99.37 BSN Eastern Kentucky University 2 3 Richmond

Eastern Kentucky University is located in Richmond, Kentucky.  EKU offers a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a second degree BSN program.  They also have a wide variety of post-graduate options for those who want to continue their education after graduating with their BSN degree.

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99.33 BSN University of Kentucky 3 4 Lexington

University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, Kentucky.  Their College of Nursing had over 1,500 students enrolled in 2015.  They offer a traditional BSN, an LPN to BSN program and a second degree BSN program.  The mission of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing is to promote health and well-being through excellence in nursing education, research, practice and service while fostering diversity and inclusion.

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99.00 BSN Morehead State University 4 7 Morehead

Morehead State University is located in Morehead, Kentucky.  They have a variety of nursing option.  They have an ADN degree, a paramedic to ADN option, a post-licensure program (this allows an RN to become a BSN) and a pre-licensure program (this allows a traditional student to become a BSN).

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97.37 BSN Western Kentucky University 5 31 Bowling Green

Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. WKU offers a BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a second degree BSN program.  The second degree BSN program allows students with a prior bachelor’s degree to become an RN in 4 semesters.  This program is separate from the RN to BSN program..

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96.67 BSN Thomas More College 6 48 Crestview Hills Private Not-For-Profit Campus See School Details
94.04 BSN Bellarmine University 7 133 Louisville

Bellarmine University is located in Louiseville, Kentucky.  The Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated 2nd degree option and an RN to BSN option.  They also offer various master’s level and doctoral programs for students who desire to further their education after graduating with their BSN degree.

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93.26 BSN Northern Kentucky University 8 160 Highland Heights

Northern Kentucky University is located in Highland Heights, Kentucky.  They offer a BSN program and an accelerated BSN program.  The accelerated BSN program is strictly for second degree students; at this time, they do not offer an RN to BSN program.

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92.26 BSN University of Louisville 9 200 Louisville

University of Louisville is located in Louisville, Kentucky.  They have BSN degree options in various campuses.  Their RN to BSN degree option is offered online.  Their graduate options are unique; for example, they have a DNP that is offered for the BSN student; the BSN student can pursue it after graduation, rather than pursuing an MSN first.

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85.70 BSN Murray State University 10 380 Murray Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
83.93 BSN Lindsey Wilson College 11 415 Columbia Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
80.33 BSN Spalding University 12 472 Louisville Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
72.07 BSN Kentucky Christian University 13 516 Grayson Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details