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The healthcare field is growing steadily, and you can enter it with minimal formal education by becoming a nursing assistant. In Kentucky alone, there are approximately 24,000 employed nursing assistants. With a little more education you could become one of the 10,500 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or 42,000 registered nurses (RNs) working in the state. If you commit to your education even further, you could become one of Kentucky’s 3,000 nurse practitioners, midwives, or anesthetists.

There are a wide variety of educational options supporting these various nursing career paths. To become a nursing assistant, you must complete an eight- to ten-week program and pass a final certification exam. To become an LPN, you must complete a program that takes 12- to 18-months and pass the national licensure exam. To become an RN, you must complete either a two-year associate’s degree program or a four-year bachelor’s degree program and pass the national licensure exam.

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For nursing assistant programs, LPN programs, and associate’s degrees, one of the best educational options is attending a community college. Community colleges are affordable, local, and accessible. For a bachelor’s or master’s degree, you will want to choose a four-year public or private university. Private universities are often viewed as more prestigious, tend to have fewer students, and offer smaller class sizes than public universities. However, public universities are more affordable and often have more facilities and resources.

Colleges and universities can range widely in size, which may be an important factor in making your decision. Most community colleges are fairly small. Private universities tend to be smaller than public universities, with a few notable exceptions.

Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find it with the below list of Kentucky nursing schools, arranged from largest to smallest.

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Cincinnati suburbs

Northern Kentucky University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 120 students during the 2012 period
Beckfield College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 111 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Gateway Community & Technical College - Edgewood
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Thomas More College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Lincoln College of Technology - Florence
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 6 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Northern Kentucky University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 120 students
Beckfield College Associate's Degree in Nursing 111 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 24 students
Gateway Community & Technical College - Edgewood Associate's Degree in Nursing 40 students
Thomas More College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 25 students
Lincoln College of Technology - Florence Certificate in Practical Nursing 6 students

Lexington

University of Kentucky
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 159 students during the 2012 period
Midway University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 102 students during the 2012 period
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Lexington
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 57 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Kentucky Bachelor of Science in Nursing 159 students
Midway University Associate's Degree in Nursing 102 students
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Lexington Associate's Degree in Nursing 66 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 57 students

Louisville

Galen College of Nursing - Louisville
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 307 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 163 students during the 2012 period
University of Louisville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 153 students during the 2012 period
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Louisville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 152 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
Bellarmine University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 135 students during the 2012 period
Spalding University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68 students during the 2012 period
Spencerian College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Shelbyville
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 28 students during the 2012 period
ATA College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Galen College of Nursing - Louisville Certificate in Practical Nursing 307 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 163 students
University of Louisville Bachelor of Science in Nursing 153 students
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Louisville Associate's Degree in Nursing 152 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 38 students
Bellarmine University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 135 students
Spalding University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 68 students
Spencerian College Certificate in Practical Nursing 51 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 51 students
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Shelbyville Certificate in Practical Nursing 28 students
ATA College Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students

Other Kentucky cities

Eastern Kentucky University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 105 students during the 2012 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80 students during the 2012 period
West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Paducah
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
Madisonville Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79 students during the 2012 period
Western Kentucky University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78 students during the 2012 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
Henderson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
Hopkinsville Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Morehead State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Murray State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
Maysville Community & Technical College - Maysville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
Somerset Community College - Somerset
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 49 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period
Campbellsville University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 47 students during the 2012 period
Ashland Community & Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Hazard Community & Technical College - Hazard
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Owensboro Community & Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 43 students during the 2012 period
Kentucky State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 37 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 8 students during the 2012 period
Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2012 period
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Glasgow
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
National College - Pikeville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 28 students during the 2012 period
Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College - Cumberland
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 28 students during the 2012 period
Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College - Pineville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 26 students during the 2012 period
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Lawrenceburg
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Prestonsburg
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Murray
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2012 period
University of Louisville - Owensboro
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
University of Pikeville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 16 students during the 2012 period
Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Paintsville
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2012 period
Lincoln Memorial University - Corbin
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 15 students during the 2012 period
Hazard Community & Technical College - Jackson
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 14 students during the 2012 period
Somerset Community College - Clinton Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2012 period
Berea College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 12 students during the 2012 period
Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
Somerset Community College - Laurel South
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 3 students during the 2012 period
Western Kentucky University - Glasgow
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
Daymar College - Owensboro
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 8 students during the 2012 period
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Carrollton
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2012 period
Kentucky Christian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 7 students during the 2012 period
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Bowling Green
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Eastern Kentucky University Associate's Degree in Nursing 105 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80 students
West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Paducah Associate's Degree in Nursing 90 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students
Madisonville Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 79 students
Western Kentucky University Associate's Degree in Nursing 78 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 65 students
Henderson Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 59 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 5 students
Hopkinsville Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 55 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Morehead State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 54 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 34 students
Murray State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 53 students
Maysville Community & Technical College - Maysville Associate's Degree in Nursing 51 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 17 students
Somerset Community College - Somerset Associate's Degree in Nursing 49 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 2 students
Campbellsville University Associate's Degree in Nursing 47 students
Ashland Community & Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 46 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 40 students
Hazard Community & Technical College - Hazard Associate's Degree in Nursing 45 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 24 students
Owensboro Community & Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 43 students
Kentucky State University Associate's Degree in Nursing 42 students
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 37 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 8 students
Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley Associate's Degree in Nursing 35 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 students
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville Certificate in Practical Nursing 33 students
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Glasgow Certificate in Practical Nursing 32 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 students
National College - Pikeville Associate's Degree in Nursing 28 students
Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College - Cumberland Associate's Degree in Nursing 28 students
Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College - Pineville Associate's Degree in Nursing 26 students
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Lawrenceburg Associate's Degree in Nursing 25 students
Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Prestonsburg Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 students
Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling Associate's Degree in Nursing 23 students
West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Murray Certificate in Practical Nursing 22 students
University of Louisville - Owensboro Bachelor of Science in Nursing 19 students
University of Pikeville Associate's Degree in Nursing 16 students
Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Paintsville Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 students
Lincoln Memorial University - Corbin Associate's Degree in Nursing 15 students
Hazard Community & Technical College - Jackson Associate's Degree in Nursing 14 students
Somerset Community College - Clinton Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 students
Berea College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 12 students
Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 students
Somerset Community College - Laurel South Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 3 students
Western Kentucky University - Glasgow Associate's Degree in Nursing 10 students
Daymar College - Owensboro Associate's Degree in Nursing 8 students
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Carrollton Certificate in Practical Nursing 7 students
Kentucky Christian University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 7 students
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Bowling Green Certificate in Practical Nursing 2 students