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Unlike public schools, private colleges and universities are not subsidized by the government, which means they are often more expensive. However, they are frequently viewed as more prestigious, offer a number of advantages that public universities do not, and often make up for their higher tuitions by offering scholarships and financial aid.

One major advantage to private colleges is that they tend to have fewer students and thus smaller class sizes than public schools. That means that at a private college, you can expect to have more individual attention and personal contact with your professors. Another benefit to private colleges is that they are often held in higher esteem than public schools, which will help you differentiate yourself when applying for jobs.

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By attending a private college like Saint Catherine College, Midway College, or Kentucky Christian University, you can earn a bachelor’s degree to become a registered nurse (RN). Some RNs have only attained associate’s degrees, so your bachelor’s degree from a private college will help you stand out to potential employers such as Aetna, the Baptist Healthcare System, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Having a higher education also makes it easier to negotiate for higher wages, making it possible to earn more than $57,000 per year as an RN in the state of Kentucky.

If you’re interested in pursuing a nursing career in Kentucky, take a look at the below list of private colleges and universities with nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Cincinnati suburbs

Beckfield College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln College of Technology - Florence
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Thomas More College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Beckfield College Florence
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln College of Technology - Florence Florence
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Thomas More College Crestview Hills
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Lexington

Midway University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Midway University Midway
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Louisville

ATA College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Bellarmine University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Galen College of Nursing - Louisville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Spalding University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Spencerian College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sullivan University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
ATA College Louisville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Bellarmine University Louisville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Galen College of Nursing - Louisville Louisville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Spalding University Louisville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Spencerian College Louisville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sullivan University Louisville
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Kentucky cities

Berea College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Campbellsville University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Daymar College - Owensboro
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Frontier Nursing University
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Kentucky Christian University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln Memorial University - Corbin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lindsey Wilson College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National College - Pikeville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Union College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Pikeville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of the Cumberlands
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Berea College Berea
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Campbellsville University Campbellsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Daymar College - Owensboro Owensboro
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Frontier Nursing University Hyden
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Kentucky Christian University Grayson
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln Memorial University - Corbin Corbin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National College - Pikeville Pikeville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Union College Barbourville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Pikeville Pikeville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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