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If you are a naturally caring person, you should consider entering the nursing profession. There are a wide variety of roles available at various levels of educational preparation. Below we’ve outlined some of the main career options within the nursing field.

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs)
As a CNA, you assist patients with everyday needs such as eating, bathing, dressing, and taking medications. To become a CNA, you must complete a brief (i.e., several months in length) certificate program and pass a state certification exam. In the Louisville area, you could expect to earn around $24,280 per year as a CNA.

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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
LPNs provide for basic care like CNAs, but they are also responsible for a greater share of their patients’ medical care including drawing blood and changing IVs. To become an LPN, you must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and earn national licensure. Louisville, Kentucky- based LPNs typically earn an average annual salary of $38,540.

Registered nurses (RNs)
Registered nurses are responsible for how a patient is treated overall. They formulate, implement, and maintain a plan for their patients’ care, and they supervise LPNs and CNAs in the process. To become an RN, you must complete either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in registered nursing. In Louisville, you could expect to earn around $59,890 per year as an RN.

Employers in Louisville such as Trilogy Health Services, Consulate Health Care, and the Department of Veterans Affairs are always looking for qualified nursing candidates. If you’re interested in launching a new career in nursing, check out the below list of schools located in the Louisville area.

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Louisville nursing schools by NCLEX score

University of Louisville
2301 South Third Street | Louisville, Kentucky 40292
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Spencerian College
4627 Dixie Highway | Louisville, Kentucky 40216
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road | Louisville, Kentucky 40205
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Galen College of Nursing - Louisville
1031 Zorn Avenue, Suite 400 | Louisville, Kentucky 40207
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Louisville
109 East Broadway | Louisville, Kentucky 40202
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Shelbyville
1361 Frankfort Road | Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Spalding University
901 South Fourth Street | Louisville, Kentucky 40203
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
ATA College
10180 Linn Station Road, Suite A200 | Louisville, Kentucky 40223
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 67.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Sullivan University
3101 Bardstown Road | Louisville, Kentucky 40205
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Louisville Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2012
Direct Entry MSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Spencerian College Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.0% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bellarmine University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Galen College of Nursing - Louisville Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.8% 2008 to 2012
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Louisville Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2012
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Shelbyville Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2012
Spalding University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.4% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
ATA College Certificate in Practical Nursing 67.4% 2009 to 2012
Sullivan University RN-to-BSN Degree Completion