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Attending a four-year college or university is considered the traditional college experience. Most university students focus on their bachelor's degrees, but some continue through postgraduate master's degrees and doctorates.

To pursue a bachelor's degree at a traditional four-year university, you must take a number of general education courses in addition to the courses within your field of study. Generally, students live and sometimes even work on campus. However, schools are increasingly offering options to accommodate students who have families and full-time jobs off campus. In Kentucky, some of the best colleges and universities with nursing programs include Galen College of Nursing, Frontier Nursing University, University of Louisville, Murray State University, and Brown Mackie College.

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If you're considering pursuing a career in nursing, attending a traditional college or university offers many advantages. You can expect to have a challenging and fulfilling educational experience, as well as top-notch training in your field. Additionally, employers such as the Baptist Healthcare System, Care Source, and Aetna tend to favor their more educated applicants, so having a bachelor's or master's degree will provide you with an edge on the job market.

As a registered nurse (RN), you can expect to make around $57,000 annually in the state of Kentucky, with a slightly higher wage if you work in a major city. As a licensed practical nurse (LPN), you can expect to make around $37,000 annually, again with a slightly higher wage if you work in a major city. Both of these careers are accessible to you if you complete a nursing program at a traditional college or university.

To launch your new career in nursing, check out the list of Kentucky schools below to find the one that's right for you.

Featured Schools

Cincinnati suburbs

Beckfield College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northern Kentucky University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
University of Kentucky
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Midway University Midway
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Kentucky Lexington
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Louisville

Bellarmine University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
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
Sullivan University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Louisville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
School City Programs offered
Bellarmine University Louisville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
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
Sullivan University Louisville
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Louisville Louisville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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

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
Eastern Kentucky University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science 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
Kentucky State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • 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
Morehead State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Murray State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • 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 Louisville - Owensboro
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Pikeville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of the Cumberlands
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Kentucky University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Western Kentucky University - Glasgow
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science 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
Kentucky State University Frankfort
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • 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
Morehead State University Morehead
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling Mount Sterling
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Murray State University Murray
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • 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 Louisville - Owensboro Owensboro
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Pikeville Pikeville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Western Kentucky University - Glasgow Glasgow
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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