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Earn Your BSN With Just 25 Credit Hours and Graduate in as Little as 12 Months

Make your experience count with EKU’s accredited, accelerated online RN to BSN program for working nurses.

Join a supportive, encouraging educational community and receive individualized attention and advising. Our team is devoted to your continued success. Learn from nursing practice experts. Our nationally-accredited program prepares you to excel in the workplace or a graduate nursing program.

Note:  Credit will be received for general education requirements based on your associate in nursing, NCLEX licensure and professional experience.

Career Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where Have EKU RN-BSN Graduates Worked?

MPA programs provide essential skills for today’s work environment and allow you to bring your on-the-job experience into the classroom, helping you make your mark as a public servant.
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Employers Include:

  • Belfry Area Technology Center
  • University of Kentucky
  • Bluegrass Care Navigators

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The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search

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Degree Paths
Benefits of EKU Online

Build on your professional expertise through useful interactive discussions and meaningful course assignments. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as health promotion and disease prevention, quality, performance improvement, coordination of services and population health.

  • Earn your BSN in just 25-28 credit hours*
  • Accelerated Path to graduate in 12 months*
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Ranked the Best Online RN-BSN in Kentucky
  • No required campus visits, no cohorts to join, no testing centers to visit
  • Clinical projects that can be completed in your current place of employment
  • Credit for general education requirements based on:
    • Associate in nursing
    • NCLEX licensure
    • Professional experience
  • Convenient 8-week terms and personalized advising
  • Traditional Path available with more time to focus on your job and family
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

*Program requires completion of a statistics course. Students transferring in an eligible statistics course can complete the program in 25 credit hours.

Choose Your Degree Path

The Accelerated Path:

The accelerated path is available for students who:

  • Want to graduate in 12 months by taking two courses most terms
  • Meet EKU’s criteria for general education certification
  • Have completed a qualifying statistics course

The Traditional Path:

The traditional path is the best choice for most EKU Online RN-BSN students. It is designed for students who:

  • Want to focus on one course every 8 weeks, adding a second course occasionally to earn their BSN in about 18 months

Contact your enrollment advisor to find out which path is best for you.

View Sample Course Plans for the Traditional and Accelerated Paths


With EKU, you are well on your way to your BSN. Just complete 25 credit hours to earn your degree! You will receive credit for additional courses based on your associate degree in nursing, NCLEX licensure and professional experience. If you have taken a qualifying statistics course, you will only take nursing courses. It’s possible to earn your BSN in as little as 12 months with the accelerated path.

Degree Requirements

A total of 25 nursing credits are required to graduate. A minimum of 120 credit hours, including transfer hours, is required to earn a bachelor’s degree.

  • NSC 381 (3 hrs) – Perspective in Professional Nursing I
  • NSC 383 (3 hrs) – Perspectives in Professional Nursing II
  • NSC 385 (4 hrs) – Perspectives in Professional Nursing III
  • NSC 390W (2 hrs) – Research for EBNP
  • NSC 440 (3 hrs) – Leadership and Management
  • NSC 442/C (5 hrs) – Complex Health Systems/Clinical
  • NSC 445 (2 hrs) – Professional Role Transition
  • NSC 486 (3 hrs) – RN Public Health Nursing

View the RN-BSN program degree requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Download our RN to BSN handbook to learn more.



Misty Bailey EKUOnline

Misty Bailey

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Misty Bailey for information about the EKU Online RN-BSN Nursing Degree program.

Contact Info:

Admission Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall July 1 August
Spring November 1 January
Summer March 15 May

Admission Requirements

Please check the authorization status of your state.

  1. Associate degree in nursing from a program accredited by ACEN or NLN CNEA.
  2. An RN license from an approved state that is free and unrestricted, meaning that it has not been subject to reprimand, revocation, probation, suspension, restriction, limitation, disciplinary action, discretionary review/hearing or encumbrance nor had any type of complaint filed against it.
  3. Minimum grade equivalent of a 2.5 (C) or the previous nursing program’s passing grade in any nursing or support course to be transferred.

Application Process

Attention EKU Students: If you are currently enrolled as an EKU ASN student, complete Part II and Part III below and contact Misty Bailey to request a change of major.

If you previously completed coursework as an admitted student in the EKU RN-BSN program and are seeking readmission, contact for specific instructions.

Part I: Apply to EKU

Part II: Apply to the RN to BSN Program

Complete the EKU Department of Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing Departmental Application.

Please note: Acceptance to the RN to BSN program is a two-step process.  You must be accepted to EKU and then accepted to the program.

Part III: Send required documents

  1. Visit your state board of nursing website for verification of your current nursing license and send it to:
    Misty Bailey
  1. Request transcripts from any and all colleges or universities that you have attended. You can do this by contacting the schools directly or using the National Student Clearinghouse website. Transcripts sent to a student and then delivered to EKU will not be accepted. Each transcript must bear the original signature of the authorized official, along with the seal of the institution, and must be sent to EKU directly from the issuing institutionTranscripts are not required for courses taken at EKU.

All transcripts should be sent to:
Admissions Officer
Eastern Kentucky University
112 Whitlock Building CPO 54
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475-3154

Contact Misty Bailey at or 859-622-2628.

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

The online classes gave me the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree while also honoring other commitments.

Sharon Rey-BarreauEKU Online RN-BSN Graduate
  • “I can confidently say that — as someone who doesn’t even live in the United States — EKU’s online program has been extremely accommodating and flexible. I can discuss advising appointments over email, and I can have my textbooks shipped to my address overseas.” – Sydney Garner Lewis
  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
  • “I chose EKU because I am a unique student with unique needs, and EKU provides an avenue for students like me to succeed.” – EKU Online Psychology student Jason Tate
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