RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Earn Your BSN With Just 29 Credit Hours and Graduate in as Little as 18 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 CCNE-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.

Program At-A-Glance


100% Online

Learn From Anywhere

29 Nursing Credit Hours

to Graduate
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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 29 credit hours*
  • Ranked the Best Online RN-BSN in Kentucky
  • No required campus visits, no cohorts to join, no testing centers to visit
  • Credit for general education requirements based on:
    • Associate in nursing
    • NCLEX licensure
    • Professional experience
  • Clinical projects that can be completed in your own community
  • Convenient 8-week terms and personalized advising
  • Accelerated Path to graduate in 18 months*
  • Traditional Path with more time to focus on your job and family
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree, master’s degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Eastern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Choose Your Degree Path

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 2 years
  • Want the flexibility to start their degree in the fall (August), spring (January) or summer (May) term.

The Accelerated Path:

The accelerated path is available for students who:

  • Want to graduate in 18 months by taking two courses most terms
  • Meet EKU’s criteria for general education certification
  • Have completed a qualifying statistics course
  • Can begin taking nursing courses at EKU in the fall (August) or spring (January) term

Contact your enrollment advisor to find out if you are eligible for review.

View Sample Course Plans for the Traditional and Accelerated Paths


Download our RN to BSN Handbook to Learn More

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. An aging population, and an increase in chronic conditions, such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and obesity will lead to steady growth in this occupation.

Learn More About RN Careers


With EKU, you are well on your way to your BSN. Just complete 29 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 18 months with the accelerated path.

Degree Requirements

A total of 29 nursing credits are required to graduate. A minimum of 120 hours, including transfer hours, is required to earn a bachelor’s degree. Complete degree requirement information about the RN-BSN program is available in the University undergraduate catalog.

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.

Transfer Credits

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

NSC 381 – Perspectives in Professional Nursing (3)
Transition to the professional nursing role for the RN student emphasizing foundational concepts of professional nursing practice.

NSC 440 – Leadership and Management (3)
An overview of leadership and management theory in health care explores the leadership role of nursing. Strategies for facing challenges, promoting cost-effective health care, and promoting leadership success in the dynamic health care system.

NSC 442 – Complex Client Care (3)
Synthesis of professional nursing care competencies to address human diversity and manage care in today’s complex health systems.

NSC 445 – Professional Role Transitions (2)
Critical analysis of trends which shape professional nursing practice. Analysis of strategies for instituting change in various health care delivery systems.


Amanda Ballou

Amanda Ballou

Enrollment Advisor

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

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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 Amanda Ballou 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:
    Amanda Ballou
  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 Amanda Ballou at or 859-622-8560.

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Financial Aid Office: 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345
Student Account Services: 859-622-1232

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

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online graduate student on deployment in Afghanistan

Heath Bergmann
  • “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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