Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY 40475
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Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) is a public university established in 1906 in Richmond, Kentucky, which is about 20 miles southeast of Lexington. However, the origins of the university go back to 1874 and the founding of Central University. In 1901, Central University was consolidated with Centre College. The consolidated universities then became Eastern Kentucky State Normal School Number 1 in 1906. Starting in 2012, EKU began revitalizing its campus, adding state-of-the-art facilities and renovating existing buildings. For the most recent school year, EKU had a total enrollment of 16,881 students. Along with on-campus undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs, the university offers over 40 online programs. 

Undergraduate nursing programs available at the EKU College of Health Sciences include BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN. The RN to BSN program is offered online only and is intended for students with an RN license and an associate degree in nursing. The accelerated BSN is for students that already have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field. The university also offers an ADN program and an LPN to ADN program. Graduate-level programs include MSN and DNP programs. The baccalaureate, graduate, and doctorate degree programs are accredited by the CCNE, while the ADN programs are accredited by the ACEN. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students16,612
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 30 219
Associate's degree 7 40
Master's degree 21 127
Post-master's certificate 1 3
Doctor's degree - professional practice 1 15
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 96.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1928 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1969 - Current
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
10/10/2013 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/22/1997 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT960 to 1130
ACT20 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $35
Graduates $35

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$375/credit
In State Students$375/credit
Out of State Students$782/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$550/credit
In State Students$550/credit
Out of State Students$825/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $16,875 $16,875 $35,190
ADN 70 $26,250 $26,250 $54,740
BSN 125 $46,875 $46,875 $97,750
FNP 50 $27,500 $27,500 $41,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Eastern Kentucky University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 46% $4,359
Other Federal Grant 17% $537
State Grant & Scholarships 88% $2,366
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 60% $6,387
Federal Student Loans 59% $5,236
Private Loans 3% $9,811


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$9,367
$30,001 to $48,000$9,555
$48,001 to $75,000$12,148
$75,001 to $110,000$14,407
Over $110,000$14,484

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing.
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475

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