Eastern Kentucky University
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.
|Campus LocaleDistant Town|
|Number of Students16,612|
|Student to Faculty Ratio16:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||1||15|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||960 to 1130|
|ACT||20 to 25|
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$375/credit|
|In State Students||$375/credit|
|Out of State Students||$782/credit|
|In District Students||$550/credit|
|In State Students||$550/credit|
|Out of State Students||$825/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||17%||$537|
|State Grant & Scholarships||88%||$2,366|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||60%||$6,387|
|Federal Student Loans||59%||$5,236|
$12,659Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing.