Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY 40475

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 LocaleTown: Distant
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate74%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. ADN
  3. Masters degrees (MSN)
  4. Doctoral degrees (DNP)
  5. Accelerated BSN
  6. RN to BSN
  7. LPN to ADN
  8. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's degree 51
Pre-Nursing Studies Bachelor's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 186
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 114
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 3
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 13
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 13

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Eastern Kentucky University

University of Kentucky
23.24 miles away
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville Campus
29.45 miles away
Kentucky State University
43.83 miles away
Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley
44.59 miles away
Somerset Community College - Laurel Campus South
45.01 miles away
Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan Campus
55.1 miles away
Morehead State University
56.64 miles away
Maysville Community & Technical College - Mt. Sterling
66.14 miles away
Somerset Community College - Albany Ext. (Clinton Co.)
82.11 miles away
University of Louisville
85.84 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading460 to 580
SAT: Math470 to 560
SAT: Writing420 to 545
ACT Composite20 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$8,467
30k to 48k$9,497
48k to 75k$11,851
75k to 110k$13,907
Over 110k$14,060
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $357.00 $745.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $525.00 $855.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Kentucky Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund

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Kentucky Nurses Foundation Scholarship

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475

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