Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY 41099
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Northern Kentucky University (NKU) in Highland Heights, Kentucky is a public university with undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university began as an extension campus in 1948 and became a four-year college in 1968. In 1976, the college received university status. Over the years, the average enrollment has steadily increased. NKU now enrolls over 14,000 students each school year and employs over 2,000 faculty and staff. The main campus is located on 400 acres of countryside near US Route 27, about seven miles southeast of Cincinnati. The university is structured into six colleges, including the College of Health Professions. 

Students enrolled at NKU may choose BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, or LPN to BSN to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. MSN and DNP programs are also available for students choosing to further their education. All nursing programs at NKU are accredited by the CCNE. Nursing students at NKU have access to the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Simulation Center, which includes seven simulation rooms. Other than the traditional BSN program, the nursing programs at NKU are also offered online. When enrolled in one of the on-campus BSN programs, students will be able to gain clinical experience at local hospitals after completing the first semester.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students14,456
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
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 24 159
Master's degree 10 54
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 9
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1973 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CLNUR) - Clinical Doctorate
09/01/2014 - Current
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
08/01/1997 - 06/03/2016
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
04/01/1984 - 06/03/2016
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
01/20/2017 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT993 to 1210
ACT20 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Required

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 $40
Graduates $40

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$390/credit
In State Students$390/credit
Out of State Students$780/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$584/credit
In State Students$584/credit
Out of State Students$898/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 $17,550 $17,550 $35,100
ADN 70 $27,300 $27,300 $54,600
BSN 125 $48,750 $48,750 $97,500
FNP 50 $29,200 $29,200 $44,900
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, 96% of Northern 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 38% $4,621
Other Federal Grant 2% $3,159
State Grant & Scholarships 66% $2,265
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 61% $6,815
Federal Student Loans 56% $5,041
Private Loans 3% $9,013


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$4,943
$30,001 to $48,000$6,213
$48,001 to $75,000$10,024
$75,001 to $110,000$13,140
Over $110,000$13,523

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Student Population













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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing.
Northern Kentucky University
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

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