Northern Kentucky University
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.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students14,456|
|Student to Faculty Ratio19:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||0||9|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||993 to 1210|
|ACT||20 to 26|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Required|
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$390/credit|
|In State Students||$390/credit|
|Out of State Students||$780/credit|
|In District Students||$584/credit|
|In State Students||$584/credit|
|Out of State Students||$898/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, 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|
|Other Federal Grant||2%||$3,159|
|State Grant & Scholarships||66%||$2,265|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||61%||$6,815|
|Federal Student Loans||56%||$5,041|
$9,338Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing.