Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY 41099

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 LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate72%

Nursing Programs Offered

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

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 162
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing Postbaccalaureate certificate 19
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 92
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 6

Nearby Nursing Schools

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

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
7.5 miles away
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College
14.5 miles away
Miami University-Hamilton
24.6 miles away
Miami University-Oxford
36.09 miles away
Maysville Community & Technical College - Mt. Sterling
45.35 miles away
Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley
45.4 miles away
Wright State University-Main Campus
56.12 miles away
Kentucky State University
60.92 miles away
Indiana University-East
62.04 miles away
University of Kentucky
68.62 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading440 to 590
SAT: Math440 to 570
SAT: Writing440 to 560
ACT Composite20 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$3,464
30k to 48k$6,310
48k to 75k$9,930
75k to 110k$12,670
Over 110k$13,157
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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 $375.00 $750.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $556.00 $855.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
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

This scholarship is for Kentucky residents who will be attending approved nursing programs (registered nurse or practical nurse) or graduate nursing [...]

Kentucky Nurses Foundation Scholarship

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing
Northern Kentucky University
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

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