Nursing Schools in Kentucky

The state of Kentucky is home to 51 nursing schools. This year, we evaluated 39 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best value schools in Kentucky. Nursingexplorer.com's ranking system is data-driven. We only use quantifiable data (such as NCLEX pass rate and average net price) to calculate the ranks. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

Best Value RN Programs in Kentucky

Best Value LPN Programs in Kentucky

Complete List of Nursing Schools in Kentucky

Listed below are all the nursing schools located in Kentucky. Use the sort feature to view which schools have the best RN and LPN programs, which ones are the cheapest or to compare campus sizes. Click on each school's name for more detail info.


University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$19,361
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate99.2%
RN Programs best-value score70.2

University of Kentucky (UK) is a public institution, founded in 1865 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky. It is the largest university in Kentucky, with over 30,000 students enrolled in the Fall 2015 school year. The University of Kentucky is also the highest ranked research ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
Berea College

Berea College

Berea, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$1,680
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate97.8%
RN Programs best-value score100.0

Berea College is located in Berea, Kentucky. This liberal arts work college was established way back in 1855. This college is unique in the area due to the fact that it charges no tuition. This private liberal arts institution requires students to work at least 10 hours per work on campus to be ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
Thomas More College

Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,221
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate97.6%
RN Programs best-value score70.0

Programs offered

  • BSN
Gateway Community and Technical College

Gateway Community and Technical College

Florence, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,443
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate97.3%
RN Programs best-value score91.8

Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) is located in Florence, Kentucky. This public two-year community college was established back in 2002. GCTC serves around 4,000 students and it offers many academic opportunities for students to pursue. There are more than 200 available associate ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • CNA
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Cumberland, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,481
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate96.9%
RN Programs best-value score93.5

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) is located in Cumberland, Kentucky. The school is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. It was originally known as the Southeast Center of the University of Kentucky when it was established in 1960. Since then, it ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,659
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate96.6%
RN Programs best-value score81.0

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 ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • ADN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Henderson Community College

Henderson Community College

Henderson, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,542
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate96.4%
RN Programs best-value score93.3
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate97.3%
LPN/LVN best-value score99.6

Henderson Community College (HCC) is located in Henderson, Kentucky. The school is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. HCC was established back in 1960 and has been offering students in the community in various ways to further their academic pursuits for decades. ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley

Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley

Cynthiana, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

Elizabethtown, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,252
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate96.0%
RN Programs best-value score92.1
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score98.2

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) is located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. ECTC is a two-year institution that was established in 2004. This public two-year institution is a part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. It formed when two other schools were ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
University of Pikeville

University of Pikeville

Pikeville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,297
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate94.9%
RN Programs best-value score70.7

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
Hazard Community and Technical College

Hazard Community and Technical College

Hazard, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,157
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate94.1%
RN Programs best-value score92.0
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score98.5

Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) is located in Hazard, Kentucky. This public two-year institution was established in 1968. This school was originally named Hazard Community College and it changed its name to Hazard Community and Technical College in 2003. The school has become a ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Owensboro Community and Technical College

Owensboro Community and Technical College

Owensboro, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,809
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate94.0%
RN Programs best-value score90.9

Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) is located in Owensboro, Kentucky. This public college has an open-admissions and it is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The school was formed when the Owensboro Community College and the Owensboro Technical ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$24,711
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate93.1%
RN Programs best-value score58.7

Bellarmine University is a private university founded in 1950 in Louisville, Kentucky. Bellarmine is a Catholic university, associated with the Roman Catholic church. They offer over 50 undergrad and graduate degree programs. The university is organized into seven colleges, including the Donna ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,782
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate92.2%
RN Programs best-value score90.7
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate94.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score97.0

Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) is located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. This school is an open-admissions two-year public college, established back in 1965. The school currently serves around 3,800 students and it offers many different academic opportunities. HCC is accredited by the ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,338
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate92.1%
RN Programs best-value score86.1

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, ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • LPN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
University of Louisville

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$17,008
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate92.1%
RN Programs best-value score72.2

The University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky is a public institution founded in 1798. It is the first public university owned by a city in the US and one of the first west of the Allegheny Mountains. The university is heavily invested in medical research, becoming the first to ...

Programs offered

  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Lexington, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,496
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate92.0%
RN Programs best-value score89.4
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate91.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score95.4

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) is located in Lexington, Kentucky. BCTC is a public two-year institution that was established in 2005. This school exists as a result of a combination of two past schools. The Central Kentucky Technical College and the Lexington Community College ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Galen College of Nursing-Louisville

Galen College of Nursing-Louisville

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$23,161
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate90.9%
RN Programs best-value score60.5
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate90.2%
LPN/LVN best-value score61.5

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
West Kentucky Community and Technical College

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Paducah, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,865
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate90.6%
RN Programs best-value score92.3
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate97.3%
LPN/LVN best-value score99.0

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) is located in Paducah, Kentucky. WKCTC is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. It was established back in 2003 as a consolidation of Paducah Community College and West Kentucky Technical College. This two-year ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Madisonville Community College

Madisonville Community College

Madisonville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,359
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate89.6%
RN Programs best-value score93.2
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate96.9%
LPN/LVN best-value score100.0

Madisonville Community College (MCC) is located in Madisonville, Kentucky and its a member school of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. This public two-year community college was established in 1968. The school currently serves around 2,700 students and it is committed to ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Maysville Community and Technical College

Maysville Community and Technical College

Maysville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,415
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate89.1%
RN Programs best-value score93.0
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate92.4%
LPN/LVN best-value score99.9

Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) is located in Maysville, Kentucky. This public two-year community college is a part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The college was established back in 2004 when Maysville Community College and Rowan Technical College were ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Morehead State University

Morehead State University

Morehead, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,136
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate89.1%
RN Programs best-value score80.4

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • ADN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,817
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate88.9%
RN Programs best-value score81.0

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Somerset Community College - Laurel Campus South

Somerset Community College - Laurel Campus South

London, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville Campus

Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville Campus

Danville, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
Somerset Community College

Somerset Community College

Somerset, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,045
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate86.3%
RN Programs best-value score91.6
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate97.3%
LPN/LVN best-value score98.6

Somerset Community College (SCC) is located in Somerset, Kentucky. Like most community colleges in Kentucky, SCC is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. There are a large number of academic programs for students to chose from at this school. It has many associate ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Jefferson Community and Technical College

Jefferson Community and Technical College

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,330
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate86.3%
RN Programs best-value score91.0
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate90.2%
LPN/LVN best-value score97.9

Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) is located in Louisville, Kentucky. This school was established in 2005 and serves over 11,000 students. This public community college is an important part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. It was formed when Jefferson ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Midway University

Midway University

Midway, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$24,895
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate86.0%
RN Programs best-value score54.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Prestonsburg, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,810
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate85.6%
RN Programs best-value score91.9
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate96.2%
LPN/LVN best-value score99.1

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is located in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. This public two-year institution was established in 2003. It offers students the ability to pursue several academic programs. There are associate degree courses in various areas of study. Students will also ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • CNA
  • LPN to ADN
Ashland Community and Technical College

Ashland Community and Technical College

Ashland, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,380
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate84.0%
RN Programs best-value score90.7
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate85.4%
LPN/LVN best-value score97.7

Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) is located in Ashland, Kentucky. This is a public two-year institution that was established back in 1938. ACTC offers students a large number of different educational opportunities. Students can pursue several technical certificates to advance ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$16,523
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate82.4%
RN Programs best-value score69.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
Murray State University

Murray State University

Murray, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,562
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate81.6%
RN Programs best-value score79.8

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
American National University-Lexington

American National University-Lexington

Lexington, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,755
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate81.6%
RN Programs best-value score65.0

Programs offered

  • ADN
Spalding University

Spalding University

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,619
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate80.8%
RN Programs best-value score60.8

Spalding University is a private university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Founded in 1814 in Louisville, Kentucky, the university offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs. The university started as Nazareth Academy and was renamed Spalding College in 1969. The college ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Lindsey Wilson College

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$15,897
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate80.6%
RN Programs best-value score70.5

Programs offered

  • BSN
Beckfield College-Florence

Beckfield College-Florence

Florence, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,385
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate79.3%
RN Programs best-value score58.5
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate91.4%
LPN/LVN best-value score65.8

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University

Frankfort, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,561
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate74.2%
RN Programs best-value score82.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

Bowling Green, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,936
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate73.6%
RN Programs best-value score90.3
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score98.9

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The community college was established in 1939 and it is a part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The school was formerly known as Bowling Green Technical College. SKYCTC ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
Spencerian College-Louisville

Spencerian College-Louisville

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$27,325
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate71.3%
RN Programs best-value score39.9
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate84.8%
LPN/LVN best-value score49.5

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
Kentucky Christian University

Kentucky Christian University

Grayson, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,025
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate66.3%
RN Programs best-value score58.8

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Daymar College-Owensboro

Daymar College-Owensboro

Owensboro, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,928
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate54.8%
RN Programs best-value score44.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
Maysville Community & Technical College - Mt. Sterling

Maysville Community & Technical College - Mt. Sterling

Maysville, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan Campus

Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan Campus

Morehead, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
Somerset Community College - Albany Ext. (Clinton Co.)

Somerset Community College - Albany Ext. (Clinton Co.)

Albany, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
ATA College

ATA College

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,395
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate84.7%
LPN/LVN best-value score63.1

Programs offered

  • LPN
Frontier Nursing University

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
Alice Lloyd College

Alice Lloyd College

Pippa Passes, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$14,075

Programs offered

  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • BSN
University of the Cumberlands

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,212

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN
Sullivan University

Sullivan University

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,843

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN
  • ADN
  • RN to BSN
Union College

Union College

Barbourville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,051

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
Lincoln College of Technology

Lincoln College of Technology

Fern Park, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following schools are closed permanently.

Brown Mackie College-Louisville (Closed in 2017)
LPN
Brown Mackie College-Northern Kentucky (Closed in 2016)
LPN
Saint Catharine College (Closed in 2016)
ADN
ITT Technical Institute-Louisville (Closed in 2016)
ADN
ITT Technical Institute-Lexington (Closed in 2016)
ADN

Kentucky's NCLEX-RN pass rate Vs. National Average


Kentucky's NCLEX-PN pass rate Vs. National Average


Kentucky Nursing Salary and Emplyment Statistics


Median Salary
Job title Total Nurses Jobs/1000 Hourly Annual
Registered Nurses 44,410 23.669 $29 $60,340
Nurse Anesthetists 1,040 0.553 $83 $172,750
Nurse Midwives 120 0.062 $46 $94,820
Nurse Practitioners 3,110 1.656 $45 $93,850
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 10,140 5.406 $20 $40,960
Nursing Assistants 23,880 12.724 $12 $25,140
  • Jobs/1000 - the number of jobs (employment) in the given job title per 1,000 jobs (across all occupations ) in the state.
  • Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 Survey