Nursing Schools in Kentucky

There are 50 nursing schools in Kentucky. This year, we evaluated 39 schools, and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best-value schools. Our data-driven ranking system uses the NCLEX pass rates and average net price to calculate the ranks. According to our research, we determined that the NCLEX pass rate of a school has a strong correlation with the quality of education provided by the school. On the other hand, we can easily assess the affordability of the schools by comparing their net price. By combining these two metrics, we managed to create a ranking scale that tells us the return on investment of each school. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here

Each school has two separate rankings. One for the RN program and one for the LPN program. Use the Filter By options to see each list. The Sort By button allows you to sort the list by school name, cost, or rank.

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Berea College
Berea, KY
Berea College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$1,680

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
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Madisonville Community College
Madisonville, KY
Madisonville Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,359
NCLEX-RN Pass rate89.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.9%

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
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Henderson Community College
Henderson, KY
Henderson Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,542
NCLEX-RN Pass rate96.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate97.3%

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
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Maysville Community and Technical College
Maysville, KY
Maysville Community and Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,415
NCLEX-RN Pass rate89.1%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate92.4%

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
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Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Cumberland, KY
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,481

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 - closed in 2014
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Paducah, KY
West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,865
NCLEX-RN Pass rate90.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate97.4%

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
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Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Elizabethtown, KY
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,252
NCLEX-RN Pass rate96.0%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

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
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Hazard Community and Technical College
Hazard, KY
Hazard Community and Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,157
NCLEX-RN Pass rate94.1%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

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
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Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Prestonsburg, KY
Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,810
NCLEX-RN Pass rate85.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

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
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Somerset Community College
Somerset, KY
Somerset Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,045
NCLEX-RN Pass rate86.3%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate97.3%

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
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Jefferson Community and Technical College
Louisville, KY
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,330
NCLEX-RN Pass rate86.3%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate90.2%

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
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Gateway Community and Technical College
Florence, KY
Gateway Community and Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,443

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
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Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
Bowling Green, KY
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$5,936
NCLEX-RN Pass rate73.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

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
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Ashland Community and Technical College
Ashland, KY
Ashland Community and Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,380
NCLEX-RN Pass rate84.0%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate85.4%

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
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Hopkinsville Community College
Hopkinsville, KY
Hopkinsville Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,782
NCLEX-RN Pass rate92.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate94.0%

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
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Owensboro Community and Technical College
Owensboro, KY
Owensboro Community and Technical College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$6,809

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
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Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Lexington, KY
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,496
NCLEX-RN Pass rate92.0%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate91.0%

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
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Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
Northern Kentucky University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,338

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
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Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY
Kentucky State University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,561

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY
Eastern Kentucky University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,659

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
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Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
Western Kentucky University
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,817

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Morehead State University
Morehead, KY
Morehead State University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$12,136

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • ADN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Murray State University
Murray, KY
Murray State University
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,562

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
University of Louisville
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$17,008

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
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Thomas More College
Crestview Hills, KY
Thomas More College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,221

Programs offered

  • BSN
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University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
University of Kentucky
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$19,361

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
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University of Pikeville
Pikeville, KY
University of Pikeville
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,297

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
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Lindsey Wilson College
Columbia, KY
Lindsey Wilson College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$15,897

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Campbellsville University
Campbellsville, KY
Campbellsville University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$16,523

Programs offered

  • ADN
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American National University-Lexington
Lexington, KY
American National University-Lexington
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,755

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Galen College of Nursing-Louisville
Louisville, KY
Galen College of Nursing-Louisville
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$23,161
NCLEX-RN Pass rate90.9%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate90.2%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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Spalding University
Louisville, KY
Spalding University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,619

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
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Beckfield College-Florence
Florence, KY
Beckfield College-Florence
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,385
NCLEX-RN Pass rate79.3%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate91.4%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Bellarmine University
Louisville, KY
Bellarmine University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$24,711

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
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Kentucky Christian University
Grayson, KY
Kentucky Christian University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,025

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Midway University
Midway, KY
Midway University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$24,895

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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Daymar College-Owensboro
Owensboro, KY
Daymar College-Owensboro
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,928

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Spencerian College-Louisville
Louisville, KY
Spencerian College-Louisville
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$27,325
NCLEX-RN Pass rate71.3%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate84.8%

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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ATA College
Louisville, KY
ATA College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,395
NCLEX-PN Pass rate84.7%

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Frontier Nursing University
Hyden, KY
Frontier Nursing University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
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Alice Lloyd College
Pippa Passes, KY
Alice Lloyd College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$14,075

Programs offered

  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • BSN
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University of the Cumberlands
Williamsburg, KY
University of the Cumberlands
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$19,212

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN
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Sullivan University
Louisville, KY
Sullivan University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,843

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN
  • ADN
  • RN to BSN
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Union College
Barbourville, KY
Union College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,051

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville Campus
Danville, KY
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley
Cynthiana, KY
Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Maysville Community & Technical College - Mt. Sterling
Maysville, KY
Maysville Community & Technical College - Mt. Sterling

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan Campus
Morehead, KY
Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan Campus

Programs offered

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

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Somerset Community College - Laurel Campus South
London, KY
Somerset Community College - Laurel Campus South

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

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