Nursing Schools in Kentucky

The state of Kentucky is home to 52 nursing schools. This year (2018) we evaluated 42 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best in Kentucky.

NursingExplorer ranking system is statistical. We use the following factors when evaluating schools: NCLEX pass rates, programmatic and institutional accreditations. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

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Complete List of Nursing Schools in Kentucky

Listed below are all nursing schools in Kentucky. Please use the sort feature to view which schools have top RN and LPN programs along with their corresponding average NCLEX pass rates. Click on each school's name to view more detail about the school.

There are a total of 52 nursing schools in the state of Kentucky. And according to our database 4 schools have been closed permanently.

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Union College

Barbourville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate100.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$18,583

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate99.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$17,850

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
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Cumberland, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate97.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$5,544

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Gateway Community and Technical College

Florence, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate97.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$8,968

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Berea College

Berea, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate96.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$2,862

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

Elizabethtown, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$7,499

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate96.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$19,339

Programs offered

  • BSN

Henderson Community College

Henderson, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate98.0%
Cost per annum$7,501

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.2%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$12,255

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
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN

Owensboro Community and Technical College

Owensboro, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate94.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,144

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate94.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$24,742

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
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Lexington, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate92.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate90.3%
Cost per annum$7,739

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

University of Pikeville

Pikeville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate92.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,504

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN

Hazard Community and Technical College

Hazard, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate91.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$5,473

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate91.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$8,910

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
  • LPN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate91.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,249

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

  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate91.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate95.3%
Cost per annum$7,221

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Paducah, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate90.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate97.0%
Cost per annum$7,441

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Galen College of Nursing-Louisville

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate90.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate89.7%
Cost per annum$23,863

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Maysville Community and Technical College

Maysville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate90.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate91.3%
Cost per annum$5,766

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Madisonville Community College

Madisonville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate89.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate96.7%
Cost per annum$7,284

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Morehead State University

Morehead, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.8%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$11,296

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • ADN
  • RN to BSN

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$11,409

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Somerset Community College

Somerset, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate87.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate98.0%
Cost per annum$5,783

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Midway University

Midway, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate86.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$23,802

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Prestonsburg, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate86.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate94.3%
Cost per annum$5,233

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Jefferson Community and Technical College

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate85.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate91.3%
Cost per annum$8,265

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Ashland Community and Technical College

Ashland, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate84.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate81.0%
Cost per annum$6,451

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

American National University-Lexington

Lexington, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate83.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$17,973

Programs offered

  • ADN

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate82.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$15,520

Programs offered

  • ADN

Murray State University

Murray, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate81.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,529

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Spalding University

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate81.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,859

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
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate80.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$15,467

Programs offered

  • BSN

Saint Catharine College

Saint Catharine, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate77.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • ADN

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

Bowling Green, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate77.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$7,106

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Beckfield College-Florence

Florence, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate76.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate89.3%
Cost per annum$27,812

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN

Kentucky State University

Frankfort, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate73.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$6,503

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN

Spencerian College-Louisville

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate72.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate85.3%
Cost per annum$23,621

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Kentucky Christian University

Grayson, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate64.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,290

Programs offered

  • BSN

Daymar College-Owensboro

Owensboro, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate55.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$21,128

Programs offered

  • ADN

Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Versailles, KY
Campus size
College TypeNA NA
NCLEX RN Passrate44.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate44.0%
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

ATA College

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate85.3%
Cost per annum$21,544

Programs offered

  • LPN

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$17,619

Programs offered

  • BSN

Sullivan University

Louisville, KY
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$23,262

Programs offered

  • BSN

Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville Campus

Danville, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Lincoln College of Technology

Fern Park, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley

Cynthiana, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

Maysville Community & Technical College - Mt. Sterling

Maysville, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan Campus

Morehead, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

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

Albany, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Somerset Community College - Laurel Campus South

London, KY
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following instructions are closed permanently.

Brown Mackie College-Louisville (Closed in 2016)
LPN
Brown Mackie College-Northern Kentucky (Closed in 2016)
LPN
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