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Upper & Lower Division Fees


Can be purchased at the Health Sciences Bookstore or Gray's Bookstore.

Cardinal Card ID

Cardinal Card ID is required by all students. Costs vary.

Health Services Fee

This fee is charged to all Health Science Campus Students each semester through the Student Health Services Office and can not be waived.

Parking Permit

Students are required to buy a permit if they plan to park in any UofL parking facility. More information is available through University Parking.

University Fees

This includes a general listing of fees through the University of Louisville Bursar's Office.

Upper Division Fees

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Testing

ATI tests are taken by students throughout their nursing education to evaluate where each student is in their knowledge building. These exams indicate where students need to improve their knowledge base. The culminating exam is a Comprehensive Predictor Exam, which is highly predictive of success on NCLEX, the national standardized exam required for licensure as a Registered Nurse. The price for the ATI exams program is $105 the first semester and approximately  $81 for each additional semester (with no charge for repeated courses). The total cost per student is about $358 (effective July 1, 2008).

Background Check

Hospitals and clinical sites across the area now require certified background checks on students, following the passage of Kentucky Legislature House Bill 136. Beginning in August 2007, SON started requiring the background checks. Prospective students can access the background check information on-line. The cost is about $40, which is submitted directly to the company and is part of the  application process. Contact the Office of Student Services with questions.

Clinical Laboratory Fee

The Clinical Laboratory Fee is accessed for each student enrolled in any required upper division nursing course. The purpose of the fee is to support the maintenance and operation of the Learning Resource Center and the expenses associated with providing clinical instruction.

Health Insurance

This is charged to all Health Science Campus Students through the Student Health Services Office unless waived by the student. All students at UofL's Health Sciences Center are required to carry health insurance.


iClickers are required in many of the undergraduate courses and are purchased at the Bookstore at a cost of approximately $25.


All students are required to have up to date immunizations. Costs are responsibility of the student.

Liability Insurance

All students in a clinical course are required to carry Student Liability Insurance. Cost depends on carrier. Office of Student Services provides a list of carriers. SON does not endorse any particular insurance company. Typical cost is about $30 for pre-licensure students and approximately $75-$100 for Registered Nurses. The policy must be for 1,000,000 /3,000,000 dollar coverage.

Name Tags

Name tags are required by all students. Current cost is approximately $8.


Students are required to purchase their own stethoscope when admitted to the program. Although the cost varies, the recommended mid-range stethoscope (Littman Classic II) costs approximately $82. This can be purchased through the U of L chapter of Kentucky Association of Nursing Students or from a medical supply company.


Students are required to have uniforms for both hospital and community experiences. The official uniform for hospital experiences consists of a red tunic top with black stripes for women and a solid red scrub top for men with the official SON patch affixed to the right sleeve. Uniforms (tunic tops, scrub tops, pants and skirts) are  available from the HSC Bookstore for about $13.98-$18.98 per piece. Alternate clinical attire includes a SON polo shirt (approximately $24) and black pants in the clinical experiences for Community Health Nursing, Psych – Mental Health, and in the Health Assessment Lab. A lab coat may be needed for some clinical placements.

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