About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares students for a career in professional nursing by providing a dynamic course of study that is both theoretical and practical. As citizens of a larger community, our focus is to address the complex health care needs of diverse and dynamic populations through nursing education, research, scholarship and service. Our students graduate prepared to demonstrate excellence in nursing science, practice and leadership in a variety of settings for the benefit of clients across the lifespan and to meet the evolving health care needs of society. Our BSN program also provides the necessary foundation for masters and doctoral degrees in nursing.

By including a core of knowledge in the humanities and the behavioral, physical, and biological sciences, as well as theory and practice of professional nursing graduates of the BSN program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Licensure Disclosure
Graduates from the UofL School of Nursing are prepared to apply for RN licensure upon graduation; however, educational preparation does not guarantee professional licensure. If you have questions regarding Kentucky RN licensure, please contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing (kbn.ky.gov/apply/Pages/Examination/examination.aspx). For RN licensure questions in other states, please contact the respective state board of nursing (ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm).

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The bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs at University of Louisville are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


Deadlines – July 1st for Fall Term; December 1st for Spring Term

Students who have 24 or more transferable credit hours and at least a 2.8 cumulative undergraduate GPA may apply to the lower division of Nursing by visiting the Office of Undergraduate Admission - Transfer Services website. Please select ‘Nursing, Owensboro Program (BSN)’ for your major.

Transfer Students from KCTCS Schools and ULtra with 24 or more transferable credit hours are asked to email your appropriate advisor to request an evaluation of course work for lower division. An unofficial evaluation of coursework may be requested through the Office of Transfer Services under the Transfer Admissions section. All transfer students are required to be advised prior to registering.


Students who are currently enrolled at UofL may transfer into the lower division of Nursing by completing an intra-university transfer request. To be eligible to transfer into the lower division of Nursing, a student must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 and have completed one semester at UofL. Intra-university transfer requests are approved at the end of each semester.


Deadlines – May 1st for Fall Term; September 15th for Spring Term

Admission to upper division is competitive. The School of Nursing admits up to 35 students each fall and spring semester.

Students interested in applying to upper division must have the following to be eligible for consideration:

    • Admission to lower division of Nursing through the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
    • Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.
    • Minimum 3.0 nursing program GPA
    • Student must be in the last semester of completing all lower division course work at time of application. * Students applying for fall admission may finish remaining lower division course work the summer prior to the fall semester to which they are applying.
    • Goal Statement - Write a story, biography, or narrative describing your personal qualities as they pertain to a successful nursing career. Address your perception of the profession of nursing and how you came to choose this career. Describe your short and long term nursing career goals. Complete in 500 words or less.
Lower Division Nursing students who have met this criteria are eligible to apply. Application Procedures for Upper Division


School of Nursing Upper Division Costs

Assessment Technologies Institute Testing (ATI)

Approximately $900; divided into two payments

1st and 3rd semesters

Background Check

$58; paid with upper division application


$1700; varies based on student selection.

Cardinal Card (Student ID)

$10 Replacement Costs

Castlebranch Compliance Tracker


Central Registry CAN Check$10

Clinical Laboratory Fees; 300 and 400 Level Nursing Courses

$30 per instruction credit; $45 per clinical credit. Assessed at registration.

Drug Screen


Heartcode BLS CPR Training (If Needed)



Visit Campus Health website for individual costs.

Liability Insurance

$50 estimate per year

Major Medical Health Insurance

$1,544; may waive with proof of insurance

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Nursing Pack

Approximately $100

Scrub Tops/Pants

$100; varies based on student selection


$85-$160 depending on model

Student Health Fee

$52.50 per semester, Campus Health Services

Uniform, Polo Shirt

$26 - $29

Financial Aid

For questions regarding UofL Financial Aid, please click here.

School of Nursing Office of Student Services - Owensboro


UofL School of Nursing - Owensboro
1000 Breckenridge St., Suite 400
Owensboro, Kentucky 42303


Victoria Ochoa, Academic Counselor, Sr.

UofL Office of Admissions


Office of Admissions

Q: How many students are admitted into upper division?

A: At the Owensboro Extension, 35 students will be admitted to upper division in the fall semester and 35 students in the spring semester.

Q:  Is the program full-time?

A: Students may attend full or part-time while enrolled in lower division.  Upper division requires full-time enrollment for four consecutive semesters.

Q:  What is the length of the program?

A: It is possible to complete the program in four years if students are enrolled full-time while in lower division.

Q:  What degree is earned?

A: Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Q:  What is the grade point average required for admissions?

A: A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 is required for admission into lower division. A minimum 3.0 nursing program grade point average is required for consideration into upper division, effective fall 2019.

Q:  How competitive is it to get into upper division?

A: The applicant pool credentials vary with each admit term.  The applicants are ranked on their program grade point average.   The number of applications has ranged from 90-160 for Louisville and 40 for the Owensboro Extension.  Historically, the program grade point averages have been over 3.3 for admitted students.

Q:  What happens if I am not admitted into upper division?

A: Students that are not admitted into upper division are advised to meet with their academic nursing advisor to plan a strategy on improving the quality of their application or other options.  This may include repeating courses, looking into other health profession related majors or other nursing programs.

Q:  Can I take courses at other institutions and transfer them into nursing?

A: Students may transfer courses from other regionally accredited institutions.  All courses are evaluated at the university level through the Office of Transfer & Adult Services for course equivalency.

Q:  Are there additional costs for the nursing program?

A: Yes, in addition to the undergraduate tuition rate, the upper division nursing program includes lab and clinical fees, incidentals such as uniforms, stethoscopes, technology software and hardware, and textbooks. Please refer to the Tuition section under the Admissions tab for additional information regarding upper division costs.

Q. Is Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training required?

A. Nurse Aide Training (NAT) training is a clinical compliance requirement for upper division. Please refer to the Nurse Aide Training (NAT) / Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) page for additional information.