What Makes Us Unique

The University of Louisville School of Nursing (ULSON) is an integral part of a state-supported premier metropolitan university that is the 4th fastest growing research university in the nation. The School is a vital part of the Health Sciences Center which also includes Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Public Health. Situated in the heart of downtown Metro Louisville, KY (population 800,000+), the ULSON is adjacent to a level 1 trauma hospital, multiple other hospitals and outpatient centers, and easy access to rural settings, all which provide clinical education, practice, and research opportunities.


The ULSON has over 1,200 pre-nursing, upper division BSN, MSN, PhD, and DNP students in the undergraduate and graduate programs and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014. Baccalaureate programs include a traditional pre-licensure program, and a RN-BSN on-line option. The second degree pre-licensure program provides an innovative curriculum that upon completion awards students both the Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing. The DNP is focused on developing the advanced practice knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes of individuals or populations through direct care, management of care, administration of organizations, and implementation of health policy. The specialties available are Adult Gerontology Acute, Adult Gerontology Primary, Family, Neonatal and Psychiatric/Mental Health. The PhD has two tracks: a BSN to PhD, and a MSN to PhD that prepare nurse scientists; current students are from across the US and international countries including China, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, and Bahrain.


ULSON offers a rich environment for nursing science through the Office of Nursing Research, with the support of a highly experienced associate dean, full-time biostatistician, full-time research manager, and numerous graduate research assistants. Additional support is provided by the Health Sciences Office of Clinical Research and Support Services.

  • Probationary faculty are supported in the development of an extramurally funded program of research in their interest area by both external and internal research mentors.
  • Current interprofessional research of the faculty focuses on health services research, postpartum depression, oral health, smoking cessation, palliative care, caregivers health particularly for those with dementia, burn prevention, diabetes and chronic disease management, community participatory research with vulnerable populations, exercise and obesity, and oncology, to name a few.
  • Four of our faculty (51 FTE) are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.


Committed to addressing the needs of the community, the ULSON has nurse-led practice sites including:

  • Caregivers Program for families experiencing Alzheimer’s disease
  • Kentucky Racing Health Services Center serving the Churchill Downs racetrack workers.
  • Faculty practice as APRNs in various specialties and settings including adult, women’s, neonatal, psychiatric, family, student health, and Dentistry.

Employment Opportunities

The School of Nursing is committed to creating equitable and inclusive campus environments that accelerate the success of the full range of our students and employees. We believe that employees who feel valued and respected will create policies, programs, practices, research agendas, and services to effectively meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the increasingly diverse student populations we admit and hope to serve.

The School of Nursing is committed to attracting and hiring racially diverse and culturally competent faculty, staff, and leadership at all levels who not only reflect the demographics of our students but also continue to deepen their skills and competencies to serve the full range of our students.

The School of Nursing encourages candidates to apply who have demonstrated capacity to create inclusive work environments, will work effectively on increasingly diverse teams, and will serve the increasingly diverse students we admit want to attract.

External Applicants

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Internal Applicants

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  • Under “Menu,” click the Career icon. 
  • Click on “Find Jobs.
  • Filter job types on the left side of the screen.