Why should I major in nursing? 

University of Pikeville (UPIKE) Elliott School of Nursing offers two degree options – the two-year Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (referred to as ASN) and the RN-BSN completion program for those who already hold a RN license.

The ASN is a two-year program leading to an Associate of Science Degree, with a major in nursing. The ASN program also permits Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to earn an ASN in two semesters, once admitted to the LPN-to-RN program of study. UPIKE’s ASN has approval status from the Kentucky Board of Nursing and has met all requirements to offer an ASN program.

At present, the ASN program has not applied for voluntary national accreditation with the Accrediting Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN). In some cases, voluntary national accreditation of an ASN program may be a condition of employment by an agency such as the Veteran’s Administration or admission to another nursing program. Please check individually with an agency or university/college of interest.

The RN-BSN program leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a major in nursing. The RN-BSN program is nationally accredited by ACEN. Please refer to appropriate links on the University’s Nursing website.

A career in nursing offers many rewards for men and women of various ages and backgrounds. Nursing is a profession that has grown in knowledge, skill, prestige and value. Today, scientists and policy makers recognize that nursing plays a key role in improving the health of our nation. Nurses can be found in every area of life, from hospitals to business, from schools to research. Nurses have traditionally provided care for the ill and injured in hospitals. However, roles and responsibilities for nurses have expanded with more emphasis on health promotion and restorative care in the community setting. The educational background required of a RN, whether it is an ASN, BSN, or MSN or higher, will differ by position and agency.

What can I do with a nursing degree from the University of Pikeville?

A nursing career can mean flexibility in the hours you work, the ability to select an area of nursing in which you can excel, working with advanced technology and the knowledge that continuing education is available for all nurse providers. An associate degree in nursing also allows you the foundational education requirements to enroll in a B.S. or higher degree in nursing program. Licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.) in other states and overseas also is an option that enables nurses to travel, gain experience and care for diverse groups of people. Throughout a nursing career, gaining expert knowledge and skills permits greater satisfaction with your career and a knowledge that you are caring for the community. Nursing has career paths to suit most men and women who choose to major in nursing.

Nursing Degree Options

Associate of Science (A.S.) - Nursing
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Nursing (RN-BSN completion program only; for RN's only)


Nursing Careers
Advanced Practice RN*
Clinical Nurse Specialist*
Nurse Anesthetist*
Nurse Midwife*
Critical Care Nurse
Geriatric Nurse
Flight Trauma Nurse
Health Care Manager*
Home Health Nurse
Infection Control Nurse
Maternal-Child Nurse
Medical-Surgical Nurse
Nurse Educator*
Occupational Health Nurse
School Nurse


*These careers may require additional education such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Ph.D. in Nursing and national certification in the specialty track. 

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