The Elliott School of Nursing has been in operation since 1983 and since then has graduated more than 800 students who have gone on to nursing careers in a variety of settings.  A career as a Registered Nurse enables one to work in a variety of settings, typically with great pay and benefits. Nurses have opportunities to get to know their patients, work as a team, give back to their community, and even travel the world!  Our experienced and dedicated faculty are ready to prepare you for an exciting career.

Nursing ADN

The University of Pikeville Elliott School of Nursing offers a two-year program associate degree in nursing (ADN) program. The ADN program also permits a licensed practical nurse to earn their ADN in two semesters/one year, once admitted to the LPN-to-RN program of study. The ADN program has full approval status from the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Applicants to UPIKE’s nursing program are eligible to apply for the Rural Health Nursing Fellowship, and if accepted, a student who meets all of the obligations could have their nursing school student loan debt paid!

Program Costs

Student Activity Fee$75$150
Room & Board*$4,300$8,600
Required TextbooksFREE

Additional Nursing Program costs (as of January 2022):

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers – $20 (certification is good x 2 years)
  • Criminal Background Check (CastleBranch) – $35
  • CastleBranch Compliance Tracker (document upload of clinical requirements) – $35
  • Urine Drug Screen – $5 annually
  • Medical History & Physical Exam – variable
  • TB skin test & Immunization Costs – variable (TB and flu required annually)
  • Professional Liability Insurance – ~ $43.00 (annual)
  • Uniforms – $35.00 – $45.00
  • University Activity Fee – $150 annually
  • University Graduation Fee – $100
  • UPIKE logo for uniform – $5
  • Stethoscope – $55 (required MDF model)
  • Some NUR courses have course fees.  These course fees cover the following:
    • Skills lab/Equipment fees/Test software – $100 – 150/semester
  • Assessment Technologies, Inc (ATI) Resources – $980 (paid over four semesters)
  • NCLE-RN Test preparation ( covered by course fees)

Costs for licensing after graduation:

  • License application fee (Kentucky Board of Nursing) – $125
  • NCLEX-RN Registration ($200 to Pearson Vue)

ADN Program Benchmarks

Information on program benchmarks can be found in Annual Reports compiled by the Kentucky Board of Nursing, available here:

RN-BSN Degree

The Elliott School of Nursing also offers an online nationally accredited RN-BSN program. This program is for RNs only and has separate admission criteria and curriculum.

The RN-BSN program was the first 100% distance learning program at the University of Pikeville.

Come and see how the Elliott School of Nursing can advance your career!

Accreditation Information

The ADN program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

The baccalaureate nursing program at The University of Pikeville located in Pikeville, Kentucky is accredited by the: 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

You can view the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

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