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!

Tuition and Aid

To view the full School of Nursing Cost and Aid table visit the link below:

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ADN Program Benchmarks

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

ADN Accreditation Information

Effective April 1, 2024, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  This candidacy status expires on April 1, 2026.

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

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program than concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

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

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!

RN-BSN Accreditation Information

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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