Why earn your RN-BSN at UPIKE?

UPIKE’s RN-BSN program allows nurses who have their ADN to complete coursework online to earn their BSN. The program offers competitive pricing, is nationally accredited and is 100 percent distance learning.

RN-BSN student working in a local hospital.

Program Distinctives

Through the RN-BSN program’s fully-online format, working registered nurses are empowered to advance their careers on their schedules. Currently accepting applications for Fall 2020

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Interesting Courses

NUR 308 Scholarship and Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice
Students develop the knowledge and skills to translate current evidence into practice and choose a topic of interest that is developed into a mini-proposal and presentation.

NUR 401 Population-Based Nursing Care
Students are introduced to the concept of community health and the application of health promotion, disease and injury prevention at the local, national and global population levels.

NUR 405 Nursing Synthesis and Capstone
Students present a project that synthesizes the knowledge, skills and attitudes of baccalaureate generalist nursing practice gained in the curriculum.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the University of Pikeville baccalaureate degree for registered nurses, the graduate will:

1. Synthesize knowledge, theories, and concepts of various disciplines within liberal education into nursing practice.

2. Employ knowledge, skills, and attitudes for leadership, quality improvement and safety in healthcare delivery to diverse populations within complex systems.

3. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, and interprofessional perspectives in communicating, implementing, and evaluating patient-centered care.

4. Apply knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology in the delivery of safe, patient-centered care.

5. Examine the impact of basic processes of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments on access, equity, and affordability in healthcare delivery.

6. Utilize knowledge and skills of health promotion, disease, and injury prevention across the lifespan to improve health in individual and diverse populations.

7. Apply the professional standards and values fundamental to the discipline of nursing to one’s transition into baccalaureate generalist nursing as a provider of care, a designer, coordinator, and manager of care, and a member of the profession.

Career paths in BSN Nursing

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Clinical Nursing Instructor
Family Nurse Practitioner
Staff Nurse

Where Recent Graduates have gone to work or study

Appalachian Hospice Care
Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc.
Baptist Health, Lexington, KY
Eastern Kentucky University
Frontier Nursing University
Highlands Regional Medical Center
Pikeville Medical Center
University of Kentucky, Albert B. Chandler Hospital
University of Kentucky
U.S. Air Force


The University of Pikeville RN-BSN Completion Program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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Atlanta, GA 30326


“After completing my RN, there was no question in my mind which institution I would choose to further my education.  The level of professionalism, support, and academic expectation within the nursing program at UPIKE is unmatchable.  I am now an RN at the University of Kentucky and working toward my masters degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Every supervisor and preceptor I have had since I began working has commented on how well prepared I am.  They often ask where I received my undergraduate degree.  I am always very proud to share with them my experience at the University of Pikeville.”

Jordyn Taylor, RN, BSN, MSN / RN-BSN CLASS OF 2015 /Georgetown, KY


Kathy Hillwig

Administrative Assistant, Division of Nursing
(606) 218-5750, Fax: (606) 218-5768