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!

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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.

RNBSN student in computer lab.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

1. Integrate knowledge, concepts, and theories of various disciplines from the liberal arts and sciences with nursing practice.

2. Incorporate interprofessional perspectives in communicating, applying, and evaluating coordinated, person-centered care with the patient and within multiple contexts.

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

4. Integrate evidence and clinical judgment in the translation, application, and dissemination of knowledge to improve person-centered care and health across populations.

5. Employ knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide quality and safety in healthcare delivery to diverse populations within complex systems.

6. Utilize knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology in the delivery of person-centered care.

7. Apply professional standards and values for the discipline of nursing to one’s transition as a baccalaureate generalist nurse with competency in personal, professional, and leadership development as identified by standards of nursing.

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

Practicum Project Requirements

RN-BSN students must complete practicum hours in two courses, NUR 401: Population Based Nursing Care and 405: Nursing Synthesis and Capstone, with a satisfactory final course grade. 

Course syllabi in NUR 401 and NUR 405 will provide a more detailed description of practicum expectations and requirements. Practicum hours can be completed in the area where you live. 

Spring Semester

The Elliott School of Nursing is announcing a Spring 2024 start for the RN to BSN completion program, learn more here!


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 https://www.acenursing.org/acen-programs/university-of-pikeville


“I am so thankful that UPIKE not only gave me the knowledge base to face caring for my patients during a pandemic but also the ability to care for them confidently, right here at home.”

Kara Chaney Tackett, RN, BSN/RN-BSN Class of 2020/Pikeville, KY


Jessica Williamson

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