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.

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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

As a UPIKE RN-BSN graduate, you’ll be able to synthesize knowledge, theories and methods of a variety of disciplines into nursing practice; employ leadership, quality improvement and client safety in the provision of system-wide improvements for healthcare delivery to diverse populations; integrate theory, clinical judgment and inter-professional perspectives in communicating and applying current evidence-based practices; apply information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient care; examine the impact of basic processes of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments on access, equity and affordability in healthcare delivery; utilize knowledge of health promotion, disease and injury prevention across the lifespan; and apply professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct to practice dilemmas and clinical practice.

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


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“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