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Strong faculty, clinical partners help EKU’s online RN-to-BSN degree program earn No. 14 national ranking


A strong student-centered faculty and a nationwide network of clinical partners have helped Eastern Kentucky University’s online RN-to-BSN degree program earn a No. 14 national ranking among 440 such programs from RegisteredNursing.org.

EKU’s nationally accredited, fully online, 29-credit-hour program is aimed at helping nurses with associate degrees achieve their educational and career goals by becoming baccalaureate prepared nurses. Credit is accepted for general education requirements based on an associate degree in nursing, NCLEX licensure and professional experience.

Earlier this year, EKU’s online RN-to-BSN program was ranked first among schools in Kentucky, according to Registered Nursing. The program has also been ranked among the top 15 best value programs nationally by Value Colleges.

“We are so proud of our RN-to-BSN program at Eastern Kentucky University,” said Cathy Edwards, DNP, MSN, RN, program coordinator. “We are fortunate to have the ability to work with our students through video conferencing, as well as virtual office hours. We are also fortunate to have excellent students, dedicated to furthering their education.”

Students may choose from the traditional path, via which they will earn their BSN degree in approximately two years, or an accelerated path that allows them to graduate in 18 months. The program, based on convenient eight-week terms, does not require campus visits, or visits to testing centers.

“I believe students choose EKU because they want a quality education in an atmosphere where faculty care about the students and student success,” said Rhoda James, MSN, RN, professor in the online RN-to-BSN program since its inception in 2014. “When taking this program online, we were cognizant of wanting to maintain stellar student support. This is visible throughout the program by the many layers of student support built into classes.”

Student support includes access to lead faculty, faculty facilitators, instructional designers, the EKU IT help desk, writing assistance through the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity and librarian support through EKU Libraries. Online students also have dedicated academic advisers who help them stay on track with their program progression.

For more information about the program, visit go.EKU.edu/RegisteredNurse.

From Eastern Kentucky University


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