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A Tradition of Education, Research, Practice and Service

The University of Kentucky College of Nursing is preparing the next generation of providers, leaders, researchers and policy makers to improve healthcare delivery, promote nursing excellence, revolutionize health care and promote the highest levels of wellness.

Our programs stand as a testament to academic excellence and our commitment to shaping compassionate and competent nurses. Through cutting-edge curriculum, experienced faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities, the UK College of Nursing empowers students to embark on a transformative journey into the world of healthcare.

Dean's Welcome

Meet Dr. Rosalie Mainous, our sixth Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing. Mainous is a Lexington native and UK doctoral graduate. 

Inclusive Excellence

We embrace diversity and inclusion as core values and are dedicated to creating a supportive and empowering environment for each unique individual. 

Wellness Resources

At the UK College of Nursing, we prioritize the well-being of our nursing students, providing comprehensive mental health resources to ensure you have the support needed to thrive.

1st DNP Program in the Country

$36.2m in active research and training awards

1st PhD in Nursing program in Kentucky

Fast Fact & Points of Pride

Discover our impressive achievements and points of pride, from being the first in the country to offer a DNP program, to achieving exceptional NCLEX pass rates, esteemed rankings, and groundbreaking research initiatives. 

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CON Events

Explore our college's exciting events that celebrate knowledge, compassion, and the boundless potential of healthcare. From alumni wine tastings to scholarship brunches, there are plenty of ways to engage with fellow students, alumni, faculty, & staff. 


Our History

Since its first class graduated in 1964, the University of Kentucky College of Nursing has modeled innovation and excellence in nursing education. The program has prepared thousands of nurses, men and women who have helped lead our country’s health care system as caregivers, executive leaders, effective teachers, trail-blazing researchers, policymakers and community transformers.