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Since opening the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program in 1970, the College has proven itself a leader in quality graduate education. Its legacy continued with the opening of the first research-focused PhD Program in Kentucky in 1987 and the first practice-focused DNP Program in the world in 2001. There have been approximately 1500 MSN, 100 PhD and 50 DNP graduates from our graduate programs.


Master of Science in Nursing

Our MSN in Healthcare Systems Leadership program is a 100% online degree program that builds on the student’s current knowledge and expertise. 

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our DNP program will provide expertise in in designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating health care delivery systems and prepare you to lead at the highest clinical and executive ranks.

PhD in Nursing

The College of Nursing PhD program prepares students to conduct clinical research that generates new knowledge applicable to nursing practice and to assume roles in a variety of research settings. 

Postgraduate Certificates

Already have an advanced practice graduate degree but looking to expand your skillset? A postgraduate certificate may be for you! 


1st PhD in Nursing program in Kentucky

Top 5% of DNP programs in the nation

U.S. News and World Report 2022.

1st DNP Program in the country

Information Sessions & Tours

The UK College of Nursing offers several virtual information sessions for prospective students to learn more about each of our graduate programs of study. 

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​A variety of scholarships are available through the College, the University, and even outside private organizations and foundations. Apply today!

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Current Student Resources

Interested in student governance? Looking for College of Nursing resources and policies? Find it here. 

International Students

We are proud that approximately 9 percent of students in the College of Nursing’s graduate program are international students. 

Clinical Simulation & Learning Center

The Clinical Simulation and Learning Center was established in order to provide students with some of the best possible real-world training simulations in the country.