Students can obtain two degrees in five years through the partnership, which includes a Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Effective Jan. 1, 2024, Asbury University and the University of Kentucky College of Nursing have a dual enrollment agreement for students to complete both an Asbury bachelor’s degree and, after transferring to UK with preferred admission to UK College of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in under five years, meeting a direct need for highly qualified nurses in the state of Kentucky and beyond.
“The importance of training new nurses is a major national and state priority, and the program at the University of Kentucky prepares high-performing nursing students who can promptly develop and utilize the latest and most advanced techniques and medical treatments for patients,” said Asbury University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Sherry Powers, Ed.D. “Asbury students with a foundation in Christian liberal arts combined with their nursing education are well equipped health care professionals with valuable job-ready skills, competencies to establish trusting relationships with patients, skillful understanding of the diverse needs of individuals, critical thinking skills that facilitate high level decision-making, and expertise to navigate the world with Christian generosity and wisdom.”
“Asbury’s Christian outlook on nursing has helped me as I have worked as a nurse aide in geriatrics at Wesley Village. After I graduate with my BSN, I plan to work in labor and delivery.”Paige Wall ’24Pre-Nursing student
The partnership program is designated as the Dual Degree Nursing Program and is effective in the curricula of both Asbury University and the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. It includes the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Traditional and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) tracks. Each academic year, the University of Kentucky will have allotted spaces for Asbury students to the Traditional BSN and the ABSN under this dual degree agreement.
UK’s BSN program is ranked in the top 2% nationally by U.S. News and World Report 2023. The program boasts an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio in undergraduate clinical groups and 75% or more of graduating BSN classes have job offers prior to graduation. Additionally, graduates achieve a 98% passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
“We are so excited to partner with Asbury University to develop the next generation of nurses. This coordinated effort between our institutions will help us to address the statewide emergency nursing shortage declared by the governor,” said UK College of Nursing Dean Rosalie Mainous, Ph.D. “We are proud to expand our BSN program to create well-rounded, highly qualified nurses in partnership with Asbury. This dual enrollment agreement will help more students follow their passion, combining the best both universities have to offer, so these students may serve their communities through the delivery of quality health care.”
Contact Dr. Bruce Branan, Asbury’s Advisor for the Health Professions, for more information and help in preparing for a career in nursing.