Nursing Degrees

It’s hard to pick up a newspaper and not see the headlines stating nurses are in demand! The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment among RNs to be the fastest growing on average for all occupations. Nursing is no longer confined to just hospitals. Though many nurses still find themselves in the exciting environment of a present day hospital, today’s nurses are on staff in numerous professional areas. Because of the skills nurses possess, industry is eagerly seeking out nurses in multiple arenas.

For more than eighty years, Spalding University’s School of Nursing has earned an excellent reputation within our community. The BSN Program is the oldest collegiate-based nursing program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Our rich tradition and high educational standards has prepared over 2,300 registered nurses, who are serving the health care of the public throughout Kentucky, the U.S. and abroad. The School of Nursing also offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). There are three tracks available: Leadership in Nursing and Health Care, Nursing Education, and Nurse Practitioner (Adult, Family, and Pediatrics). Through its program offerings, the School of Nursing remains committed to assuring excellence in nursing practice through innovation in nursing education.

Click here for gainful employment information.



BSN: Pre-licensure Track

The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for post high school students seeking initial entry into the professional practice of nursing. During the first two years, students complete the general education and all prerequisite courses. In the final two years, students complete the clinical portion of the nursing program. Graduates of this program are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as registered nurses.

BSN Handbook 2014-2015

Apply now!  

BSN: (2nd Degree)

We also offer the 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, designed for persons with a bachelor’s degree in another field who would like to pursue the bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). The 2nd Degree Program, innovative in design, adapts the clinical nursing program of the generic BSN program and packages it into eight (8) six- week sessions. This full-time, year round program allows students to complete the BSN curriculum in a timely manner. Graduates of the Program are eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as registered nurses.

Second Degree Accelerated Day Applicants  May 2015 start date

May 2015 Second Degree Application


The RN to BSN (Baccalaureate Nursing Program) is designed for individuals who already hold an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma and are currently licensed to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse.  With many hospitals receiving Magnet status, the need for a BSN degree is necessary more than ever.


What Makes Us Different From Other Schools of Nursing?

Building on liberal education competencies, our faculty takes pride in:

  • Teaching - The reason faculty come to Spalding is because of the relationship that we form with students. Learning is our mission.
  • Personal Approach - Unlike programs that offer only online courses with instructors throughout the nation. We combine the flexibility of completing most coursework via a Virtual Learning Environment and still have personal contact with your instructors in on-site classes scheduled on a small number of Saturdays of each session.
  • Unique scheduling format - Spalding is the only university in the Louisville area that offers courses in six-week block sessions. This program will give transfer general education and nursing education credits from an ADN or Diploma Nursing programs based upon an individual review of the transcript. The student will complete an additional 298 to 343 hours of nursing coursework at Spalding University. The RN to BSN program is offered through the Adult Accelerated Program, whose tuition rates are very competitive with public college tuition rates. This low-intensity format, in which all nursing courses may be completed in one year’s time. This format, also, allows students to commute from the region, and to balance work and family responsibilities with schoolwork. Other general education courses that are needed can be completed through evening and weekend classes offered by the Adult Accelerated Program.
  • Master’s credit course The curriculum includes one master’s level course that will assist you in your future educational goals.
  • Curriculum - Courses are tailored to the student’s individual and occupational needs.

Contact Lynn Askew, MSN, RN, Director of RN to BSN Program, at (502) 585-9911ext. 4280 or for more information.


Masters of Science in Nursing Program

MSN PROGRAM 2013-2014

The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN). The program is designed to prepare nurses for advanced nursing practice in the nurse educator role and nurse practitioner role. Its purpose is to prepare nurses to function in advanced roles of professional nursing in a variety of settings, employing strategies based on scientific knowledge, ethical decision making, and critical analysis of nursing practice to improve the health of the clients that are served. The Master’s Program may be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Deadline for admission:

Application deadline: February 1 of each year for a May start date.

Go to to apply.

The School of Nursing offers the following graduate tracks:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • RN to MSN Bridge Option (for Registered Nurses who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in a discipline other than nursing)
  • Post Master’s Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post Master’s Certificate – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

What’s unique about Spalding’s NP Program

  • First NP Program in Louisville (first class graduated in 1994) -now have graduated more than 400 nurse practitioners
  • Experience level of our faculty-4 faculty teaching in clinical courses have a combined experience of 68 years of practice as a nurse practitioner. The faculty with the least amount of experience has 8 years of practice experience
  • Success in our graduates-we have achieved a greater than 96% pass rate on the ANCC or AANP certification examinations since our first class graduated in 1994. Typically more than half of our graduates have a job before they graduate. Many are hired directly from their clinical rotations.
  • Teaching experience of our faculty-4 Faculty teaching in MSN program have over 80 years of teaching experience.
  • Sense of community-at Spalding you will be part of a small community of learners. You’ll get to know your classmates and your faculty and feel like you’re part of a group with the same goals you have.
  • Service-Spalding’s mission is service to the community. We are involved in multiple community partnerships including HeadStart, local church health ministry, Metro government, local schools, Kentucky Corrections and Special Olympics.
  • Clinical placement-one faculty is dedicated to arranging excellent clinical placements based on the student’s clinical needs. You don’t have to find your own clinical sites-we will place you with an experienced nurse practitioner or physician. On the other hand, if you have a site where you would like to do clinical, we will work with that site to establish it as a clinical placement
  • GRE-you may not have to take the GRE! If your undergraduate GPA was 3.0 or greater, the GRE is waived.
  • Faculty dedicated to your success in the program. We do not accept students who we do not feel can be successful in our program. We work with each student to help them achieve their goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. We work with students before taking the certification examination to be certain they are well prepared for the examination.
  • Flexible scheduling-classes are in the afternoon or evening on Wednesday or all day Thursday. Students may attend full time or part time. Classes start in May.
  • Focused on the future of nurse practitioners-faculty are involved with the state nurse practitioner groups and are involved in changes in nurse practitioner practice. As NP practice evolves to require a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Spalding has plans for a post-Master’s DNP program to start in the near future. This program will allow for a seamless completion of the DNP for all graduates from the Spalding MSN program.

MSN Handbook

For more information or to schedule a campus tour, call (502) 585-7111 or toll free at (800) 896-8941, ext.  7111 or email us at


Doctor of Nursing Practice – Post Master’s

Click here to access specific DNP program information.