Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)


Take a holistic approach to promoting health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. You will gain scientific inquiry, critical thinking and clinical skills to practice as a BSN-degreed nurse. Our program is deeply connected to Louisville’s thriving medical community, and the skills you learn in class and clinicals will translate to opportunities in the field of nursing. If you are a first-time undergraduate student, the traditional 4-year track BSN program is for you.

Program Details

  • 4 Semesters (Two academic years. Optional Summer Semester Internship)
  • 59 credit hours + 824 clinical hours, including a 120-hour clinical practicum
  • 40 students per cohort (cohorts start every August and January)

View our curriculum to learn more about the Traditional BSN program of study.


  • Enjoy student-centered attention in classes and clinical placements
  • Focus on 1 or 2 classes at a time
  • Benefit from a program with a graduation rate that exceeds the national average
  • Gain skills to lead in health care or excel in graduate study
  • Work with a dedicated nursing success coach through graduation
  • Prepare to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam

See the KBN Kentucky Program of Nursing Benchmarks and NCLEX pass rates.

Career Options

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing will prepare you to care for patients and their families in a variety of health care settings from hospitals to home care.

  • Acute care
  • Long-term care
  • Public health
  • Community health
  • Primary care

See our professional licensure disclosure.

Admissions & TEAS Exam

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is used as part of the admissions process for the School of Nursing. See how to apply to the BSN program. View available testing dates and register for the TEAS exam here.

Curriculum Plan

To progress through the School of Nursing, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A grade of “C” or better must be earned in each nursing course.
  • Students enrolled in the nursing program may repeat a nursing class only once.
  • A course taken in the nursing program may not be repeated outside of Spalding University.
  • Any student failing one nursing course will be referred to the Academic Success Coach for a plan of action.
  • Nursing courses may only be taken in the approved sequence as established by the program of study, unless permitted by the Director of the BSN Program.
  • Completion of the nursing program requires that all elements (courses, course work, assignments, clinical experiences, etc.) of the courses on the POS be met within the required time frames established by the SON and the University.

As a nationally accredited institution, our credits are transferable to other accredited institutions. However, courses will transfer at the discretion of the institution where the student is seeking to transfer.

Tuition and Fees

We work to minimize costs to our School of Nursing students by keeping our book costs low and having no lab fees.

See our Undergraduate Tuition and Fees for the most up-to-date tuition and university fee information.

Our program fees include the following:

  • Textbooks – $800
  • ATI learning fee – $1,000-1,400 (can use financial aid for this fee)
  • Lab fees – $0
  • Immunization fees – $0 (if the student is fully vaccinated but can range between $10-20 per booster or lab titer.)
  • Castle Branch service fee – $70
  • Castle Branch Bridges clinical placement platform – $50
  • Exam Soft – $60
  • Uniforms – $30 per set