School of Nursing restructured to include ASN program

Eastern Kentucky University nursing students work on a patient and show their skills. EKU announced that nursing students will be enrolled into a two-year Associate of Science Nursing program after a restructuring in the College of Health Sciences and increased demand for a two-year nursing program.


Eastern Kentucky University announced on Thursday, June 18, that nursing students will have the opportunity to enroll into a two-year Associate of Science Nursing program (ASN) after a restructuring in the College of Health Sciences and increased demand for a two-year nursing program.

According to the press release, the changes will bring all of EKU’s nursing programs under the umbrella of the newly-renamed School of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences.

“As a school of opportunity, we want program offerings that work for everyone. We know that our nursing graduates are in demand, and this is an additional opportunity for prospective nurses to come to EKU,” said Interim President David McFaddin in the press release. “The newly-named and restructured School of Nursing makes it possible for us to again offer a two-year nursing program that allows students who may be transitioning from one career to the medical field to get a coveted EKU nursing degree.”

In Fall 2018, the previous associate degree in nursing program was part of the Department of Associate Degree Nursing, but due to budgetary constraints, admissions were suspended.

According to the press release, the Kentucky Board of Nursing voted today to rescind the ASN program’s suspension of enrollment and approved EKU to begin enrollment for the ASN program for Fall 2020. 

“With a nursing shortage still a pervasive problem all across the country, and especially in our rural hospitals throughout our service region, it’s vital that we meet students where they are and offer an ASN degree,” said interim dean of the College of Health Sciences Colleen Schneck in a press release. “We are excited to be enrolling students into our program because we know they will bring quality healthcare to the communities they serve.”

The School of Nursing will now offer the ASN program, the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), the RN-BSN program, the Master of Science in nursing with specialty tracks for a family nurse practitioner or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner degrees, and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, all in one department.

“The new program will be structured to ensure that working people with families have the easiest path toward obtaining their degree,” said Brooke Bentley, department chair of the School of Nursing in the press release.

Bentley said that classes will be structured so that most students will only come to campus one day a week and clinical placements will be throughout the EKU service region.

The program will have web-enhanced instruction and clinicals at medical facilities in Rockcastle County, Corbin and Lake Cumberland and Richmond.

The first graduating class from the Associate of Science Nursing program is expected in Spring 2022.

For more information or to apply to the program, visit

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