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CCNE Reaccreditation Visit:  September 14-16, 2020

The School of Nursing at Northern Kentucky University will host an evaluation team from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) to review the BSN and MSN programs for reaccreditation. This virtual visit is scheduled for September 14-16, 2020 at Northern Kentucky University.  Interested individuals and groups are invited to make comments directly to CCNE. All comments are considered confidential and are shared only with the evaluation team. Comments will be accepted until August 24, 2020. Please submit comments to:


In the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program, you will learn how to provide care for people of all ages and in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics and community agencies. Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity for experiential learning in our state-of-the-art simulation center. As a graduate of the BSN Program you will be prepared to become a health care leader in a global society.

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The BSN degree allows for graduates to practice in a profession that integrates science and the art of caring.  Once you successfully complete the degree you will be eligible to sit for the state board licensing exam to become a registered nurse.  Registered nurses with a BSN degree are able to work in a variety of practice areas such as:

  • Acute care settings
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Specialty areas including pediatrics, maternity, and mental health nursing
  • Community health settings including schools, clinics, and health departments

Program Contact Information

Caitlin Drouillard Ahlrichs
BSN Advisor  A - K


Tom Liauba
BSN Advisor  L - Z



The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master’s degree in nursing and postgraduate APRN certificate at Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.




The Northern Kentucky University BSN nursing programs are approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing ( 

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After the completion of the first semester of nursing, you will be able to work as a patient care assistant in the hospital.

Our students are gaining professional experience in area hospitals such as St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Christ Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.