Frequently Asked Questions
Is admission into the nursing program competitive?
No. As long as you meet the admission criteria, you will be accepted into the nursing program.
When do I get to start clinicals?
Clinicals begin your first semester, sophomore year.
What is your NCLEX pass rate?
Bellarmine graduates consistently surpass the national, regional, and local first-time pass rates, and over the last 5 years they have averaged a 91.4% First Time Pass Rate. (Kentucky Board of Nursing data)
What types of clinical settings do you offer?
Clinicals take place in medical surgical, community, pediatric, psychiatric, maternal-child, and critical care settings. Students also complete a leadership clinical where they work with a nurse leader in a hospital setting.
How many graduates find a job when they graduate?
100% of our new graduates find employment upon graduation. Most have jobs secured in their last semester of the program.
As a graduate of our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you’ll be qualified for many roles in the field of nursing. Our alumni have gone on to rewarding careers in acute care hospitals, primary care outpatient clinics, community heath settings,
school health and as nurse educators. You’ll also be qualified to pursue a higher degree, such as a master of science in nursing (MSN), a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP), or a doctoral degree in nursing (PhD). This may include many tracks
such as a nurse practitioner, nursing leadership, or nursing education, among others.
Nursing students enjoy many experiences on campus. The Bellarmine Association of Nursing Students (BANS) organizes, represents and mentors nursing students to convey professionalism in nursing practice, promote networking and serve the local community
through service projects.
The Galileo Learning Community is designed for first-year students interested in careers in health and medical sciences.
Sigma Theta Tau is an honor society for nursing.
Students also have the opportunity to study abroad.
Nursing students who qualify may participate in the Honors Program at Bellarmine.
Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members. Read profiles of all of our distinguished faculty.
Kim Hawkins, PhD, APRN, FNP-C
Interests: Family Nurse Practitioner issues; simulation in healthcare education; interprofessional simulation education; quantitative evaluation; instrumentation
Kelly Ruppel, PhD, RN, CNE
Interests: Evidence-based teaching strategies in nursing education; health behaviors of women; population health; leadership & management.
Carol Smith, PhD, APRN, FNP-C
Interests: Cardiac (MI signs and symptoms); women’s health; critical care
To be admitted to the BSN program you must first be admitted to Bellarmine University. Upon completion of all courses designated in
the BSN curriculum for the freshman year, you must apply for admission into the BSN program. For a comprehensive list of admission requirements, please visit our Admission Requirements page.
Disclosure for Students who Reside outside of Kentucky
- Bellarmine University cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states other than Kentucky. Prior to enrolling in a Bellarmine program, a student who does not reside in Kentucky should contact applicable
licensing board(s) in the student’s home state to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides.
- Nursing licensure contacts: https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm
The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing, Master's degree program in nursing, and
Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Bellarmine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The BSN program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.