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Our Mission

“The mission of the Yancey School of Nursing is to equip students as liberally educated nurses in a Christ centered academic environment, with the values, core competencies, and core knowledge necessary to provide leadership and service for the nursing profession. A population focused health care approach emphasizing health promotion and maintenance serves as the foundation to prepare graduates to function independently as clinical decision makers in multiple health care settings and to pursue advanced professional education.”


The Ministry of Nursing

Established in 2001, the Yancey School of Nursing (YSN) has a reputation for producing exemplary graduates who excel clinically and professionally. The faculty and staff of the YSN believes nursing is a ministry of compassionate, competent, and comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and spiritual caring. Utilizing Jesus Christ as a model of servant leadership, all of the courses in the nursing program are taught from a decidedly Christian perspective. Students are immersed in a supportive learning environment designed to shape them as professional Christian nurses.

The baccalaureate nursing program has been one of exemplary service and growth over the last decade. Most recently, the YSN has expanded its ministry to include online baccalaureate degree completion and graduate level programs. The YSN maintains approval from the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) and accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates from the YSN enjoy an excellent overall NCLEX-RN passage rate and are highly sought after by employers.

Why choose KCU Nursing?

• Learn from experienced, well-qualified faculty who keep abreast of the ever-changing health care environment through continued employment in nursing positions providing direct patient care.
• Fellowship with faculty and staff who are passionate about the educational ministry of KCU and desire to personally invest in each student’s life.
• Enjoy low faculty to student ratios in classroom and clinical settings.
• Participate in an abundance of service opportunities promoting integration of faith and nursing knowledge.
• Practice application of nursing concepts and skills into care of patients in realistic, simulated health care environments utilizing current technology.
• Gain confidence in patient care through hands on clinical experiences in a variety of high quality health care facilities.
• Cultivate knowledge and skills necessary to serve in leadership roles and for the pursuit of advanced nursing degrees.


192797_CCNE_logoAACN logobest-nursing-schools-east  nursing-badgeThe Best Online MSN Programs of 2017

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Kentucky Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( The master’s degree in nursing at Kentucky Christian University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Kentucky Christian University’s prelicensure BSN program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing; the APRN program has developmental approval by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Kentucky Christian University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program has met ANCC’s certification eligibility educational requirements. Students who complete this program have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification examination in this role and population. Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification.

Yancey School of Nursing has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Nursing Schools 2015.” YSN was also named one of the “Best Online RN to BSN Degree Programs for 2016.”

Yancey School of Nursing’s MSN program has been recognized by RN to BSN as the #13 best online MSN program in the country!

Kentucky Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Students are eligible to transfer academic credits to another institution at the discretion of the receiving institution.

KCU does not guarantee that programs that fulfill Kentucky licensure requirements will satisfy the criteria of professional licensure boards in other states or territories. Students from outside the state of Kentucky who are considering a program of study that may lead to professional licensure should contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence before beginning a course of study. Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion.
Directory of State Boards of Nursing:

Every state has authority to regulate institutions offering education within the state’s boundaries, including online/distance learning. The need to seek state authorization for distance learning depends on a combination of the state’s laws and the activities that the program/institution is conducting in that state. KCU is committed to complying with all states’ regulations for distance learning programs. Students from outside the state of Kentucky should contact the program’s coordinator for specific information regarding state authorization in your state.
Linda JusticeLinda Justice
Prelicensure BSN Program Coordinator


Christie Phillips-FearisChristie Phillips-Fearis
RN-BSN Program Coordinator


Kristen Geyer web
Kristen Geyer
APRN Program Coordinator

Kentucky Christian University Yancey School of Nursing is hosting an accreditation site visit for the MSN program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) March 1-3, 2017. Written third-party comments must be received by CCNE by February 8, 2017 and should be directed to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036


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