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Start making a difference. Start changing lives. Start your new life as a nurse.

Whether you are new to nursing or are continuing your education towards a more advanced degree, Galen will help prepare you for success in the lifelong, fulfilling nursing career you desire.


3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

When you’re accepted into Galen’s 3-year BSN program, you’re accepted into the nursing program from the start — general education classes are integrated with the nursing curriculum. The program is designed to prepare students to practice with confidence.

BSN Students

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Hands-on learning, early in the program, allows Galen ADN students to prepare for a rewarding career in nursing in 24 months or less, depending on transfer credits.  No prerequisites are required — general education classes are included in the nursing curriculum.

ADN student

Practical Nursing Program

Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse is a great way to get started in nursing. Galen offers a 12-month full-time program and a 21-month part-time program. LPNs provide patient care under the supervision of an RN or physician.

Bridge student

LPN to ADN Bridge

Galen offers LPN to ADN Bridge options for Licensed Practical Nurses who want to take their education and career to the next level.  Flexible options are available, which may include on-ground, online, day, evening, and weekend course availability.

PN student

Online RN to BSN

Galen’s online option for RNs can be completed in as few as 12 months (based on credit transfer) — or take more time if life demands. With mobile-friendly coursework and 8-week courses, this program fits the working RN’s schedule.

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No. Applicants may provide evidence of a previously earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in lieu of a pre-admission test score. For more information, see our Admissions Requirements.

Yes, Federal Financial Aid is available to students who qualify.  For more information about student loans, please contact your campus Financial Aid department.

Galen’s requirements for clinical experiences are similar to those you will encounter in your professional nursing career. All requirements are designed to ensure continuity of patient care, as well as to protect students, healthcare providers, and patients from the manifestation and spread of diseases.

All students are required to provide proof of the following immunizations in order to participate in clinical experiences:

  • TB skin test or Chest x-ray
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td)
  • Measles (Rubeola)
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Mumps
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza (strongly recommended, but not required at this time)

In addition, students must provide proof of the following in order to participate in clinical experiences:

  • Physical examination
  • Health history
  • Drug testing
  • Criminal background screening authorization form
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification by the American Heart Association (AHA)

Take a moment to view the technical requirements for our courses.

Regional Accreditation

Galen College of Nursing is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Galen College of Nursing.

Programmatic Accreditation

The associate degree in nursing program offered at Galen College of Nursing’s Main Campus in Louisville, Kentucky, and off-campus instructional site in Hazard, Kentucky, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3390 Peachtree Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000,

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Galen College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The master’s degree in nursing program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3390 Peachtree Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000,

Many Galen students work while attending nursing school. However, if you are attending Galen on a full-time basis, it is best to work a very minimal amount of hours. Our nursing degree programs require a considerable amount of time outside the classroom for reading, studying, assignments, etc. You must be very disciplined with your time to be successful at Galen if you plan to work while attending.

In the evaluation of transfer credit, Galen utilizes TES®, the Transfer Evaluation System from CollegeSource, which is the premier interactive database of course data from institutions of higher education, to track and display previously approved courses for transfer. The equivalencies shown are for information purposes only and are subject to change due to changes in curriculum. Galen does not transfer in developmental, prelicensure, or nursing courses taken prior to achieving an RN license.

If you have college credit that you would like to compare to this listing, please go here and follow instructions. If an equivalency is not listed, please contact one of our admissions representatives at (877) 223-7040 who can work with you to submit your courses for evaluation.