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Established in 1965 under the leadership of President Robert R. Martin, Eastern’s nursing program is recognized as one of the best and is one of the school's most popular programs. Martin recognized the need for vocational programs, and that forward-thinking vision gave birth to both Eastern’s law enforcement and nursing degrees. Well-regarded by professional organizations, the program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. EKU offers a wide variety of courses for Nursing starting with a BSN (Bachelor in Science Nursing) all the way to DNP (Doctors of Nursing Practice). The programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Based out of the Rowlett Building, EKU’s program boasts state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated, hardworking faculty that are well known leaders in the health discipline on state, regional and national levels.


  • Nursing class, 1972.  EKU Photo Collection.
  • The first associate degree nursing class, 1967.  EKU Photo Collection.
Ellis, William E. 2015. A history of Eastern Kentucky University : the school of opportunity. n.p.: Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, ©2015.

“Rowlett Building ,” Discover EKU, accessed July 25, 2018, https://discovereku.omeka.net/items/show/852.