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Morehead State University
Center for Health, Education & Research
316 W. Second St., Ste. 201
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2296
Fax: 606-783-9123


The Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: (404) 975-5000.

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The Morehead State University Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADNP) Faculty is proud to announce the implementation of a new curriculum beginning fall 2015. The ADNP will be moving to a concept based curriculum which provides organizing principles to build upon. The new conceptual curriculum is designed to promote clinical reasoning around central concepts rather than memorization of difficult to relate material. Teaching strategies within the new curriculum include many active learning strategies that promote the development of effective clinical reasoning.

The new ADNP Curriculum is a 60 hour curriculum with eight hours of prerequisite courses. This curriculum will include a new prerequisite course NURA 112: Introduction to Nursing Concepts, which will be offered for the first time fall 2015. Students seeking to apply for program admission for the spring 2016 semester should take NURA 112 during the fall 2015 semester. A pre-requisite requirement for NURA 112 includes a composite ACT score of 20 or higher. 

 The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADNP) is a program of study leading to an associate of applied sciences degree (AAS) with an area of concentration in nursing. The program combines general education studies with nursing theory and clinical education. The program is designed to prepare graduates for a career as a registered nurse. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The ADNP offers courses at both the Morehead Campus and MSU @ Mt. Sterling.

The program has a selective admission process and limited enrollment. Students are admitted twice yearly, with classes beginning in January and August. Qualified applicants must meet prerequisites and other qualifications as outlined in the ADNP admission criteria. Following admission into the program, students will undergo four semesters of full-time course work including classroom, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. 

The ADNP Admission and Progression Committee is pleased to announce that a proposal was passed by unanimous consent of the faculty to increase the number of semesters to complete the nursing program from six to seven semesters. The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Morehead State University is committed to providing quality nursing education and promoting student success.

Dr. Teresa Howell, Chair
ADNP Admission and Progression Committee


ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.)

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326 

Status: Continuing accreditation with conditions.

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN)

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) 312 Whittington PkySuite 300Louisville, KY 40222 

Board of Nursing approval Status: Monitoring

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program
Registered Nurse (RN)

According to the 2011 Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS) report,  Registered Nurses comprise the greatest number of healthcare professionals with a total employment of approximately 2.6 million jobs. The Registered Nurse (RN) has a panoramic set of responsibilities. The RN is responsible for treating patients, educating patients, families and the public, helping perform and analyze diagnostic tests and administering treatment and medications. The RN will also work to teach patients and their families topics such as diet, exercise, nutrition and self medication administration.

Registered Nurses are employed in a variety of settings. According to the 2011 BLS report, 60% are employed in hospitals, either public or private. RNs are also employed in physician’s offices, home health care services, nursing care facilities and employment services. Some RNs choose to pursue advanced degrees that allow them to practice as Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Public Health Nurses or Nurse Anesthetists.

The job outlook for RNs is excellent. According to the BLS report in 2008 2,618,700 were employed. The projected employment in 2018 is 3,200,200, an increase of 581,500 or 22%. Demand will remain high for registered nurses in hospitals, employment services and extended care settings. In addition, there will be an increased demand for registered nurses will be in physician’s offices and home health services, according to the BLS report.

The average starting annual salary for a Registered Nurse in Kentucky is $40,314. 


Admission to Morehead State University (see MSU admission requirements).

Admission Criteria

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program has limited enrollment on the Morehead and Mt. Sterling campuses.  The following criteria are used
to determine conditional acceptance to the ADN Program for ADNP applicants and Paramedic to ADN Track applicants:

 The admission criterion for the new curriculum follows:


1. American College Test (Enhanced ACT) Score with a mandatory minimum composite score of 20 or higher.

2. Grade Point Requirements:

                A. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 with a minimum grade of “C” in prerequisite courses required for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

                                BIOL 234 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 

                                Math Core MATH 135, Mathematics for Technical Students, recommended (or 131, 152, 174, 175 or equivalent)

                                NURA 112: Pre Nursing

                B. Priority will be given to students meeting admission guidelines with HESI Admission   Assessment composite scores of 75 or greater when other criterion is equal.

                C. Applicants with a grade less than “C” on two courses required for the ADNP within the last two years from the term of application due date (last) Friday in March, last Friday in October) are not eligible for admission.

                D. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all work at Morehead State University.

                E. Applicants may be conditionally admitted to the program pending successful completion of prerequisite courses required for admission to the program.   

3. Final acceptance will be dependent on maintaining course grades and grade point average as well as meeting CPR and Health requirements by established dates. Compliance with the Technical Performance Standards is also required.

4. Paramedic to ADN Track applicants must (1) successfully complete the National Standard Curriculum paramedic course, (2) hold an active and unrestricted national or state certification to practice as a Paramedic, and (3) have the equivalent of one year’s experience as a Paramedic.

5. Paramedic to ADN Track applicants must successfully complete (with a minimum grade of “C”) all other prerequisite courses prior to completion of the NURA 113, Paramedic to ADN Track Transitional Concepts Course.

6. Paramedic to ADN Track applicants must seek admission into the ADNP within one year after completion of the NURA 113, Paramedic to ADN Transitional Concepts Course, with a grade of “C” or  higher.  Please refer to the Paramedic to ADN Track Course Sequence. - 

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7. Clinical education is a mandatory component of the ADNP. Due to accreditation requirements of the clinical education centers, students will be required to obtain a criminal background check and undergo drug testing prior to acceptance to the clinical assignment. The student is responsible for any incurred cost. Any student who fails acceptance to the clinical assignment will be unable to complete the program.


Conditions for Enrollment

1. Students may be assigned to clinical practice areas other than those in the immediate area, requiring traveling up to 1.5 hours from the assigned campus. Transportation to and from these settings is the responsibility of the student.

2. Clinical experiences and formal lectures may be required during various hours of the day, evening, and night.

3. Students have the responsibility for the cost incurred by enrollment in the nursing program. This cost includes CPR, immunizations, professional malpractice insurance, criminal background check, academic materials, testing fees, clothing, and equipment.


Application Deadlines

Admission criteria and procedures are reviewed on an annual basis. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify current application criteria and procedures prior to the application deadline.

Application for Fall admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program and the Paramedic to ADN Track is made in the spring semester prior to fall classes. The application deadline date is the last Friday in March. Application for Spring admission is made in the fall semester prior to spring classes. The application deadline date is the last Friday in October.


The ADNP Faculty is very excited about the new curriculum and look forward to providing an efficient, effective and progressive program to promote student success. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new curriculum, please contact our Academic Counseling Coordinator, Carla Aagaard at 606-783-2641 or  or your academic advisor. 

Department of Nursing Suite 201
316 W. 2nd. St.
Morehead, KY 40351

Primary Phone: 606-783-2641

E-mail: Carla Aagaard

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