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Department of Nursing
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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MSU's Baccalaureate Nursing Programs (BNP) are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW Ste. 530, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: (202) 887-6791.  

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Nursing-Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Post-licensure Online Program

Program Info
Morehead State University Nursing Programs are committed to excellent curricula that are responsive to the current healthcare environments respecting culturally diverse people within our communities, nation, and world.  Nursing students acquire knowledge, skills, and educational competencies that will prepare them for practice as registered nurses.  Each program of learning is tailored to provide the best of nursing care within the degree options.  Individual faculty attention and guidance ensures you will receive the support necessary for excellent student learning outcomes.  We are committed to your success.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530Washington, DC 20036

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN)

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

Board of Nursing approval Status: Monitoring

Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing
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. 


Baccalaureate Nursing Program Post-licensure (RN-BSN) Component

Admission Criteria:
1. Hold an active and unrestricted license to practice as a RN in state where the practicum will take place.
2. Have completed an Associate Degree Nursing or Diploma Nursing Program.
3. Have completed 45 hours of prescribed general education and support courses required for the BSN degree.
4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on all course work required for admission to the RN-BSN component of the Baccalaureate Nursing Program.
5. Hold a minimum grade of “C” in each of the required general education, support, and nursing courses.
6. Have documentation of current American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider’s certification.
7. Have documentation of compliance with all immunization requirements.
8. Need to be compliant with the Technical Performance Standards.
9. Have documentation of current professional malpractice insurance.
10. Have documentation of a criminal background check.

Special Notes for Enrollment:
1. NURB 326: Advanced Health Assessment and NURB 327: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice is open to ANY RN that holds an active and unrestricted license. They may be taken PRIOR to official admission to the BNP Post-licensure (RN-BSN Online Program) Component. NURB 326 and NURB 327 will be offered online in the fall and spring semester.
2. After satisfactory completion of NURB 326: Advanced Health Assessment, NURB 327: Transition to Professional Nursing Practice, and unconditional/official admission to the RN-BSN Online Program, 32 K credit hours (NUR 375) will be awarded for lower level nursing courses or pre-licensure RN program.
3. Progression to any NURB course required in the Semester Two and Semester Three of the RN-BSN Online Program curriculum will be restricted to unconditional/official admitted students.
4. Students who received credit for Anatomy and Physiology during their ADN program through KCTCS by taking ANA 104 will need to complete a credit for prior learning portfolio in order to receive credit for the following pre-requisites: BIOL 234 & BIOL 235.

The bachelor's degree requires students to:
1. Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of prescribed and elective college credit, 42 semester hours of which must be courses numbered 300 or above. See the academic programs section of this catalog for the specific requirements of the area of concentration or major and minor programs.
2. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all work completed at the University and on all work completed to satisfy area of concentration or major and minor requirements.
3. Complete an area of concentration of no fewer than 48 semester hours or a major of no fewer than 30 semester hours and a minor of no fewer than 21 semester hours. (These are minimum requirements. Students may also elect to satisfy two majors or a major and more than one minor.)
A major, minor, or area of concentration is not required for the Bachelor of University Studies degree.
4. Complete at least 32 semester hours at Morehead State University, with the last 16 hours preceding graduation earned from MSU. Fifty percent of the hours required for the major or area of concentration must be credit earned at MSU. Exceptions may be made with permission of the dean of the college in which the major or area of concentration is granted.
5. Bachelor of Science degree candidates must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours in science or science-related fields.
6. Complete 36 semester hours of general education courses. Some degree programs require specific courses (exchange courses) within each general education category. Refer to the specific program elsewhere in this catalog for detailed program/course information.
7. Complete a three credit hour FYS - First Year Seminar during the first semester if the student begins as a freshman or transfers to MSU with less than 24 credit hours.
8. For students with 24 or more transfer credit hours, the FYS 101 requirement is waived, but the student must complete an additional course in SBS I or SBS II to meet general education requirements.
9. A bachelor's degree and an associate degree may be applied for at the same degree date. However, no more than one bachelor's and one associate degree will be awarded at the same date. A student may not apply for an AA degree once qualified for the bachelor's degree. A student may not apply for a Bachelor of University Studies as a second degree.
10. Equated courses can only be taken once for credit. If an equated course is taken a second time using the different prefix, it will be considered a repeat and the last grade received will stand.
Note: Credit earned by examination cannot exceed 32 semester hours toward a baccalaureate degree or 16 semester hours toward an associate degree.



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

Primary Phone: 606-783-2639

E-mail: Misty Lilley

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