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Nursing - Pre-Licensure

 If you are interested in a degree in nursing, Morehead State offers one of the best nursing programs in the state of Kentucky. MSU's  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pre-licensure program is designed for first-time college. The curriculum is a combination of science, math and nursing courses designed to give you a well-rounded education and to prepare you to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Nursing students at MSU will learn by doing, not only through clinical practicums, but in the department's state-of-the-art simulation lab. In the lab, computerized mannequins can mimic a number of illnesses and symptoms, and respond to treatments administered by students.

The BSN Pre-Licensure program has a selective admissions process, and a limited number of students are accepted each year. 

The Nursing Pre-licensure program at Morehead State is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001. Phone (202) 463-6930 Fax (202) 785-8320.

Program Requirements

The Baccalaureate Nursing Program has a selective admission procedure. Enrollment in the program is limited. In the event there are 
more qualified applicants than available positions, students with the highest GPA will be accepted. Applicants to the BNP are selected 
based on the following criteria:

You will need to meet MSU admission requirements.

Department of Nursing Application

Department of Nursing Application Checklist

Curriculum map

Application Requirements

  • Completion of the 31 credit hours of the required pre - nursing courses listed in the curriculum sequence for the first year of the 
    program.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above (with no rounding) based on the required 31 credits with no grade being less than a 
    "C".
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 or above for BIOL 234: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 235: Human Anatomy 
    and Physiology II and MATH 135: Math for Technical Students (or the equivalent).
  • Submission of ACT composite score. A minimum ACT composite score of 20 is required for admission eligibility.
  • More than two failures of any two required courses within three (3) years of application to the program will result in ineligibility 
    for admission. Students with course failures prior to the 3-year period will be considered for admission if the student has 
    demonstrated satisfactory academic progress (C or above in required courses) since the course failures. Full time study for two 
    consecutive semesters will be required in order to evaluate academic status. At least two-thirds (2/3) of these credits must be in 
    program required general education or support courses. This policy also applies to transfer students.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled but have not yet completed the required 16 semester hours of the second semester at the 
    time of application are eligible for conditional acceptance based on mid-term grades. Final acceptance will be dependent on 
    maintaining course grades and grade point average as outlined in the above criteria.
  • Possess current certification by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR).
  • Documentation of compliance with all health requirements.
  • Compliance with the Technical Performance Standards.

Note: Admission criteria and procedures are reviewed on an annual basis. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify prior to the
application deadline that the criteria and procedures have not been revised.

Conditions for Enrollment

  • Students may be assigned to a clinical practicum area other than those in the immediate vicinity requiring traveling
    some distance. Transportation to and from these settings is the responsibility of the student.
  • Clinical experiences and formal lectures may be required during various hours of the day, evening and night.
  • Students have the responsibility for the cost incurred by enrollment in the nursing program. This cost includes
    clothing, equipment, malpractice insurance and academic materials.
  • Students will be required to adhere to all policies of the health care agency to which they are assigned for clinical
    experiences.

Career Opportunities

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. 

MSU's Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate. 

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