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Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Program
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Family Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Program (FNPP), is designed for baccalaureate prepared registered nurses who want to become advanced practice nurses. Master’s prepared nurses may enroll in the Post MSN program to become eligible to write for the FNP certification exam. The online FNPP prepares graduates to work autonomously and collaboratively with other health care professionals to:
  • Manage patients’ overall health care for ages from birth to the elder years
  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Diagnose and treat acute and chronic illness
  • Promote disease prevention strategies
  • Prescribe medications and other medical treatments
  • Make referrals to other health services

Nurses who already have a master’s degree may enroll in the post-MSN program to become eligible to sit for the FNP certification exam.

Morehead State University is accepting applications for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration through July 1 for admission for the fall semester and through Dec. 1 for the spring semester. We will continually take applications for this program throughout the semester, but you will start the upcoming semester.

The MSN/FNP program is 49 credit-hours and the Post MSN/FNP program is 48 credit hours. Persons holding the MSN, or those with completed graduate-level course work will have a transcript analysis completed to determine course transferability.

The program is SACS approved and has been approved to start by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate nursing program is CCNE approved.  The master's degree program in nursing and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program at Morehead State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Program Requirements

Accepting applications until the determination of full class continuing until cohort filled or start of the semester.  Applicants will be admitted each Fall Semester.

Admission Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study – Apply to Graduate School
  2. Cover letter/goal statement (1-2 pages in length, typed, double-spaced) for the MSN/FNP program to include: your background description, reasons for wanting to attend the nursing graduate program and a description of post-graduation goals
  3. Current copy of resume’ or curriculum vita to include minimum information of: RN licensure (state(s) and number), educational preparation and experience background.
  4. Official transcript with bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program: (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA)
  5. GPA of 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale of undergraduate or graduate degree
  6. ESL/international students will have a minimum TOEFL score of 550, computer-based test score of 173 and Internet-based score of 70

Additional Admission Requirements (completed through the Department of Nursing)

  1. FNPP Application
  2. Complete criminal background check
  3. Meet departmental immunization requirements
  4. Three professional references from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant’s success in a graduate nursing program; at least one to be completed by immediate or up line supervisor; others to be completed by a professional colleague or university faculty who are familiar with the candidates’ work
  5. Minimum one-year clinical experience as a registered nurse (RN) – 2080 hours
  6. Current, unencumbered Kentucky RN license
  7. Completion of a three credit-hour descriptive statistics course at the graduate or undergraduate level

Mail any required documentation to:
MSU Department of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner Program
CHER 201, 316 W. Second Street
Morehead, KY 40351


Maintaining Enrollment

To progress and be retained in the MSN program, the following will be achieved:
  • Complete courses as per program schedule.
  • Follow curriculum map progression plan.
  • Achieve a grade of "B" (80%; GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in all nursing courses. A GPA of at or higher than 3.0 is needed to graduate.
  • A student will be dismissed if a second failing grade (less than 80%, GPA below 3.0) is received.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to work as family nurse practitioners in a wide range of health care settings including hospitals, medical clinics, doctor's offices and in private practice. 

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.

For more information on career opportunities, visit
  • Morehead (Residential Campus)
    150 University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351
  • Admissions
    121 E. Second St., Morehead, KY 40351
  • MSU at Ashland
    1400 College Drive, Ashland, KY 41101
  • MSU at Mt. Sterling
    3400 Indian Mound Drive, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
  • MSU at Prestonsburg
    6 Bert Combs Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
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