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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: 606-783-9104


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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     The Department of Nursing has petitioned the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) to expand the BSN program. We anticipate admitting a class of 60 qualified students in the spring semester of 2017. Application deadline for admission in the fall semester is March 15 and the application deadline for the spring semester will be October 15, 2016. Please call Carla Aagaard, Academic Counseling Coordinator, at 606-783-2641 or email with questions regarding the application process.

    If you’re interested in a nursing program that combines your compassion for patients with working knowledge about the latest medical technologies, Morehead State University is the place for you. The Department of Nursing at MSU will prepare you for a diverse range of careers in nursing. Based in the Center for Health, Education & Research (CHER) building, the Department of Nursing offers two-year and four-year RN certification programs and post-certification programs, as well as online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) post-licensure completion program. 
    Our department has clinical affiliation contracts with more than 50 healthcare institutions across the state of Kentucky, including health departments, hospitals hospices, long-term care facilities and more. These affiliations serve to augment the learning opportunities you will have at MSU. After you graduate, you will have both the knowledge and real-world experience to enter into an exciting, rewarding career in healthcare. 
    As a student in MSU’s nursing program, you will study in facilities which employ hands-on learning with the most up-to-date equipment, high-fidelity patient simulators and live actor-clients. At Morehead State, you become the nurse by using what you learn in the classroom to diagnose and treat patients in a real-world setting. You will receive personal, one-on-one attention from faculty members and guidance from the moment you apply thanks to the department’s two academic counseling coordinators. 

    Students who are accepted to MSU are not automatically accepted to the Department of Nursing. Nursing cohorts are selected through a competitive application process.  

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

    The ADNP Curriculum is a 60 hour curriculum with eight hours of prerequisite courses. This curriculum will include a prerequisite course, NURA 112: Introduction to Nursing Concepts.. Students seeking to apply for program admission semester should take NURA 112 which is offered both fall and spring semesters as well as in Summer I (month of June).  Pre-requisite requirements for NURA 112 are a composite ACT score of 20 or higher and either be enrolled in or have already completed BIOL 234 and the Math Core.  Please contact Carla Aagaard  if you have questions or need additional information.

     Convenient Ways to Learn

    The Department of Nursing offers working professional students a number of convenient options to complete their degrees, including: 

    • An online RN to BSN completion program for Registered Nurses (RN) holding an associate degree in nursing. 
    • A paramedic-to-RN completion program at the MSU at Mt. Sterling satellite campus and at our main campus.

    MSU's Nursing programs are approved through the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN)


    The mission of Morehead State University Department of Nursing is to promote health and well-being among the people of northeastern and eastern Kentucky, the greater Commonwealth, and extending to those whom our graduates serve in our global community. In an academic environment that is responsive to health care changes situated within respective cultures, it is through excellence in nursing education in all programs, service, and commitment to scholarly activities that this mission is accomplished.


    The Morehead State University Department of Nursing envisions educational programs that establish the Department of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in the campus community and within our service region.


     The faculty and staff within the Department of Nursing value:

    • Excellence in education, service, scholarly activities, advisement and support of  students, thereby providing the opportunity for a meaningful and rewarding educational experience.
    • A climate of open communication and cooperation.
    • A responsive relationship with our community respecting our cultural heritage.
    • Student success in learning outcomes through individualized attention that promotes growth, improvement, and opportunity.
    • Diversity within the department reflecting our greater community.
    • Integrity and professionalism and the respect of academic freedom in our academic community.

    Apply to MSU or schedule a visit to tour our campus and facilities, meet faculty members, sit in on classes and more. If you've already been accepted to MSU, you may apply to the Department of Nursing.
    Want to learn more about careers in nursing? View nursing career information via MSU JobLink New Link.


    Kayla Tackett, 2014 BNP Grad--Pikeville Medical Center, Newborn Nursery Nurse of the Year

    Congratulations to Leslie Clark-Baker, RN, an alumnus of Morehead State University’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, who was recently awarded the Mother Teresa Award and The Florence Nightingale Award. Leslie is a Charge Nurse in the Emergency Department at West Palm Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.

  • See what our alumni students have to say:

    Katie Burroughs
    "Morehead State’s Nursing Program is much more than an education. It is a pathway into a future career, international connections, personal growth, and the opportunity to make a difference to your patients, your community, and your world."

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