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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.

CCNE Certification 

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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     Much More Opportunity

    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) 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. 

     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)

    BSN Program Re-Accreditation Review


    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.

    Both the Baccalaureate Nursing Program and the Associate Degree Nursing Program are now taking applications for Fall 2015. To apply, contact Carla Aagaard at 606-783-2641, email

    Want to learn more about careers in nursing? View nursing career information via MSU JobLink New Link.

    Attention ADNP Applicants:

    The Morehead State University Associate Degree Nursing Program is implementing a NEW curriculum. If you plan to apply for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program in October 2015 for Spring 2016 admission you need to enroll in NURA 112-( Intro to Nursing Concepts) for the Fall 2015 semester. A 20 composite ACT is required to enroll in this class. You will also need to either be enrolled in or have already completed BIOL 234 and Math Core. Please contact Dr. Teresa Howell  or Carla Aagaard  if you have questions or need additional information.



    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:

    Angela Smallwood
    The Associate Degree Nursing Program at MSU has proven to be of the quality I was searching for in an educational institute and program. I am proud to say I have chosen Morehead State to further my nursing degree and career.  

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