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Master of Science in Nursing-FNP


Gain the skills and knowledge to be an advanced practice nurse.


Master of Science






2 Years

Course Requirements

What You’ll Learn in MSN-FNP

Our MSN-FNP Primary Care Program gives you the knowledge and practical, hands-on skills to advance your career through online lecture courses and in-person clinical practicum placements.

What You Can Do with an MSN-FNP Degree

You'll be qualified to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). You'll work as a family nurse practitioner in a wide range of healthcare settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, doctor's offices and private practice. 

What Makes Morehead State’s Program Different

Our online MSN program is designed for working professionals who are looking to advance their education and enhance their healthcare careers.  

MSN Handbook

Student handbook for the MSN Program


Admission to MSN-FNP

The MSN program has a selective admissions process separate from admission to Morehead State.  

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.
The first step is admission to Morehead State University's Graduate School.

Mail completed applications to:

Regional Academic Counseling Coordinator
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program
Department of Nursing
Morehead State University
Center for Health, Education, and Research Suite 201
316 W. Second St.
Morehead, KY 40351

Or email to

MSN-FNP Primary Care Concentration Program Accreditation


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The master's degree program in nursing at Morehead State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

  • FNPP Application.
  • Complete criminal background check.
  • Meet departmental immunization requirements.
  • 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 an immediate or upline supervisor; others to be completed by a professional colleague or university faculty who are familiar with the candidates' work.
  • Minimum one-year clinical experience as a registered nurse (RN) – 2080 hours.
  • Current, unencumbered RN license.
  • Completion of a 3-credit-hour descriptive statistics course at the graduate or undergraduate level.

Morehead State University accepts applications for the MSN-FNP Primary Care Concentration Program through April 15 (late applications taken on a case-by-case basis) for admission for the fall semester and through Oct. 15 (late applications taken on a case-by-case basis) for the spring semester.


The mission of the 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.


  • Promote the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes in graduates necessary to function in the advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner.
  • Provide graduates with a foundation for transition to successful doctoral study.
  • Provide an environment that embraces persons from diverse cultures, varying philosophies, ethnicity and gender.
  • Foster an environment of scholarship to advance care practices.
  • Serve the citizens of Eastern Kentucky, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the global citizenry through the application of clinical prevention and population health.


The graduate of the MSN-FNP Primary Care Concentration program will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge from nursing, other fields and research findings into safe, effective, culturally appropriate client centered care for clients across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership, quality improvement and informatics skills at the organizational and systems levels.
  • Interpret, translate and disseminate evidence-based findings to improve client care process and outcomes.
  • Effectively collaborate with the interprofessional health care team to manage and coordinate care.
  • Demonstrate clinical prevention and population health strategies for individuals, groups and populations.
  • Demonstrate advanced nursing practice that utilizes clinical reasoning skills to positively influence health care outcomes.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors that are ethical, legal, fiscally responsible and politically informed to effect positive health care outcomes.

A RN-MSN Track exists at the undergraduate level for those students wishing to progress through the post-licensure BSN and MSN programs seamlessly. If admitted to the RN-MSN Track, a student would apply to and be conditionally admitted to the MSN Program under the RN-MSN Pathway (with the current admission criteria standing) and will be permitted to take nine (9) hours of graduate MSN coursework that will be counted as credit for both the post-licensure BSN degree and the MSN degree.

The nine hours of coursework will be specifically as follows:

  • NURG 610: Health Assessment for Advanced Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NURG 613: Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NURG 630: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credit hours)

Upon completion of these nine hours, with a "B" or higher in each course and completion of the BSN degree, the student be then unconditionally admitted to the MSN program to complete the remainder of the program requirements.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for specific details on eligibility requirements for applying to the RN-MSN program while a pre-licensure undergraduate student in the BSN program.

Maintaining Enrollment

To progress and be retained in the MSN program, the following will be achieved:

  • Completed courses as per program schedule, within six (6) years of program entrance.
  • 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 ≥ 3.0 is needed to graduate.
  • A student will be dismissed if he or she receives a second failing grade (<80%; GPA <3.0) or does not complete the program within six (6) years of program entrance.

Readmission Policy

Purpose: To outline readmission policy regarding Morehead State University's Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Policy: Students who are dismissed from the Family Nurse Practitioner program are not eligible for readmission.

Transfer Policy

Purpose: To outline transfer requirements for individuals who have completed nursing courses at other graduate nursing programs and who wish to be considered for admission into Morehead State University's Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Requirements: Applicants who have completed courses in other graduate nursing programs must fulfill the following requirements in order for course transfer to be considered for the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Morehead State University.

  • Meet requirements of Morehead State University Transfer Policy (see "Admission to Graduate Study").
  • Be admitted and in good standing to the Family Nurse Practitioner program.
  • Submit to the Department of Nursing college catalog and syllabi of courses to be evaluated for transfer credit.
  • Pharmacology, pathophysiology and physical assessment courses will only be considered for transfer if completed within the last ten (10) years.
  • Clinical and nursing theory courses will only be considered for transfer if completed within the last five (5) years.

Note: Enrollment in this program is limited. Applicants wishing to transfer will be considered for admission along with other applicants to the program.

Contact Information

Department of Nursing

201 Center for Health, Education and Research
316 W. Second St.
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2296
FAX: 606-783-9104