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Associate of App. Sci. in Nursing


Set yourself on the fast track to becoming a registered nurse.


Associate of Applied Science




Mt. Sterling, Morehead


2 Years

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What You'll Learn in Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) program

You'll study in our state-of-the-art simulation labs and learn by doing through clinical practice placements at healthcare facilities throughout the region. When you graduate, you'll be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.  

What You Can Do with an AASN Degree

You will be qualified for a nursing career in various settings including hospitals, doctor's offices, home healthcare agencies, assisted living facilities and more. 

Admission to the AASN program

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing has a selective admissions process separate from and in addition to admission to MSU. Admission to MSU does not guarantee admission into nursing programs.  

The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see admission requirements

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) program has limited enrollment on the Morehead and Mt. Sterling campuses. The following criteria are used to determine conditional acceptance to the program for AASN applicants:

  1. American College Test (Enhanced ACT) Score with a mandatory minimum composite score of 20 or higher. 
  2. Grade Point Requirements: 
  3. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 with a minimum grade of "C" in prerequisite courses required for the AASN:  
    • BIOL 234, Human Anatomy & Physiology I  
    • BIOL 235, Human Anatomy & Physiology II  
    • MATH 135, Mathematics for Technical Students, recommended (or 123, 131, 152, 174, 175 or equivalent)  
    • ENG 100 
  4. Applicants with a grade less than "C" on two courses required for the AASN within the last two years from the term of application due date (last Friday in March or last Friday in October) are not eligible for admission. 
  5. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all work at Morehead State University. 
  6. Applicants may be conditionally admitted to the program pending successful completion of prerequisite courses required for admission to the program.   
  7. Final acceptance will be dependent on maintaining course grades and grade point average, as well as meeting CPR and Health requirements by established dates. Compliance with the Technical Performance Standards is also required. 
  8. LPN’s who have: successfully completed a Licensed Practical Nursing Program; hold an active unrestricted license as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Kentucky, and; obtain a minimum score of 900 on the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) Fundamental Examination, and meet all other admission criteria, are eligible for credit for prior learning (K-credit) for NURA 114 and placement into the second semester of the AASN.  
  9. Clinical education is a mandatory component of the AASN. Due to accreditation requirements of the clinical education centers, students will be required to obtain a criminal background check and undergo drug testing prior to acceptance to the clinical assignment. The student is responsible for any cost incurred. Any student who fails acceptance to the clinical assignment will be unable to complete the program.

  • Students may be assigned to clinical practice areas other than those in the immediate area, requiring traveling up to 1.5 hours from the assigned campus. 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 CPR, immunizations, professional malpractice insurance, criminal background check, academic materials, testing fees, clothing, and equipment. 

Admission criteria and procedures are reviewed on an annual basis. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify current application criteria and procedures prior to the application deadline. 

Application for fall admission into the AASN program is made in the spring semester prior to fall classes. The application deadline date is the last Friday in March. Application for spring admission is made in the fall semester prior to spring classes. The application deadline date is the last Friday in October.

Job placement rates of AASN graduates.
Job Placement Rate
Semester % employed as a nurse
Spring 2021 100%
Fall 2020 100%
Spring 2020 100%
Fall 2019 100%
Spring 2019 100%
Fall 2018 100%


Credentialing test passage rates for Morehead and Mt. Sterling campuses.
Performance on NCLEX-RN for First-Time Test Takers
Year Pass Rates-Morehead Campus Pass Rates-Mt. Sterling Campus National Pass Rates for Associate Programs
2021 80% 85% 79%
2020 81% 89% 83%
2019 93% 92% 85%


AASN program completion rates for Morehead and Mt. Sterling combined.
Program Completion Rate
2020-21 79%
2019-20 83%
2018-19 85%


The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) program is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. 1400 Atlanta, GA, 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000. The program is also accredited by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

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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