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Nursing, Post-Licensure, B.S.N.


Earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing and accelerate your career.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)






2 Years

Course Requirements

What You'll Learn in the Nursing

post-licensure program

Designed for registered nurses, our online BSN Post-Licensure program expands your education and prepares you for career success. Our convenient program allows you to fit coursework into your busy schedule, around your work, family, and other interests.

What You Can Do with a BSN Degree

You'll be prepared to continue working as a nurse in various healthcare settings as you are prepared for the role of the Baccalaureate-prepared nurse. You will also be prepared with the foundation for graduate study, such as continuing your education with our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

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RN-MSN Pathway

This unique option allows you to advance your education by earning graduate credits as you obtain your undergraduate degree. 

Learn more about the option

What Makes Morehead State's Program Different

Our Post-licensure BSN Nursing program is geared toward the working registered nurse. We realize that our students are sacrificing time with their families in order to earn their BSN. It is our goal to provide our students with coursework that allows them to relate assignments to their current workplace while expanding their knowledge, skills, and attitudes into the role of the professional nurse.

Admission to the nursing post-licensure program

The Nursing, Post-licensure B.S. program has a selective admissions process separate from and in addition to admission to MSU. Admission to MSU does not guarantee admission into nursing programs. To qualify for the program, students must have an unrestricted license to practice as registered nurses (RN).

The first step is admission to Morehead State University

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:


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The baccalaureate 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. 

  • Be unconditionally admitted to MSU.
  • Declare nursing as the area and meet with assigned nursing faculty advisor.
  • Submit required materials listed below to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program by the last Friday in March for admission into the fall semester or the last Friday in October for admission into the spring semester:
  • Completed Department of Nursing application.
  • Transcripts from MSU and all universities/colleges attended if courses not listed on MSU transcript.
  • Nursing transfer student: in addition to the above materials must submit:
  • University undergraduate catalog(s) if transfer credit is sought;
  • Syllabi for nursing course(s) to be evaluated for transfer credit; and
  • Letter of recommendation from the director/coordinator of the nursing program from which the student is transferring.
  • Validation of current Kentucky registered nursing licensure.
  • Validation of current American Heart Association certification in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR).
  • Verification of professional malpractice insurance.

  • Students have the responsibility for the costs incurred by enrollment in the nursing program. These costs include CPR certification, immunizations, health insurance, professional malpractice insurance, criminal background check(s), drug testing, academic materials, testing fees, clothing and equipment.
  • Clinical education is a mandatory component of the BSN. Due to accreditation requirements of the clinical education centers, students will be required to obtain a criminal background check and/or undergo drug testing prior to acceptance of clinical assignment. The student is responsible for any incurred cost. Any student who fails acceptance to the clinical assignment will be unable to complete the program.

Applications to the post-licensure RN-BSN Online Degree Program are accepted throughout the year via email to or via fax to 606-783-9104. Classes may be taken in first-half and second-half semesters in both fall and spring semesters as well as in summer sessions. If you have questions or need further information, call 606-783-2296 or email


The mission of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Post-licensure Program is to expand the nursing workforce to promote health and well-being of the populace at the local and global level. Graduates of the RN-Bachelors of Science in Nursing are prepared to function as leaders to provide high quality, safe, effective and equitable patient-centered care. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote better health outcomes by coordinating care of patients in states of health as well as complex illness.


To improve the quality of the baccalaureate-prepared nursing workforce to:

  • Provide leadership to promote better health outcomes at the local and global level.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the interprofessional team to promote safe, high-quality care for patients with complex illnesses in a complex and ever-changing health care environment.
  • Promote health, wellness and disease prevention.
  • Possess knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide evidence-based care and maintain currency through lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate accountable professional behaviors that are ethical, legal and moral.


The graduate of the program will be able to:

  • Assume a leadership role in promoting quality and compliance regarding safety and health in a complex health care environment.
  • Develop effective clinical reasoning skills utilizing evidence based guidelines.
  • Use informatics to support safe and effective patient care environments and to assist in patient and interprofessional communication.
  • Evaluate health care policy, financial and regulatory environments that impact delivery of health care services.
  • Develop effective interprofessional communication and collaboration and function effectively in interprofessional teams.
  • Promote individual and population health through health promotion and mitigation of acute and chronic illness.
  • Exhibit professional behaviors that are accountable, ethical, legal and moral.
  • Integrate knowledge and methods from a variety of disciplines, human growth and development, pathophysiology and pharmacology to promote effective clinical reasoning in the provision of client-centered care.

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 for eligibility requirements in applying to the RN-MSN program while a pre-licensure undergraduate student in the BSN program.

Applications to the Post-licensure RN-BSN Online Degree Program are accepted throughout the year via email to or via fax to 606-783-9104. Classes may be taken in first-half and second-half semesters in both fall and spring semesters as well as in summer sessions. If you have questions or need further information, call Kellie Jones, Regional Academic Counseling Coordinator, at 606-783-2296 or email

Morehead State University is accepting applications for the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)-Primary Care concentration throughout the year via email to or via fax to 606-783-9104. If you have questions or need further information, call 606-783-2296 or email We accept applications for this program throughout the semester, but you will start the upcoming semester. Please contact Kellie Jones, Regional Academic Counseling Coordinator, at 606-783-2639 with questions regarding the application process for the online Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner 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