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Nursing student in the lab

Whether you're an incoming freshman who wants to be a nurse or a registered nurse looking to take your education to the next level, the Department of Nursing has a program designed to suit your needs. You'll gain knowledge and practical, hands-on skills that will prepare you for a medical career, or help you further your education to create new opportunities for professional growth.

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.  You'll also be able to apply the skills you learn in classrooms and labs in the real world through clinical placement. Our department has clinical affiliation contracts with more than 50 health care institutions across the state of Kentucky, including health departments, hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities and more.

Students who wish to study nursing must apply to MSU and the Department of Nursing separately. Cohorts are selected through a competitive application process.  


  • The AASN program has been reaccredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program at Morehead State University located in Morehead, Kentucky is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. 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 at
  • Both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) program are accepting applications for Fall 2022 via email to or fax to 606-783-9104. Applications for these programs are accepted throughout the year. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Carla Aagaard at
  • 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 semester 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
  • 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 through April 15 for admission for the fall semester and through Nov. 15 for admission for the spring semester (late applications taken on a case by case basis). We accept applications for this program throughout the semester, but you will start the upcoming semester. Please contact Dr. Lucy Mays, Professor & Online Nursing Programs Coordinator /Distance Educ. In Nursing, at 606-783-2773 with questions regarding the application process for the online Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program.

MSN program

Megan Burke is a three-time graduate of MSU's nursing programs, recently finishing the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. Applications are accepted through April 15 for admission in the fall semester and Oct. 15 for the Spring semester. We also continually accept applications for the program, but you will start the upcoming semester.

Student Feature

Nursing students Tyler Stephens, a senior from Hindman, and Tanner Young, a senior from Ashland, became friends through the MSU nursing program. They’re both preparing for successful careers in nursing.

Schedule a Visit

Schedule a visit to learn more about the nursing programs at Morehead State. When you visit you can tour our classroom and simulation lab facilities and meet with faculty.

Job Placement Rate for Graduates

The Department of Nursing is recognized by health care providers across the state for creating skilled, competent nurses. Our graduates have maintained a 100 percent job placement rate for the past decade.

Apply to Nursing Programs

Already accepted to MSU? All nursing programs are currently accepting applications. Apply now to the nursing program of your choice:  Associate Degree Nursing Program, Baccalaureate Nursing Program, RN-BSN Online Degree Program or MSN/FNP. 
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