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The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) program at Morehead State is designed to help you earn your nursing degree in as little as two years. Through a combination of science and nursing courses, the AASN prepares you for a rewarding career as a registered nurse. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. You'll have career opportunities in hospitals, doctor's offices, home healthcare agencies, assisted living facilities and more.

At MSU, you'll learn by doing through clinical practicums and in our state-of-the-art simulation laboratory. High-tech, interactive mannequins simulate a range of human ailments and symptoms and react to various courses of treatment, giving you a unique learning opportunity.

The AASN at Morehead State is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing,  3390 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. 1400 Atlanta, GA, 30326, and 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 at

Student Achievement Data

This program is offered at the Morehead and Mt. Sterling campuses.

Program Requirements

The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see admission requirements.
For course lists and program requirements, please refer to the undergraduate catalog.

Department of Nursing Application

Department of Nursing Application Checklist

Courses and curriculum

Did you know you can earn your RN-to-BSN degree while you finish your AASN? Learn more.

AASN 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.

The admission criterion for the new curriculum follows:

  • American College Test (Enhanced ACT) Score with a mandatory minimum composite score of 20 or higher.
  • Grade Point Requirements:
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
  1. 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.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all work at Morehead State University.
  3. Applicants may be conditionally admitted to the program pending successful completion of prerequisite courses required for admission to the program.   
  • 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.
  • LPN’s who have (1) successfully completed a Licensed Practical Nursing Program, (2) hold an active unrestricted license as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Kentucky and (3) 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.  
  • 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 incurred cost. Any student who fails acceptance to the clinical assignment will be unable to complete the program.

Conditions for Enrollment

  • 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.

Application Deadlines

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  Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (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.

Career Opportunities

According to the BLS report in 2019, more than 2.9 million nurses were employed in the U.S. Demand will remain high for registered nurses in hospitals, employment services and extended care settings. In addition, there will be an increased demand for registered nurses in physician's offices and home health services, according to the BLS report. The average starting annual salary for a registered nurse in Kentucky is $63,750.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.