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Dear Nursing Students:

I hope that your summer is going well and that you are staying safe and well!

On July 1, 2020 President Morgan sent a Morehead State University update to you. Please take a moment to review that information and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Healthy @ MSU page and view the video that he shared:

We look forward to welcoming all of our nursing students back to campus! We have made sure that our clinical agency contracts are up to date and will be following CDC guidelines for clinical practice. Please bring your cloth masks to campus for use in the classroom, lab and all common areas of the CHER Building.

As a precaution, please take your temperature prior to coming to campus. If your temperature is 100.4° or greater, please stay home and contact your instructor and your provider. To ensure safety we will close the Student Mail Room during the pandemic. Modifications will be made in classrooms and clinical laboratories to ensure safe distancing. You will note signage that will help guide your safety while in the CHER Building. More information about this and other changes in our usual protocols will be shared with you as we get closer to the semester start date. Your course instructors will share specific information with you as well.

I will send another communication before you arrive on campus. Be looking for this on the Department of Nursing website. Have an enjoyable and restful summer break!

Dr. Lynn Parsons
Professor and Chair
Department of Nursing
Morehead State University
Office: 606-783-2642

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.  


  • Both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) program are accepting late applications for Fall 2020 via email to or fax to 606-783-9104. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Carla Aagaard at
  • 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. We accept applications for this program throughout the semester, but you will start the upcoming semester. Please contact Lorrina White, regional academic counseling coordinator, at 606-783-2369 with questions regarding the application process for the online RN-BSN Online Degree Program or the online Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program.
  • Two new courses added this fall:
    • NURS-401 Disaster & Emergency Mngt (3 Credits)
      A study of the cause, impact and mitigation of disasters and emergency management. Open to any interested student.
    • NURS-318 Success College, Career & Life (3 Credits)
      A comprehensive review of strategies for success in college, employment/career, and in life. Open to any interested student.

MSN program

Megan Burke is a two-time grad of MSU's nursing program and currently enrolled in 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. We 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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