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Master of Science in Nursing-FNP


Gain the skills and knowledge to be an advanced practice nurse.


Master of Science






2 Years

Course Requirements

What You’ll Learn in MSN-FNP

Our Master of Science In Nusing-Family Nurse Practitioner program (MSN-FNP) gives you the knowledge and practical, hands-on skills to advance your career through lecture courses and in-person clinical placement.

What You Can Do with an MSN-FNP Degree

You’ll be qualified to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). You’ll work as a family nurse practitioner in a wide range of health care settings including hospitals, medical clinics, doctor's offices and private practice. 

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Research Opportunities

Morehead State students have numerous opportunities to actively participate in academic research as early as their freshman year through our Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.

Learn about research opportunities

What Makes Morehead State’s Program Different

Our online MSN program is designed for working professionals who are looking to advance their education and enhance their health care careers.  

Admission to MSN-FNP

The MSN program has a selective admissions process separate from admission to Morehead State.  

Nurses who already have a master’s degree may enroll in the post-MSN program to become eligible to sit for the FNP certification exam. 

Morehead State University accepts applications for the MSN- FNP concentration through April 15 (late applications taken on a case-by-case basis) for admission for the fall semester and through Oct. 15 (late applications taken on a case-by-case basis) for the spring semester.  

Admission Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study – Apply to Graduate School 
  2. Cover letter/goal statement (1-2 pages in length, typed, double-spaced) for the MSN/FNP program to include: your background description, reasons for wanting to attend the nursing graduate program and a description of post-graduation goals. 
  3. Current copy of resume’ or curriculum vita to include minimum information of: RN licensure state(s) and number, educational preparation and experience background. 
  4. Official transcript with bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program: (CCNE, ACEN, or CNEA). 
  5. GPA of 3.0 or higher for undergraduate or graduate degree. 
  6. ESL/international students will have a minimum TOEFL score of 550, computer-based test score of 173 and Internet-based score of 70.

    The master's 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.

  1. FNPP Application. 
  2. Complete criminal background check. 
  3. Meet departmental immunization requirements. 
  4. Three professional references from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant’s success in a graduate nursing program; at least one to be completed by immediate or upline supervisor; others to be completed by a professional colleague or university faculty who are familiar with the candidates’ work. 
  5. Minimum one-year clinical experience as a registered nurse (RN) – 2080 hours. 
  6. Current, unencumbered RN license. 
  7. Completion of a three3 credit-hour descriptive statistics course at the graduate or undergraduate level. 

Mail any required documentation to:

MSU Department of Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner Program

CHER 201, 316 W. Second Street

Morehead, KY 40351, OR


The mission of the Morehead State University Department of Nursing is to promote health and well-being among the people of northeastern and eastern Kentucky, the greater Commonwealth, and extending to those whom our graduates serve in our global community. In an academic environment that is responsive to health care changes situated within respective cultures, it is through excellence in nursing education in all programs, service, and commitment to scholarly activities that this mission is accomplished. 


  1. Promote the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes in graduates necessary to function in the advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner. 
  2. Provide graduates with a foundation for transition to successful doctoral study. 
  3. Provide an environment that embraces persons from diverse cultures, varying philosophies, ethnicity and gender. 
  4. Foster an environment of scholarship to advance care practices. 
  5. Serve the citizens of Eastern Kentucky, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the global citizenry through the application of clinical prevention and population health. 

Expected Program Outcomes 

The graduate of the MSN FNPP will be able to: 

  1. Integrate knowledge from nursing, other fields and research findings into safe, effective, culturally appropriate client centered care for clients across the lifespan. 
  2. Demonstrate effective leadership, quality improvement and informatics skills at the organizational and systems levels. 
  3. Interpret, translate and disseminate evidence-based findings to improve client care process and outcomes. 
  4. Effectively collaborate with the interprofessional health care team to manage and coordinate care. 
  5. Demonstrate clinical prevention and population health strategies for individuals, groups and populations. 
  6. Demonstrate advanced nursing practice that utilizes clinical reasoning skills to positively influence health care outcomes. 
  7. Demonstrate professional behaviors that are ethical, legal, fiscally responsible and politically informed to effect positive health care outcomes. 

Several changes were made to the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Program:

  • The program title was amended to include "Primary Care" in order to meet licensure/certification requirements.
  • Since MSU has now joined SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement), which allows students to complete clinical requirements in other states, language regarding the requirement of "Kentucky" RN licensure was removed from the admission criteria. "Current unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure" is required.
  • Maintaining enrollment requirements in the program includes program completion within six (6) years of program entrance.
  • The prerequisite of NURG 612: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice for NURG 632: Childbearing and Women's Health for Advanced Practice was changed to a co-requisite to better accommodate course sequencing and flexibility for part-time student programming.

A "Readmission Policy" was developed as follows:

Purpose: To outline the readmission policy regarding Morehead State University's Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Policy: Students who are dismissed from the Family Nurse Practitioner Program are not eligible for readmission.

A "Transfer Policy" was developed as follows:

Purpose: To outline transfer requirements for individuals who have completed nursing courses in other graduate nursing programs and who wish to be considered for admission into Morehead State University's Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Requirements: Applicants who have completed courses in other graduate nursing programs must fulfill the following requirements in order for course transfer to be considered for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Morehead State University:

  • Meet requirements of Morehead State University Transfer Policy (see "Admission to Graduate Study".
  • Be admitted and in good standing to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
  • Submit to the Department of Nursing college catalog and syllabi of courses to be evaluated for transfer credit.
  • Pharmacology, pathophysiology and physical assessment courses will only be considered for transfer if completed within the last ten (10) years.
  • Clinical and nursing theory courses will only be considered for transfer if completed within the last five (5) years.
  • Current, unencumbered RN license.
  • NOTE: Enrollment in this program is limited. Applicants wishing to transfer will be considered for admission along with other applicants to the program.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these curricular changes, please contact the Department of Nursing at 606-783-2296 or

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