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Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Program
The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)- Family Nurse Practitioner- Primary Care Program (FNPP), is designed for baccalaureate prepared registered nurses who want to become advanced practice nurses. Master’s prepared nurses may enroll in the Post MSN program to become eligible to write for the FNP certification exam. The online FNPP prepares graduates to work autonomously and collaboratively with other health care professionals to:
  • Manage patients’ overall health care for ages from birth to the elder years
  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Diagnose and treat acute and chronic illness
  • Promote disease prevention strategies
  • Prescribe medications and other medical treatments
  • Make referrals to other health services

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 is accepting applications for the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a Family Nurse Practitioner (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. We will continually take applications for this program throughout the semester, but you will start the upcoming semester.

New course added for summer: AVH 600 -Managing the Patient with Opioid Use Disorder. This course is designed for the multidisciplinary health care practitioner to deliver high quality, evidence-based treatment for patients with opioid addiction. This course is designed for both students and licensed advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and physicians. Admission to the course requires departmental approval.

The MSN/FNP program is 49 credit-hours and the Post MSN/FNP program is 48 credit hours. All coursework is completed online to help you fit classes into your busy lifestyle. The program is designed for working professionals seeking to further their education.

Persons holding the MSN, or those with completed graduate-level course work will have a transcript analysis completed to determine course transferability.

The program is SACS approved and has been approved to start by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Concentration-Master of Science in Nursing Program are eligible to apply for Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) and the AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners).

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Morehead State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Requirements

Accepting applications until the determination of full class continuing until cohort filled or start of the semester. Applicants will be admitted each Spring and Fall Semester. Part-Time and Full Time Curriculum Maps available.


Notification of Department of Nursing Curricular Changes, Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Primary Care

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 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 at to 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:

  1. Meet requirements of Morehead State University Transfer Policy (see “Admission to Graduate Study”.
  2. Be admitted and in good standing to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
  3. Submit to the Department of Nursing college catalog and syllabi of courses to be evaluated for transfer credit.
  4. Pharmacology, pathophysiology and physical assessment courses will only be considered for transfer if completed within the last ten (10) years.
  5. Clinical and nursing theory courses will only be considered for transfer if completed within the last five (5) years.
  6. 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 .

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, CNEA)
  5. GPA of 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale of 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

Additional Admission Requirements (completed through the Department of Nursing)

  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 up line 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 three 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


Maintaining Enrollment

To progress and be retained in the MSN program, the following will be achieved:
  • Complete courses as per program schedule.
  • Follow curriculum map progression plan.
  • Achieve a grade of "B" (80%; GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in all nursing courses. A GPA of at or higher than 3.0 is needed to graduate.
  • A student will be dismissed if a second failing grade (less than 80%, GPA below 3.0) is received.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to work as family nurse practitioners in a wide range of health care settings including hospitals, medical clinics, doctor's offices and in private practice. 

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.

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