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Nursing student in the lab
Dear Nursing Students,
I hope that your summer is going well and that you have enjoyed some quality down time with your friends and family. We are excited to share that we are ready for the fall semester and want you to have some important information. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 16, and we look forward to having you back on campus.
Our University President, Dr. Jay Morgan and Emily Wiley, SGA president, messaged our campus community on July 29 encouraging everyone to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already done so. We have heard from our clinical agency partners and many of them are requiring individuals to be COVID-19 vaccinated to enter/work within their facility. Therefore, our programs of nursing at MSU will be required to follow each facility's human resources policies in order to be granted entry into their facility. Please keep in mind that you must complete the clinical portion of a course to successfully progress/matriculate in your respective nursing curriculum.
We will follow individual human resources policies for every facility. To date, an overwhelming number of our clinical agency partners have shared the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to attend clinical within their facility. I am confident that this number will be close to 100% by the time you start your first clinical course. You need to attend the clinical portion of a course to successfully progress/matriculate in your respective nursing curriculum.
If you are unable to obtain a vaccination in your home community, MSU will host an on-campus vaccination clinic in partnership with St. Claire Health Care on Aug. 12- 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Laughlin Health Building.
Castle Branch will monitor this vaccination along with other required vaccinations and needed documentation within their system. Your course professors will place information for how to access specific clinical affiliation requirements within your Blackboard (Bb) courses.
A few of our faculty secured grant funding and there will be several new pieces of equipment in our labs this year. There is a new eye model where you can visualize the normal/abnormal retina. We also have new EKG machines with interpretations, a Simulaid 12-lead arrhythmia simulator with manikin overlay and new obstetric equipment.
Don’t forget to attend the Ice Cream Social on Sunday evening, Aug. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at ADUC.
Once again, welcome back to the 2021-22 academic year. I hope that you have a safe and successful return to classes!
Dr. Lynn Parsons
Department Chair, Nursing

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 Spring 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
  • 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 (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 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

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.

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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.

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