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Nursing student in the lab
Dear Nursing Students,
Welcome back to classes and Happy New Year!! We will continue to follow CDC guidelines for wearing masks, stringent handwashing and safe distancing in our labs and classrooms in 2021. We will maintain a seating chart in each of our classes as part of maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment
Student nurses will continue to provide random temperature checks at various times and locations across the Morehead State University campus. There will be a much higher faculty presence during the first week of the Spring 2021 semester to help people entering the building get acclimated to ENTER & EXIT doors, Up & DOWN stairwells, no more than two people at one time use elevators, etc.
You will note a hand sanitizing station at the main entry along with hand sanitizer placed on brackets by elevators on each floor. Additionally, furniture in the common areas, labs and classrooms has been arranged to facilitate safe distancing. For that reason, please do not move furniture. If you have an elevated temperature (100.4° or greater) please stay home and call your professor. They will work with students on providing course information and will most likely share information within your Bb shell.
Your nursing professors will continue to share specific information with you as it relates to individual courses. For example, some of our clinical facilities are providing PPE while others require that we provide students with very specific PPE. Laundering linens will be done more frequently and special protocols are documented for managing linens in each clinical laboratory. Classroom attendance will be monitored and professors will do random temp checks to ensure that we have safe classrooms. This documentation is needed for contact tracing purposes should an individual test for being COVID-19+.
There will be seating charts and you will be assigned a seat in each classroom. Further, your faculty will rotate students to be in class via WebEx for classes with a higher number of students that seat capacity will not accommodate. Students attending class via WebEx will attend class per that modality in real time. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are located in every classroom. I am attaching the link for student sign-up for random temperature checks being conducted across the MSU campus. Your professors have also been asked to place this information in your course Bb shells.

The nursing faculty and staff look forward to seeing you on campus and in our classrooms!
Dr. Lynn C. Parsons
Department Chair & Professor

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
  • Sevice Learning Opportunity: MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan has reached out to the Department of Nursing to help administer random temperature checks across campus, providing a service opportunity for students. Visit the Service Opportunity page to learn more.
  • 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 2021 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.
  • 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.

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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.

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