Master's of Science in Nursing Programs in Kentucky

MSN programs provide registered nurses with a BSN the opportunity to pursue advanced study in areas of nursing science, leadership, education and advanced practice nursing. Instruction builds on the BSN education, clinical experience and nursing experience. Courses generally cover nursing science, theories, concepts, applications of research and theory, health care management and related areas. MSN programs will take roughly 18 to 24 months to complete depending on the track or concentration selected. Find MSN programs offered in Kentucky listed below.

MSN programs will generally require applicants to hold a BSN, have a current registered nursing license in Kentucky or a compact state, completion of an essay, letters of recommendation, transcripts, clinical work experience and either GRE or Miller Analogies Test scores.

MSN Programs in Kentucky - No Residency Restrictions

Online MSN programs have opened up master's level education to students who had previously not been able to pursue a master's due to proximity to a campus, family or work schedule. CCNE and NLNAC have evaluated many MSN programs and granted accreditation to a number of them. The AACN supports online MSN programs primarily based on the access they provide to higher education. Students can feel confident they are receiving a high quality and recognized master's education. Online MSN programs offered in Kentucky along with their accreditation information can be found below.

Nationally, only 13% of working registered nurses hold an MSN or MS degree and the numbers appear to be similar in Kentucky. What this means is that there is a great need for the MSN educated nurse in Kentucky. Kentucky needs nurse educators especially, as with every state. Advanced practice nurses are also in high demand to provide cost-effective health care is a variety of settings and specialties. Learn more about ARNP programs in Kentucky. The job outlook for MSN educated nurses is bright in Kentucky, salaries are great and job opportunities are abundant.
(Source: Advance for Nurses Website)

Schools Based in Kentucky Offering MSN Programs

Bellarmine University

Programs Offered: MSN - (Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN/MBA Dual Degree Option), Post-masters certificates in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration

  • 2001 Newburg Road – Miles Hall, Louisville, KY 40205, PH: 502-452-8215

Eastern Kentucky University

Programs Offered: MSN - (Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Rural Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Rural Public Health Nursing - Nursing Education or Administration), Post-MSN Certificate - (Family NP, Psych-Mental Health NP, Public Health Nursing)

  • 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475, PH: 859-622-6353

Murray State University

Programs Offered: MSN - (Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) – Adult Health Family NP)

  • 120 Mason Hall, Murray, KY 42071, PH: 270-762-2193

Northern Kentucky University

Programs Offered: MSN - (FNP, ANP, PNP, GNP, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education), Post-Master's Certificates - (nursing administration, nursing education and NP)

  • 303 Albright Health Center, Highland Heights, KY 41099, PH: 859-572-5248

University of Kentucky

Programs Offered: MSN - Acute Care NP: (Adult Clinical Nurse, Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health NP, Parent-Child Nursing (Neonatal/Perinatal Clinical Nurse specialist, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric NP), Primary Care NP: (Adult NP, Family NP, and Geriatric NP), Public Health Nursing (Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Public Health Nursing Management, Nursing Care Management)

  • 315 College of Nursing Building, Lexington, KY 40536, PH: 859-323-5108

Western Kentucky University

Programs Offered: MSN - (Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Occupational Health Nurse)

  • 1906 College Heights Blvd., #11036, Bowling Green KY 42101-1036, PH: 270-745-3391

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