Healthcare establishments across Kentucky offer plenty of outlets for a career and education in nursing. If you’ve been working as a Registered Nurse for some time, you may be wondering about further career options in the state. One such path is a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) which will open a whole new range of career doors, whether that’s clinical management, strategy, or many other senior roles.

There are several ways to go about earning an MSN with both direct entry and accelerated programs.

RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

Pre-master’s educated nurses working in healthcare have one of two degrees: the Associate Degree in Nursing, or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Which you have will determine which route you take when earning a Master of Science in Nursing. For the former, you'll need an ADN/RN to MSN while if the latter, you should study a BSN to MSN. The programs cover the same material, but a BSN graduate studied more things and at a deeper level. ADN graduates need to learn more about their equivalent MSN to earn it.

Typical Program Length

  • RN to MSN programs are six semesters over approximately two years
  • BSN to MSN programs are four semesters over approximately 12 to 15 months

Typical Admission Requirements

  • License to practice as a Registered Nurse
  • Relevant and accredited ADN or BSN
  • A minimum GPA score of 3.0 on the 4.0 metric
  • Three letters of recommendation from clinical sources. Alternatively, a resume with detailed clinical experience
  • CPR certification – provide evidence
  • Complete prerequisite courses to the minimum required pass grades

Accelerated & Master's Entry Nursing Programs

Master's Entry Nursing Programs go by several other names – MEPNs, Accelerated Nursing Programs, or Accelerated Masters Pathway Nursing. This is a different type of master's degree for a different type of graduate – those whose first degree is in a subject other than nursing who wish to convert their existing qualifications. University of Louisville School of Nursing offers a six-semester program that will allow you to cross into a nursing career.

Typical Program Length:

University of Louisville's Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing is a two-year program.

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • Application fee of $40
  • An accredited baccalaureate degree
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit all college transcripts to verify above
  • If you acquired your degree outside the US, you will be required to submit a WES form
  • Two recommendation letters
  • A personal statement
  • Resume
  • Proof of English proficiency if English is not your first language
  • Attend for an interview may be required in some cases
  • Submit a detailed background check

2024 List of MSN Programs in Kentucky

There are at least 4 schools throughout Kentucky that offer the RN to MSN program, these programs are offered with full-time and part-time options, giving candidates some flexibility. Becoming a nurse educator, clinical nurse, or nurse in a surgical ward are all possibilities if you have your MSN degree.

MSN Programs By City:

Bowling Green, KY

1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 745-0111

Grayson, KY

100 Academic Parkway
Grayson, KY 41143
(800) 522-3181

Highland Heights, KY

Hyden, KY

195 School Street
Hyden, KY 41749
(606) 672-2312

Louisville, KY

2001 Newburg Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 272-8000

901 South Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 585-9911

Morehead, KY

MSN Programs
150 University Blvd.
Morehead, KY 40351
(800) 585-6781

Richmond, KY

521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 622-1000

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