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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