RN to MSN Programs in Kentucky

Find Online Master of Nursing Programs in Kentucky

There are 12 Master of Science in Nursing Programs in Kentucky in our online directory, with 9 programs being CCNE accredited, and 1 program being ACEN accredited. 75% of the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are CCNE accredited.

The Kentucky Nursing Board has approved thirteen schools for Master's study in nursing. Kentucky Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licensure laws require that Nurse Practitioner programs also be accredited on a national level. Nine Kentucky Master's programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and two are accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

A nursing license granted by the Board of Nursing in Kentucky is relatively versatile in terms of relocation: Kentucky is one of 32 states currently enrolled in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), an agreement that allows nurses in NLC states to practice in other NLC states without obtaining additional licensure in those states.

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Campbellsville University

Master Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Website

George Mason University

Master MSN-FNP Website

Norwich University

Master Online Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner Website

Regis College

Master Online MSN, Multiple Specializations Website

Simmons University

Master Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Website

Typical Curriculum for a Master's in Nursing

A full-time student can typically complete a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2 years, though most schools offer a part-time option. Nursing programs generally require students to complete a core curriculum before delving into the nursing specialty of their choice.

This core curriculum tends to cover topics relating to research methods, foundational theories of nursing roles (including ethical and legal considerations), nursing informatics, healthcare policy, pharmacology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology. Following these initial semesters of coursework, students will learn advanced material relevant to the track of their choice. The latter part of a Master's in Nursing will likely integrate practical clinical experience with classroom study, allowing students to both learn from and apply their skills to real-life situations.

Nursing Licensure in Kentucky

After attending an undergraduate program recognized by the Kentucky Nursing Board, applicants must earn a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and then apply with the Kentucky State Board of Nursing for licensure to practice in Kentucky.

After completing their Master’s study, Kentucky nurses can apply for and obtain an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license from the State Board.

All Accredited Schools with MSN Degrees in Kentucky

Bellarmine University
Louisville
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Family Nurse Practitioner Track
  • The Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares nurses to promote health teaching and prevent illness and disease. The program is accredited by the CCNE. 
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
  • Eastern Kentucky University’s FNP program teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage health and illness problems of patients of all ages in rural communities. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
Frontier Nursing University
Hyden
NA
  • MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner - Graduate Nursing Program
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Frontier prepares nurses to work in illness care and management through the patient life cycle. The program can be completed mostly online with clinical classes on campus.
  •  Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Frontier Nursing University’s Nursing program offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The new MSN + Companion DNP program lets you move easily from your FNU master’s program into a thoughtfully designed Companion DNP curriculum that can be completed in nine.
Murray State University
Murray
CCNE
  • Master of Nursing
  • The Master of Nursing program at Murray State assists nurses to develop knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE and offers specializations in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Nurse Anesthesia.
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 
  • The Master in Nursing program at Northern Kentucky University assists nurses to develop knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education, Nurse Executive Leadership, and more.
Spalding University
Louisville
CCNE
  • MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • The MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner program at Spalding University prepares students to provide a full range of primary care services to individuals and families throughout the life span. The program is accredited and completed either part or full time.
University of Kentucky
Lexington
NA
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 
  • The MSN program at WKU prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers specialties in Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an RN to MSN Bridge in Nurse Administrator.
University of Louisville
Louisville
CCNE
  • Master's Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN)
  • U of L offers a Master's Entry into Professional Nursing program, which prepares registered nurses to function and excel in various advanced nursing roles. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The MSN program at WKU prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is completed online.

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