Kentucky Master's Degree in Nursing

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Kentucky MSN Programs

MSN programs in Kentucky are available for students who have already completed their bachelor's degree programs. These degrees are made specifically for people looking to work in the highest levels of nursing, like education or research.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

There are many advantages to both online and traditional MSN programs offered in Kentucky, so it is important to decide which is best for individual needs. Online programs offer a great amount of flexibility, as coursework from a computer at any time and no travel is required. In addition, the online format allows students to choose from a wider range of colleges and universities.

A more traditional MSN program is beneficial because it allows students to have face-to-face interaction with instructors. Some feel that this facilitates learning, as they can get clarification on tough subjects in class. Another benefit is that one has the opportunity to network with fellow students in the classroom.

Indiana Wesleyan University, along with offering this degree online, allows students to earn an MSN as a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky at the Florence and Louisville campuses. This university also offers the MSN online in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration, along with a dual MBA-MSN program. The MSN program requires completion of 41-49 credits for degree completion, and the dual degree program curriculum consists of 60 credits. Students much achieve at least a "C" in core courses and at least a "B" in major courses and earn a minimum 3.0 GPA. The program must be completed within four years. University of Cincinnati offers another example of an accredited online MSN program. This program offers the following six specialty areas online: Adult-Geriatrics Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Geriatrics Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Nursing Administration, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.

Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements are common:

  • GRE Scores
  • BSN from an accredited program
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Current RN license
  • Three recommendations
  • Official transcripts
  • At least one year of professional experience
  • Writing sample
  • TOEFL for non-native English speakers


Tuition varies by program, and is subject to change. Wesleyan University charges an estimated $520 per credit for the MSN online, and $546 per credit for the on-site MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program. Tuition at the University of Cincinnati varies by specialty area, and is slightly higher for those who reside outside of Ohio.

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Schools with MSN Programs Accepting Students in Kentucky

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Kentucky

Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Spalding University
845 South Third St.
Louisville, KY 40203
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave.
Richmond, KY 40475

Kentucky MSN Degree Prerequisites

Kentucky nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by The Kentucky Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Kentucky, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Kentucky and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Kentucky RN to MSN programs

Those holding Kentucky RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Kentucky MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Kentucky, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Kentucky Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Kentucky grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Kentucky, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Kentucky.

Kentucky MSN Degree Resources

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