The School of Nursing has four different career pathways in the area of nursing.  The first pathway is the baccalaureate degree for those of you who want to become registered nurses.  Registered nurses work in hospitals, clinics, schools, health departments, and industrial settings.  The Murray State BSN program is known for its intense practicum at the end of the senior year and the pediatric rotation in Memphis at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  This degree is planned to take four years.

The second pathway is designed for registered nurses who want to gain advancement in their careers by obtaining the baccalaureate degree.  This program is designed for those of you are busy and already working full time. It is 100% online and required nursing courses can be completed in two full semesters.  Let us help you find the best RN-BSN plan of study at Murray State.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice has two options:  family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthetist.  Both programs are full time study for three years and prepare you to become certified in the area studied.  The first year of study may be done online which allows you stay in your home area and continue working.  Both programs require advanced applications, so I urge you to contact our graduate coordinator for more information. (Dr. Dina Byers at

Are you already an advanced practice nurse and want to earn your DNP?  Our 100% online DNP program designed for master’s prepared ARNPs might be right for you.  It takes two years to complete and is considered part time which allows you to continue to work while going to school.  Please ask Dr. Dina Byers about this opportunity. (

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Murray State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs
Accredited by: Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Expiration Date: Fall 2021
Next site visit: Fall 2021

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160

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The School of Nursing at Murray State University is hosting an on-site continuing accreditation visit for its baccalaureate program (BSN) and the doctor of nursing (DNP) practice program.  The baccalaureate has two options:  pre-licensure and the RN-BSN which is online.  The DNP includes the family nurse practitioner (FNP) and the nurse anesthesia (NA) programs along with an online post MSN DNP for advanced practice nurses.

 As required, we are inviting comments to be sent to our accrediting agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, regarding these programs.  All members of our community of interest may respond.  These comments remain confidential and are not shared with the program, but the evaluators review them as evidence when examining all aspects of the school.  These must be received by September 30, 2018.  The address is:  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C., 20001.