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General Information

Students are selected from eligible applicants according to a point system (docx). Selection points are determined using the applicant’s ATI TEAS Admission Assessment score, ACT score, grades earned for coursework required for degree completion, and a few other considerations.  

Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only during the application period and can be turned in to the Health Sciences Building Nursing Program Office Suite 100. Completed applications consisting of all requested documents must be received by the last day of the application period.

Traditional Student Application Process

For consideration into the MSC Nursing Program applicants must have a completed application on file in the Health Sciences Building, Office Suite 100, received on or before the deadline for the Murray at Mercy campus nursing program or the Tishomingo campus nursing program.

As a professional educational program, the nursing program is a limited-entry program. To be considered for admission students are required to meet the following:

  1. Achieve a minimum ATI Teas score of 58.7% Proficient on one of two attempts between August 1, 2019- March 5, 2019
  2. Achieved a minimum ACT composite score of 19/ SAT score of 900-930 or college GPA of 3.0 or higher if composite ACT is less than 19/SAT score less than 900.
  3. Have a college retention GPA of 2.5 or a nursing prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
  4. Each prerequisite course grades must have a grade of "C" or better.
  5. Applicants are required to have their ACT reviewed and GPA calculated prior to taking the ATI Teas entrance exam.
  6. Nursing application submitted to Murray State College Nursing Program. Application with a picture, score sheets, and transcripts must be in packet submitted to the nursing program.

Space availability is a condition of acceptance.

Career Mobility Student Application Process

Murray State College Career Mobility option gives LPN's, LVN's and Licensed Paramedics direct articulation for NUR1118 and allows completion of a NUR1129 challenge exam. A passing score allows students to complete the RN nursing program in two semesters.

Graduates of this program will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing from Murray State College and will be eligible to take The National Council Licensure Exam. Upon successfully passing this exam you will be a Registered Nurse (RN).

  1. As a professional educational program, the nursing program is a limited-entry program. To be considered for admission students are required to meet the following: ACT composite score of 19 or higher/SAT score of 900-930 or higher. A college retention GPA of 2.5 or a nursing prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is required for submission of a nursing program application. Each prerequisite course grades must have a grade of "C" or better.
  2. ATI Teas Exam score of 58.7% (Proficient) on 1 of two attempts between November 1, 2018 -March 5, 2020. Applicants are required to have their ACT reviewed and GPA calculated prior to taking the ATI Teas entrance exam.
  3. Achieve a minimum HESI RN Entrance Challenge Assessment score of 850. (See information below)
  4. Hold an official and current License/certification as an LPN or Paramedic.
  5.  Nursing application submitted to Murray State College Nursing Program.
  6. Application with a picture, score sheets, and transcripts must be in packet submitted to the nursing program.

Career Mobility Nursing Challenge Exam:

CHALLENGE EXAM # 1
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 11:00 AM
Clyde J Hall Classroom building 201

CHALLENGE EXAM # 2 (IF NEEDED)
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11:00 AM
​Clyde J Hall Classroom building 201

Topics to review for the challenge exam:

  • Fundamentals, Cardiac, Respiratory, Med/Surg. Pediatrics, Maternity, Mental Health, Delegation.
  • Complete quizzes and exams in an NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN review book covering topics listed.

The MSC nursing programs NCLEX-RN review book recommendation: Silvestri- NCLEX-RN Examination 7th ed. The book allows you to complete exams and quizzes over specific concepts online.

  1. Pick up a Challenge Exam form available in the Health Sciences building Suite 100.
  2. The Challenge Exam fee is $225.00 and is to be paid to the MSC business office prior to the exam.
  3. The receipt of payment and challenge form will be presented at the time of testing. 
  4. Students must present a valid photo ID to be admitted for testing.

For more information, visit the Oklahoma Board of Nursing website or contact the Nursing Advisor for specific admission questions. Email Program Chair, to be placed on the list to take the challenge exam by February 18, 2020. Include name telephone number and ATI TEAS test date and score.

The Nursing Program Chair and the Nursing Selection Committee reserve the right to alter processes and practices pertaining to admission to the MSC Nursing Program.