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MSC Nursing Program
Career Mobility Program Admission and Testing Information

MSC Nursing Program Career Mobility Overview

The Murray State College Career Mobility program offers a streamlined path for Licensed Paramedics/LPNs/LVNs to advance their careers. If you're a licensed paramedic or LPN/LVN, you can benefit from this program.

Here's how it works:

  • Credit Transfer: If you're a licensed paramedic/LPN/LVN, you can directly transfer into our nursing program. You'll receive 5 college credits for completing NUR1118, which covers the fundamentals of nursing (first semester of the MSC nursing program). This credit will be added to your transcript with a "P" grade after you successfully complete 12 or more semester hours of the ADN nursing program at Murray State College.
  • Prerequisite Course: Before entering the MSC Nursing Program, all licensed paramedics/LPNs/LVNs are required to successfully complete NUR1113, which is the Nursing Role Transition course.
  • Accelerated Path: If you are a licensed paramedic/LPN/LVN who graduated within 3 years of the start of the Career Mobility (CM) nursing program, you will receive even more benefits. You'll receive 9 college credits for NUR1129, covering Health Promotion and the Nursing Process 1 (second semester of the MSC nursing program). With these credits, you'll be able to directly enter NUR2219, the third semester of the MSC Nursing Program. This means you can complete the program in just two semesters.
  • Longer Graduates: If you graduated from your LPN/LVN program more than three years before starting the CM nursing program, you can request credit for extra-institutional learning by taking the NUR1129 Challenge exam. If you pass this exam, you can directly enter NUR2219 and complete the RN nursing program in two semesters.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing from Murray State College. This degree will make you eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam, which, upon passing, will grant you the title of Registered Nurse (RN). This program offers a swift and effective route to advancing your nursing career.

Our nursing program is highly respected and operates on a selective admission basis. To be considered for admission, you'll need to meet these requirements:

  • Test Scores: Achieve a minimum ACT reading composite score of 20, or attain a score of 250 on the NexGen Accuplacer reading exam.
  • GPA: Maintain a college retention GPA of 2.5 or have a nursing prerequisite GPA of 3.0 when submitting your nursing program application.
  • Prerequisite Grades: Ensure you've received a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite courses.
  • ACT Review: Your ACT scores and GPA will be reviewed before taking the ATI Teas entrance exam.
  • Challenge Assessment: Score a minimum of 75% on the Challenge Assessment.
  • License/Certification: Hold a valid and current LPN or Paramedic license/certification.
  • Application Packet: Prepare an application packet containing a photo, score sheets, and transcripts. Submit this packet to the nursing program.
  • Application Submission: Submit a comprehensive nursing application to the Murray State College Nursing Program.

MSC Nursing Program Career Mobility Challenge Exam Information
NOTE: Students must apply and be accepted to MSC prior to taking the Challenge exam if not currently taking courses at MSC   


Steps to register for the MSC Nursing Challenge Exam:

  1. Request a Challenge Exam form available in the Health Sciences building Suite 100 or by email.
  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.
  5. Students must have a current application submitted to MSC Registrar. 
  6. Email the Malaika Horton Dean of Nursing to be placed on the list to take the challenge exam @
                             Include name, email, and phone number in the email request


Fall Challenge Exam Dates Spring Challenge Exam Dates
Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 1230pm 
Clyde J Hall Classroom Building rooms 201-202
Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at 1230pm
Clyde J Hall Classroom Building rooms 201-202
Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 1230pm
Clyde J Hall Classroom Building rooms 201-202
Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 1230pm
Clyde J Hall Classroom Building rooms 201-202
Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 1230pm
Clyde J Hall Classroom Building rooms 201-202
Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 1230pm
Clyde J Hall Classroom Building rooms 201-202
Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 1230pm
Clyde J Hall Classroom Building rooms 201-202
Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 1230pm
Clyde J Hall Classroom Building rooms 201-202

Topics to review for the challenge exam:

  • Fundamentals, Cardiac, Respiratory, Med/Surg. Pediatrics, Maternity, Mental Health, Delegation, Dosage Calculations.
  • Complete quizzes and exams in an NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN review book covering the topics listed.
  • A concept map will be provided for review when you receive your ticket to test.

The MSC nursing programs NCLEX-RN review book recommendation:
Silvestri- NCLEX-RN Examination 9th ed. The book allows you to complete exams and quizzes over specific concepts online.

We're your partners in achieving a successful nursing career. If you need help or have questions, please reach out.

PLEASE NOTE: The Nursing Program Chair and the Nursing Selection Committee can modify admission processes for the MSC Nursing Program. For more details or inquiries, feel free to contact us. Your nursing goals matter, and we're here to assist you at every stage.