Murray State College Nursing Program Review

Murray State College (MSC) is based in the rural city of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The college also has a campus in Ardmore. Murray State College enrolls over 2,500 students each year. Established in1908, the college offers a variety of certificate and associate’s degree programs. Students can also participate in activities such as athletics programs in golf, basketball, softball and baseball. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nursing Programs

The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accredits the AAS (Associate of Applied Science) in Nursing program at Murray State College.

Murray State College Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Nursing Program (for an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing)

Murray State College offers an AAS in Nursing program, which is a type of Associate’s Degree in Nursing geared toward the vocational nurse, rather than nurses pursuing a four-year degree. Admission requirements to the nursing program include obtaining a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) license, completion of a chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better, a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better in college courses and an ACT score of 19 or higher.  Students must also take two tests, the Evolve and HESI as a part of the admission evaluation process for the AAS in Nursing. Students who do not meet the application requirements of the nursing program may do so by completing 15 credits of nursing coursework with a minimum “B” average (3.0 GPA) including at least one science course. The AAS in Nursing program can be completed in 5 semesters, including one summer. Upon completion of the nursing program, students receive an AAS in Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Career Mobility Program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Critical Care Paramedics

The Career Mobility program allows prospective students with a background in healthcare as an LPN or Critical Care Paramedic to build upon their previous education and experience to complete the AAS in Nursing program. Admission requirements to the program include an ACT score of 19 or higher, licensure as an LPN or Paramedic, and attending a nursing admission class. LPNs and Paramedics can usually complete the nursing program in 3 or 4 semesters based on credit received for previous coursework. LPNs and Paramedics are not immediately awarded academic credit for their healthcare background, but must successfully pass exams to test out of particular courses.

Murray State College Nursing Certificate Programs

Practical Nursing

Students in the AAS in Nursing program are also eligible to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Licensure as a Practical Nurse requires students to have a high school diploma. Upon completion of the nursing program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses to become an LPN.

Nursing Certificates

In partnership with Ed2Go, Murray State College offers a variety of nursing certificate programs. Students can complete a nursing certificate in End of Life Care, Gerontology, Integrative Health and other courses relevant to the nursing field. Courses in the certificate program are 6 weeks long.

Murray State College
One Murray Campus,
Tishomingo, OK 73460