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What Is Nursing?

The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares graduates to provide and manage patient care and to become valuable members within the discipline of nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The RN program is offered on the Ƶ Campus, the Licking Valley Campus in Cynthiana, and the Montgomery Campus in Mount Sterling.

What are my career choices?

There are many job opportunities as a Registered Nurse that include, but are not limited to, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, child care centers, educational facilities, physician's offices, etc.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

LPN to RN Online

The LPN to RN online method of delivery has been especially designed to meet the needs of the working LPN. The online delivery method allows the nurse to continue working and attend classes at a time that is convenient to him/her. Students will be required to come to the Ƶ Campus Clinical/Lab.  The dates will be announced early to allow the nursing student ample time to plan their work schedule accordingly.

In order for the LPN to ask for admission to the online method of delivery (Please also refer to admissions requirements on the nursing page) he/she must have and an unencumbered LPN license and the following courses with minimum grade of C; 
LPN to RN MUST watch the Pre-Admission Conference Video by the deadline for application. This will be the last business day of October:

BIO 137 (Anatomy and Physiology I)

BIO 139 (Anatomy and Physiology II)

MAT 150 (College Algebra)

PSY 110 (Intro to Psychology)

ATTENTION PLEASE NOTE UPDATED INFORMATION BELOW:

Our preadmission conferences for the face-to-face ADN programs will be posted online for Ƶ, Licking Valley, and Montgomery Campuses the beginning of September, the semester prior to the Fall admission date. The deadline of application to the RN programs is March 1 the semester, prior to the August start date.

The LPN to RN online/hybrid program admits every January.  Applicants must watch the preadmission conferences for the LPN-RN program and fill out application paperwork for the LPN-RN program. All applications must be received by the last business day in October prior to the January start date.

The PN program has its own preadmission conference video and required paperwork. The Rowan Campus PN Program will be admitting in August 2023.  The deadline of application to the Rowan PN Program is March 1. The Ƶ Main Campus PN Program will be admitting January of 2023.  The deadline of application to the PN programs is the last business day in October. 

Before applying for any Ƶ Nursing Program, review the preadmission conference presentation online for the desired program. Read the information packet below the conference video.  When you are finished, fill out and sign the required forms under "Admission Signatures".  Please submit the Certificate of Completion with the other signed forms. All application forms are due by the deadlines for the chosen programs.

If you have not taken the TEAS exam, please contact Jerry Morrison at jerry.morrison@kctcs.edu to schedule testing date and time.  Information will then be emailed to you on how to set up an account with ATI and test from home.

Pre-Admission Conference Information

RN applicants MUST watch the Pre-Admission Conference Video by the deadline for application.

Any student interested in entering the Nursing Program at Ƶ is required to watch this pre-admissions conference video prior to submitting their application. It has lots of great information to get you on your way to a great career in nursing.

Download and return per instructions provided during pre-admissions conference video.  You must send one packet for each campus you are applying to.

LPN to RN applicants MUST watch the Pre-Admission Conference Video by the deadline for application.

Any student interested in entering the Nursing Program at Ƶ is required to watch this pre-admissions conference video prior to submitting their application. It has lots of great information to get you on your way to a great career in nursing.

Download and return per instructions provided during pre-admissions conference video. You must send one packet for each campus you are applying to.

PN applicants MUST watch the Pre-Admission Conference Video by the deadline for application.

Download and return per instructions provided during pre-admissions conference video.  You  must send one packet for each campus you are applying to.

Admissions Requirements

Acceptance into the Associate Degree RN Program is based on a selective admissions process. Requirements are as follows:

  • current application for admission to a KCTCS Ƶ
  • official transcript from each Ƶ or university previously attended
  • ACT scores
  • Red Cross or American Heart Association Healthcare Provider level CPR certification required prior to first day of class if admitted to program (online certification not acceptable)
  • proof of active status on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry
  • LPN school transcripts (if applicable)
  • successful completion of program pre-requisites with a grade of "C" or higher
  • attendance at one pre-admission conference per admission cycle (academic year)
  • LPN to RN  MUST watch Pre-Admission Conference prior to October deadline:
  • Part of Ƶ’s ADN program’s selective admission process is the requirement to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The ATI TEAS test is part of a national exam for health sciences and is designed specifically to assess the student’s academic preparedness.  The test is multiple choice and the skills assessed are in mathematics, reading, science, English and language usage.

    There are several online study options and books available to prepare for the TEAS exam covering the concepts and subjects that the student needs to know. Preparing for the exam prior to taking it will help the student boost their confidence level and success rate on exam. Many of the preparation courses available also offer focused remediation to identify areas of possible improvement. Please go to:  which has a listing of free webinars and online options available for purchase.   

    The required score to be considered for the ADN program is a “Basic” which is above 41.3%.  If the student falls below this level, they will not be considered in this year’s admission but can retest and apply the following year. Scores for the selective admission will be the following:

  • Exemplary: 90.7% or higher = 15 points

  • Advanced:  78.0% to 90.6% = 10 points

  • Proficient: 58.7% to 77.9% = 5 points

  • Basic: 41.3% to 58.6% = 0 points

 

If a student did not test well, they may retest one time in the admission process per admission cycle. The retake has to be completed prior to the admission deadline for the desired admission date. The best score of the two attempts will be used to calculate the points for selective admission.    

A student who has passed the National Council Licensure Examination - PN (NCLEX-PN) and holds an active unrestricted license for practical/vocational nursing will be awarded credit for the first semester nursing course in a KCTCS associate degree nursing program. Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses who graduated more than three (3) years prior to admission to a KCTCS associate degree nursing program shall provide verification of current employment. Current employment is defined as (1) full year full-time employment as an LPN/LVN within the last three years. The employment in nursing shall be defined as patient/client contact and shall be verified by the employing agency/agencies using the standardized verification of employment form. The student must meet nursing admissions criteria as stated in the Rules of the Senate, Section IV 3.7.1, and be accepted in to the nursing program for credit to be awarded.

A student admitted into a KCTCS associate degree nursing program may be granted additional credit by one of the following options:

  1. A student who passed the National Council Licensure Examination - PN (NCLEX-PN) and holds an active unrestricted license for practical/vocational nursing and successfully completes NSG 196 LPN-ADN Bridge Course will be awarded credit for the second semester nursing course in a KCTCS associate degree nursing program. Upon successful completion of all components of the course, the student will be admitted to NSG 236 and will have earned five (5) credit hours for NSG 196 and four (4) credit hours for NSG 206 for a total of nine (9) credit hours.
  2. A student who passed the National Council Licensure Examination - PN (NCLEX-PN) and holds an active unrestricted license for practical/vocational nursing and successfully completes NSG 195 Transition to ADN Bridge Course will be awarded credit for the second semester nursing course in a KCTCS associate degree nursing program. Upon successful completion of all components of the course, the student will be admitted to NSG 229 and will have earned four (4) credit hours for NSG 195 and three (3) credit hours for NSG 219 for a total of seven (7) credit hours.
  3. A student who passed the National Council Licensure Examination - PN (NCLEX-PN) and holds an active unrestricted license for practical/vocational nursing and successfully completes NSG 199 Accelerated Transition PN-ADN Bridge Course will be awarded credit for the second semester medical surgical nursing course in a KCTCS associate degree nursing program. Upon successful completion of all components of the course, the student will be admitted to NSG 229 and will have earned two (2) credit hours for NSG 199 and five (5) credit hours for NSG 219 for a total of seven (7) credit hours.

Ƶ Campus Testing Coordinator: Jerry Morrison
(606) 759-7141 ex. 66191
jerry.morrison@kctcs.edu

 

  • GPA of 2.50 or better in all Ƶ coursework (not just one class)
  • all Ƶ and program admission requirements must be on file by March 1 of each year to be considered for admission to NSG 101 in the fall semester
  • LPNs entering the program in the spring semester must have all Ƶ and program admission requirements on file by November 1
  • documentation of computer literacy as defined by KCTCS

Acceptance into the Practical Nursing program is based on a selective admissions process. Requirements are as follows:

  • application for admission to the Ƶ
  • official high school transcript verifying graduation or official passing GED scores
  • official transcript from each Ƶ or university previously attended
  • recent overall Teas score of 41.3

Ƶ Campus Testing Coordinator:

Jerry Morrison
(606) 759-7141 ex. 66191
jerry.morrison@kctcs.edu

  • current Red Cross or American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Level CPR certification (online certification not acceptable); must be kept current during the program
  • successful completion of a Medicaid Nurse Aide or equivalent course within the past three (3) years
  • proof of active status on the Kentucky State Nurse Aide Registry
  • successful completion of program prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher
  • watch one (1) pre-admission conference per admission cycle
  • All students making application for admission to the Practical Nursing Program must take the TEAS Examination.  Schedule a testing appointment with Jerry Morrison Ƶ Testing Center, (606) 759-7141, ext. 66191, jerry.morrison@kctcs.edu
  • An online registration fee of about $70 will be required to be paid with credit card upon arrival at the testing center and before beginning the exam.  The registration fee cannot be paid prior to the exam date.  It must be paid before beginning the exam.
  • Practice exams and a study guide are available through ATI.    

   

College Requirement
Document Due Date**
Nurse Aide Abuse Registry Certification Send with application
CPR Certification or Re-Certification-American Heart Last day of first week of classes
Professional Liability Insurance Proof Paid with tuition
TB Two-Step Test or QuantiFERON-TB Gold Blood Test or Chest Xray Last day of first week of class
Clinical Facility Requirement (Possible)
Document Due Date**
Drug Screen (EHUDS)* See Below
Criminal Background Check* See Below
Rubella Titer Last day of first week of classes
Varicella Immunization Record or Titer Last day of first week of classes
Mumps Immunization Record or Titer Last day of first week of classes
Hepatitis B Surface Antibody (HBSAB) (Series of 3) Last day of first week of classes

OR

Clinical Facility Requirement (Possible)
Document Due Date**
Acute Hepatitis Panel (HEP ACUTE) Last day of first week of classes
Respirator Fit Test Per facility
COVID Vaccination Possible requirement
Determined by Individual Facility
Document Due Date**
Influenza Immunization Last day of first week of class

*The drug screen/background check is performed by the facility with results given to the student. These results do not become part of the student's file. It is the student's responsibility to provide a copy of the drug screen/background check to the clinical instructor to be submitted to each clinical facility upon request. These tests are completed with CastleBranch and explained during orientation.

Other Information (Strongly Recommended)
Document Due Date**
Tetanus Immunization/Booster Last day of first week of classes

**or as specified by course

 

In order to be considered for readmission by the Nursing Admissions Committee, the applicant must:

  • Submit a written request to the Coordinator of the Program.
  • Meet current guidelines for admission to both the Ƶ and nursing program.
  • Attend one (1) pre-admission conference per admission cycle.
  • Show competency for prior semester by taking an ATI examination with at least a score of Level 2 and meeting the national mean or by passing the previous term's Med-Surg final examination with ≥ seventy-nine percent (79%) proficiency. Testing will be limited to one (1) attempt. Students will also be required to demonstrate proficiency of skills from all previously completed courses. Only one (1) attempt is allowed. Students must be recommended by nursing faculty from the past semester.
  • No e-mails will be accepted as letters of request to coordinator and/or faculty.
  • All written requests must have applicant's signature on it.

A student may be readmitted to the nursing program one (1) time. The nursing admissions committee may recommend readmission a second (2nd) time, if a student furnishes sufficient evidence of remedial study, additional preparation, or resolution of factors contributing to unsuccessful course completion. There is no consideration for a third admission

If more than three (3) years have elapsed since initial enrollment in any nursing program, an applicant must repeat all nursing courses.

Note: If a student has set out one (1) semester, a Ƶ admission application is to be completed. If one (1) year has elapsed, a Ƶ admission application long form will be required. Completion of admission forms is the responsibility of the student.

Upon completion of this program, the graduate can:

  1. Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings (human flourishing).
    1. Incorporate culturally competent, individualized plans of care focusing on services and activities that promote independence, maintain or restore health, or support a peaceful death and advocate for access and quality of care for patients.
    2. Formulate teaching/learning processes to facilitate patients’ informed decision-making to support and achieve positive outcomes that demonstrates respect for diverse patients.
  2. Formulate judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality-care and promote the health of patients within a family and community context (nursing judgment).
    1. Utilize the nursing process as a basis for clinical judgment to optimize outcomes of care for the patient, family, and community.
    2. Establish and maintain effective/therapeutic communication in collaboration with patients, families, significant others, and members of the health care team.
    3. Manage the direct provision of nursing care through effective organizational skills, appropriate delegation, and supervision within the scope of practice.
  3. Develop one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practice and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context (professional identity).
    1. Employ principles of advocacy, quality and safety, healthcare policy, and cost effectiveness to improve healthcare outcomes.
    2. Exhibit professional behaviors/practice as defined by the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing.
    3. Incorporate the ability to ethically and responsibly integrate technology to skillfully locate, evaluate, use, create and communicate information to improve the quality and safety of patient care and the life and employability of graduates.
  4. Consider the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities (spirit of inquiry).
    1. Interpret evidence-based literature/research for use in nursing practice.
    2. Exhibit continuous learning within the nursing profession.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate can:

  1. Promote the human dignity, integrity, self-determination, and personal growth of patients, oneself, and members of the health care team (human flourishing).
    1. Contribute to developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally competent, individualized plans of care focusing on services and activities that promote health and independence, maintain, or restore health, or support a peaceful death and advocate for access and quality of care for patients.
    2. Reinforce teaching/learning processes to facilitate the patients informed decision-making to support and achieve positive outcomes that demonstrates respect for diverse patients.
  2. Provide a rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care and for decisions that promote the health of patients within a family context (nursing judgment).
    1. Utilize the nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a basis for clinical judgment to optimize outcomes of care for the patient, family, and community.
    2. Establish and maintain effective/therapeutic communication in collaboration with patients, families, significant others, and members of the health care team;
    3. Provide nursing care through effective organizational skills and appropriate delegation within the scope of practice.
  3. Assess how one’s personal strengths and values affect one’s identity as a nurse and one’s contributions as a member of the health care team (professional identity).
    1. Use principles of advocacy, quality, and safety, and caring to assist in improving healthcare outcomes.
    2. Exhibit professional behaviors/practice as defined by the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing.
    3. Employ ethical and responsible use of technology to locate, use, and communicate information to improve the quality and safety of patient care and the life and employability of graduates.
  4. Question the basis for nursing actions, considering research, evidence, tradition, and patient preferences (spirit of inquiry).
    1. Consider evidence-based literature/research for use in nursing practice.
    2. Recognize need for continuous learning within the nursing profession.

TEAS Testing

How to pay for the TEAS Assessment 

TEAS Testing Contacts:

Ƶ Campus Testing Coordinator: Jerry Morrison
Phone: 606-759-7141 ex. 66191
Email: jerry.morrison@kctcs.edu

Rowan Campus Testing Coordinator: Ida Robertson
Phone: 606-759-7141 ex. 66327
Email: idah.robertson@Kctcs.edu

Montgomery Campus Testing Coordinator: Becky Bliss
Phone: 606-759-7141 ex. 66525
Email: rbliss0003@kctcs.edu

Licking Valley Campus Testing Coordinator: Xavier Carter
Phone: 859-234-8626 ex. 66426
Email: xavier.carter@kctcs.edu

Nursing Transfer Students- ADN/PN

Applicants who wish to transfer from another program of nursing must:

  1. Meet all requirements of the receiving institution.
  2. Notify the Associate Dean of Health Sciences/Nursing Program Administrator of the Associate Degree Nursing Program in writing, stating anticipated entry date and reason for transfer.
  3. Have two faculty members from the program previously attended submit a letter of recommendation to the receiving institution. The letters must be signed, dated, and printed on the school letterhead; one from the Nursing Program Director and one from a recent didactic/clinical Instructor, indicating that the student is in good academic and financial standing.  
  4. Applicants previously admitted to another nursing program, and who have earned a failing grade in any nursing course will not be accepted for admission into the Associate Degree or Practical Nursing Program at Ƶ.  However, you may apply as a new student starting at the beginning of the A.D.N. or PN Program
  5. If more than three years have elapsed since initial enrollment in the first nursing course in any registered nursing program, an applicant must repeat all nursing courses. 

Completed transfer requests will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1. First and foremost, space availability. 
  2. Acceptance of any Transfer Student will be dependent upon available resources, comparability of previous nursing courses, vacancy in the receiving course.  
  3. Previously completed nursing courses for content applicability to the nursing program at Ƶ Community and Technical College. This may include, but not limited to, review of course description and course syllabi. This is necessary to establish the most appropriate entry point into a Ƶ nursing program.
  4. Transfer students must demonstrate retained competency, as nursing courses are designed to build on previous courses.  Retained competency is demonstrated by successful completion (78.5% or higher) of the final exam of the most recent course the student will be receiving transfer credit. It is also required that the student pass a skills checkoff to demonstrate competency in the previous courses.

Transfer Information is available to students through the Ƶ website at:

Ƶ Transfer Center

have been established with four-year institutions to create a pathway for students who plan to complete a baccalaureate degree. Students and advisors may use this information for academic planning and a list of agreements is available online.

National Licensure

Upon successful completion of the Registered Nursing Program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) at designated testing centers.

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) at designated testing centers.

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Criminal Conviction Notification

Note: The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) requires that all criminal convictions (felonies and misdemeanors) to be reported upon application for licensure. KBN may deny a nursing graduate admission to the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN Exam if an individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony that involves acts that bear directly on the qualifications of the graduate to practice nursing. Applicants are encouraged to visit the for more information.

Kentucky Board of Nursing Approval Status

The following nursing programs at Ƶ Community & Technical College remain Approved programs of nursing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Associate Degree Nursing

  • Licking Valley Campus
  • Montgomery Campus
  • Ƶ Campus

Practical Nursing

  • Ƶ Campus
  • Montgomery Campus
  • Rowan Campus

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Program Contact

Ginger Clarke

Associate Dean of Health Sciences

Nursing Program Administrator

(606) 759-7141, ext. 66253

ginger.clarke@kctcs.edu

Program Contact

Kathy Nelson

Administrative Assistant (Ƶ & Licking Valley Campuses)

(606) 759-7141 ext. 66102

kathleen.nelson@kctcs.edu

Program Contact

Cassie Chandler

Administrative Assistant II (Rowan & Montgomery Campuses)

(606) 783-1538 ext. 66334

cassie.chandler@kctcs.edu