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Associate Degree Nursing Program

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Nursing Program prepares students to fill a critical role in the health care industry with a career as a professional registered nurse (RN). The Associate Degree Nursing Program can be completed in 2 years. Graduates are eligible to apply for the NCLEX RN exam.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at SKCTC prepares graduates to use their skill and knowledge to fulfill the role of the nurse: enhance human flourishing, demonstrate sound nursing judgment, continually develop professional identity, and possesses a spirit of inquiry to improve the quality of patient care. Encompassed within these roles are six core components of nursing practice: context and environment, knowledge and science, personal/professional development, quality and safety, relationship-centered care and teamwork. These core components are introduced, developed and built upon throughout the curriculum.

The curriculum combines general education and nursing courses that correlate classroom and clinical instruction in a variety of community agencies. The ADN graduate, having achieved the graduate outcomes, is prepared to practice in a variety of settings within the parameters of individual knowledge and experience according to the standards of practice and successful completion of the NCLEX RN national exam.

Progression in the Associate Degree Nursing program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or better in each biological science, nursing and mathematics course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale).

Licensed Practical Nurses may seek admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program by following the standard nursing admission process. An LPN who hold an active unrestricted license for Practical Nursing and successfully completes all components of the NRS 200 LPN-ADN Transition Course will be awarded credit for nursing courses in the first year of the program. Licensed Practical Nurses who graduated three (3) years prior to admission must provide verification of current employment. Current employment is defined as one (1) full year of employment as an LPN within the past three (3) years.

In order to enroll at the ADN level, you have to complete the pre-requisite general education courses and the LPN-ADN Transition Course before you can receive credit for NRS 101 and NRS 102. LPN's seeking admission may contact the nursing coordinator for additional information. Kathy Guyn (606)-589-3095. 

The Selection Process
Applicants must apply by March 1 to be eligible for the fall nursing class.

Enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing Program may be limited because of available health care facilities in the community, as well as limited faculty and financial resources at the community college.

Admission is based upon a point system. The admission point scale is designed to objectively evaluate applicants for the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Applicants with the highest total points will be admitted to the program.

Preference may be given to applicants:
  • Who demonstrate above average standing in high school or on the GED
  • With an ACT composite standard score of 20 or above or its equivalent
  • An overall score of 100 out of the 200 possible on the NLN pre-admission RN Exam
  • Who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Who have earned 12 or more graded credit hours taken at a regionally accredited college
Selection of students for the Associate Degree Nursing Program will be made by the President of the college or the President’s designee after considering the recommendations of an admission committee which is to be appointed for this purpose.

Applicants will be notified by letter of acceptance or non-acceptance into the nursing program. Students accepted to the program will attend a mandatory nursing orientation.

Expenses & Financial Assistance
Students are responsible for necessary books, uniforms, professional liability insurance, criminal background check, drug screening and transportation to school and clinical sites.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College offers a variety of financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Students accepted to the nursing program may also apply for the Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund (NISF). Additional information regarding the NISF program and an application form are found on the Kentucky Board of Nursing web site.

Employment Opportunities:
According to the US Department of Labor, overall job opportunities are excellent. There is a 90-100% job placement for SKCTC ADN graduates seeking employment within one month of graduation. Nationwide salary range for RN’s is $51-76,000. The annual median wage for the Commonwealth of Kentucky is $55,000.00.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033, (404)679-4500

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. 312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300. Louisville, KY 40222-5172. (502) 429-3300 or (800) 305-2042. Website:

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404 975-5000)