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). Due to new trends in health care, nursing is seen as the greatest untapped resource in our nation as we strive for quality health care. A career in Nursing offers vast opportunities. Graduates are eligible to apply for the NCLEX RN exam. The Associate Degree Nursing Program can be completed in 2 years.
Licensed Practical Nurses may seek entry at the second year of the curriculum. See LPN-RN information sheet and requirements.
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 possess 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 and student learning 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.
Acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program is based on a selective admissions process, there is no waiting list. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must comply with college and program admission requirements prior to March 1 for admission to the fall NSG 101 Course.
Admission Requirements for August 2017
Apply to the program
*If you wish to have consideration regarding college GPA or courses taken over three years ago a letter must be in the application packet stating reason for request including grades, year and explanation.
* if you have not taken the NAA (NURSEAID) by March 1, please put in the packet anticipated date for the class.
You may be admitted to the program before completing the pre-requisite classes, but the courses must be successfully completed before enrolling in the Nursing 101 course.
PRE- Admission Exams (Required)
An ACT, and ( PAX) NLN Pre-admission RN Exam score is required for admission to the ADN Program. For information on the NLN exam, download the NLN brochure for test dates, exam content and the registration process. https://ondemand.questionmark.com/400030/ext/nlntesting (
Due to recommendations by the National League for Nursing, students at SKCTC may not take the exam mare than once in a 12 month period. You may take the exam at SKCTC or other college or University and submit a copy of the results in your application packet.
For LPN’s seeking admission see NLN-NACE Foundations Exam information at the above website.
The following must be completed before entering the first nursing course,
but these courses are not required to be completed before applying: (students may be in the process of taking courses or plan to take over the summer)
All applicants must apply by March 1 to be eligible for the fall nursing class.
Anyone seeking readmission/transfer to the spring semester ONLY must submit their documentation by November 15, each year.
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 may be admitted to the program.
Preference may be given to applicants
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 MUST ATTEND A MANDATORY NURSING INFORMATION SESSION IN MAY in order to retain their slot in the program. (
Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by first week of May).
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. SCHOLARSHIPS: The deadline to apply for SKCTC scholarships is March 1 each year. Please go to the SKCTC webpage to access information and applications for scholarships, including merit, general, need-based and others.
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. www.kbn.org Students may also go onto the College website and under FA, apply for college scholarships. (
This should be completed early as possible deadlines are usually during the spring each year for most scholarships.)
Nursing at the technical level involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. All students should possess:
Criminal Conviction Background/Drug Screening
The Kentucky Board of Nursing requires that all criminal convictions (misdemeanors and felonies) be reported at the time of application for licensure. The Board has the power to deny the right to take the licensure exam to an individual with a criminal history that involves acts bearing directly on the practice of nursing.
In order to comply with requirements of all affiliating health care agencies, a criminal background check and drug screening will be required of all students once a year. Affiliating agencies may deny the student with a criminal background and/or students who fail the drug screening, the right to participate in clinical learning experiences at their facilities. This will require the student to withdraw from the program.
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 average for RN’s is $69,790 ($33.55/hr.). The average salary wage for the Commonwealth of Kentucky is $58,000.00, ($27.87/hr.)
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 (502-429-3300 or 800-305-2042)
The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404 975-5000) www.acenursing.org For further information or questions email Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org Program Coordinator
Revised fall 2016