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RN Program Information

What is Nursing?

Our nursing program prepares students to fill a critical role in the health care industry with a career as a professional registered nurse (RN). With new trends in health care, nursing is seen as the greatest untapped resource in our nation. With our Associates Degree program, which can be completed in 2 years, you’ll have several options after graduation including being eligible to apply for the NCLEX RN exam.

DID YOU KNOW: Licensed Licensed Practical Nurses may seek entry at the second year of the curriculum. See the RN Curriculum Check Sheet for information and requirements.

Employment Outlook

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. 

What's It like Being a Nursing Student?

In our Associates Degree program you’ll learn to use skills and knowledge to fulfill the role of a 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. 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 program.

The program also combines general education and nursing courses that connect classroom and clinical instruction in a variety of ways. Upon graduating, you’ll be 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. 

Remember: 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

  • Attend a pre-admission nursing conference with the nursing program coordinator or designee.
  • Submit the following documentation by March 1 for consideration for the fall and November 1 for consideration for the spring to:
    • Admission Office
    • Attn: Shana Lewis
    • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
    • 700 College Road
    • Cumberland, KY. 40823
  • Current application of admission to the college. This is on the college website. If you have been out of school a semester or more, please complete a new application. (If you are currently enrolled at another KCTCS Community College please do a paper application, only for SKCTC, if you are admitted the application will then be processed to change home school).
  • Application for admission to the nursing program.
  • Unofficial High School Transcript or indication that the applicant has or will complete a high school course of study or a passing GED official score report.
  • Unofficial transcripts for KCTCS colleges and Official transcripts for all other colleges, universities, and/or vocational schools attended since high school.
  • Proof of Nurse Aid via transcript, or KBN certified list.
  • Results of the ACT, and NLN pre-admission (PAX) RN Exam Scores.
  • All above required information and forms must be submitted by the applicant at one time in one packet. 
  • 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 the application deadline, 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.

Admission is open to all qualified students.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is an equal educational and employment opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of; race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, gender presentation, national origin, age, disability, family medical history, or genetic information. Further, we vigilantly prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, military service, or any other non-merit based factor. 

An ACT or its equivalent, and/or PAX NLN Preadmission RN Exam score are required for admission to the A.D.N. and PN programs. 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

(If submitting PAX for admission consideration it must be taken within the last 3 years of admission date)

Admission is based on a 100-point scale system.

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) 

  • Quantitative reasoning that meet AA or AS degree, with a grade of C or better.
  • General Psychology (PSY 110)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 137), with a grade of C or better.
  • CPR 100 or CPR for Healthcare Providers or its equivalency
  • Prior to enrolling in Nursing 101, students must provide documentation of successful completion of MNA/NAA 100 or a minimum 75 hour nursing assistant course or its equivalent (if not on the registry course must have been taken within past 3 years of admission to verify currency of essential skills) 
  • Documentation of all required immunizations and CPR for the Health Care Provider will be required.
  • Progression in the Associate Degree Nursing program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of "C" or higher in each nursing, biological science, and mathematics course either concurrent or prior to as denoted in program curriculum.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or higher (on a 4.0 scale).


All applicants must apply by March 1 for consideration for the fall and November 1 for consideration for the spring to be eligible for the fall nursing class.

Anyone seeking readmission/transfer to the spring semester ONLY must submit their documentation by March 1 for fall courses and November 1 for spring spring courses, 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

Who demonstrate above average standing in high school or on the GED
Have an ACT composite standard score of 20 or above or its equivalent and/or
(PAX) NLN pre-admission RN Exam score of 50 Percentile rank or higher.
Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better

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).

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. Visit southeast.kctcs.edu/affording-college for more information. 

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.

Helpful Tip: Complete the applications as 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 have: 

  • Sufficient visual acuity needed for all patient assessment and nursing care:
  • Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, IV infusion pumps, Doptones, fire alarms, etc.
  • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment required in meeting health needs;
  • Sufficient communication skills, (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the individual s interest; and
  • Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.

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. 


Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). 

The Associate Degree nursing program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College at the Cumberland campus located in Cumberland, KY is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm

Any further questions may be addressed by calling 606-589-3096 or by emailing Dr. Melissa Humfleet, Nursing Program Coordinator at MHumfleet0003@kctcs.edu.