Practical Nursing (to become an LPN):
This is primarily a daytime program. The Practical Nursing (PN) Program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Upon completion of the program of study, the graduate is awarded a diploma of practical nursing and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) is an accelerated program of study that includes classroom, skills laboratory and hands-on clinical experiences in various healthcare facilities. Nursing courses are 9-10 credit hours each semester, which generally includes 1-2 full days per week of on-campus activities plus 6-12 hours of clinical time per week. In addition, to be successful, nursing students will need at least 10-15 hours per week of study outside of the classroom.
The ADN curriculum also includes supporting sciences, math and general education courses. A full-time student can complete the entire curriculum in 5 semesters (16-17 credit hours in some semesters.) Nursing core classes can be completed in 4 semesters (9-10 credit hours each semester.)
Graduates are prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN.) Upon licensure, the graduate is prepared to assume responsibilities for direct patient care, management of care and to exercise clinical judgment, in a variety of settings.
The role of the A.D.N. graduate includes the promotion of human flourishing, the utilization of nursing judgment, the on-going development of a professional identity, and maintenance of a spirit of inquiry to foster life-long learning. Encompassed within these roles are the core components of context and environment, knowledge and science, personal/professional development, quality and safety, relationship-centered care, and teamwork.
The JCTC ADN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
Licensed Practical Nurses may apply for Advanced Standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program, whereby they are granted full credit for the first semester of the program. Successful completion of the 8-week Summer Bridge Course, NSG 196 and NSG 216, Pharmacology I, prepares them to enter into the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) Program.
Application is open to graduates who have passed the National Council Licensure Examination-PN (NCLEX-PN) and hold an active unrestricted license for practical/vocational nursing. Individuals who plan to apply for the LPN-RN Summer Semester Bridge Course must attend a mandatory Pre-Admission conference and applications for the Summer Bridge Course can be obtained only at one of the conferences.