Health and Sciences building on the Downtown campus

Nursing Programs

Practical Nursing (to become an LPN):

Deadlines to apply to the Practical Nursing Program:

  • October 1st for the spring semester (classes beginning in January)
  • March 1st for the fall semester (classes beginning in August)

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.  

Campus-Based Associate Degree Nursing Program (to become a Registered 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).

Campus-Based LPN-RN Summer Bridge Course:

  • 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 nursing 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 Bridge Course must attend a mandatory Pre-Admission conference and applications for the Summer Bridge can be obtained only at one of the conferences.
     Conference dates/times for the summer of 2016 application cycle (February 1-April 15) will be posted during the Fall 2015 semester. The application period for the Summer 2015 course is now closed.
  • Please bring unofficial copies of all previous college-level coursework from the original school, including one from JCTC.
  • NACE -NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE-1: Foundations of Nursing)
    • Deadline dates to register to take the exam, closes five (5) days before the exam date.
    • Register at
    • NACE testing is held in the JCTC Assessment Center located at: Jefferson Education Center, 200 W Broadway, building F, room 606.
    • Sign-in begins 15-30 minutes before the start of the exam.
    • NACE Testing Dates and Times:
      • March 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM
      • April 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM
      • April 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM
  • It will be necessary to create an NLN account for this purpose and to pay the exam fee online. 
  • All pre-requisites must be completed and documented on the original school’s unofficial transcripts submitted with the application.  Pre-requisites for the LPN-RN Bridge course include: A&P I & II (BIO 137 & 139), Computer Literacy (Completion of a computer course or 75% on the IC3 Fast Track exam).  General Psych (PSY 110), ENG 101, College Algebra (MAT 150)  Developmental Psychology (PSY 223), Oral Communications (COM 181 or COM 252.)

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