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JCTC’s ADN program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The length of this program, including General Education (Gen Ed) courses, is four (4) full-time semesters. Upon successful completion of this academic program, graduates will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Registered Nursing. Graduates will also be eligible to take the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

ADN Program Statistics:

  • Graduates’ NCLEX Success Rate (2021): 94%
  • Students’ completion of the nursing program: 53%
  • Job Placement Rates (2021): 94% of respondents were employed as an RN within 6-12 months after graduation.

ADN instruction is offered at two (2) JCTC campuses, Downtown and Shelby County:

In-Person, Daytime Program

Health Sciences Hall (HSH), Room 442

110 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40202


Phone Number: (502) 213-2440


Hybrid, Evenings & Weekends Program

230 Rocket Lane, Shelbyville, KY 40065


Phone: (502) 213-2440


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  • Home healthcare
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How do I apply?

If you’re not a JCTC student: Click here to apply to the college.

  • NOTE: Applying to JCTC is separate from applying to the ADN program.

The ADN program is a Selective Admissions program, which means students are not in the ADN program when they start at JCTC, but will eventually apply for acceptance into it.

Therefore, students should choose either: Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) as their major.

Once a student has been accepted into the ADN program, their major will be switched to: Registered Nursing.

The HESI is a computerized test used to assess the academic ability of perspective nursing students.

The cost of the HESI is approximately $58 (subject to change).

LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) do NOT have to take the HESI.

To register and pay for the HESI A2 Entrance Exam, please follow the steps below:

  1. Sign up as a student by going to the Evolve website.
    • Click on "I’m a Student".
    • Next, click on "Sign-In" (upper right-hand corner). If you already have an account, go to Step 3 after login.
    • For new students, click on "Create Account" and fill in required fields.
    • Finally, click on "Submit".
  2. Register for HESI Testing Payment Link.
    • At the bottom of the main page, click on "Register for Results and Remediation".
    • You should see HESI Assessment HESI Registration. If so, click on "Register".
    • Next, click on "Check out/Redeem".
  3. Make your payment.
    • Click on "My Evolve" (top of the screen).
    • Next, click on "HESI Assessment Student Access".
    • Then, click on "Payments" tab.
    • If you’re taking the exam for the 1st time, please use Payment ID: 23973.
  4. After completing the Checkout process, please click one of the links below to select your exam date:

Students ready to apply to the ADN program must attend a mandatory PAC within six (6) months of their desired application deadline. Please be sure to:

  • Register no later than 8:00 AM the day of your conference.
  • Bring your Student ID or another proof of identification.
  • Bring your Nursing Academic Program Plan (APP), which can be prepared by Academic Advising.

Students who arrive 10 or more minutes late will NOT be admitted and will have to attend another PAC.

NOTE: Please only attend a Preadmission Conference at the campus where you plan to attend.

Preadmission Conference Dates

  • Friday, August 19, 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 20, 10:00 AM
  • Friday, September 2, 2:00 PM

To register, click the link below: DT Campus Preadmission Conference Link

Preadmission Conference Dates

  • Friday, July 22, 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 31, 5:30 PM
  • Saturday, September 10, 10:00 AM

To register, click the link below: Shelby Campus Preadmission Conference Link


The associate degree in nursing program at Jefferson Community and Technical College at the Downtown Campus located in Louisville, KY, is accredited by the,

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Nursing Prerequisites

Any JCTC student is welcome to apply to the ADN program. Interested candidates must do the following:

  • Complete all ADN prerequisite courses:
    • BIO 137: Anatomy & Physiology I (grade of ‘C’ or better).
      • Must be completed within 10 years of first semester of ADN program.
      • Transfer credits must include a Lab and be approved by the ADN program coordinator.
    • PSY 110: General Psychology or transfer equivalent (grade of ‘C’ or better).
    • Quantitative Reasoning/Math course at AA/AS level – such as MAT 146: Contemporary Math or MAT 150: College Algebra or transfer equivalent (grade of ‘C’ or better).
    • Currently listed as a State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) with KBN or completion of HST 104: Basic Skills Clinical I (includes CPR certification).
  • Attend a mandatory Preadmissions Conference and complete an ADN program application.
  • Submit any other required documents (APP; transfer transcripts, if applicable).

NOTE: Students can be enrolled in prerequisite courses during the Fall (or Spring) semester and still be eligible to apply for the upcoming Spring (or Fall) semester.

Nursing & Corequisite Courses

In addition to the above-mentioned prerequisite courses, new ADN students will complete the following courses:

NRS 101: Nursing Care I (9 credit hours)

* BIO 139: Anatomy & Physiology II (grade of ‘C’ or better); completed within 10 years

NRS 102: Nursing Care II (10 credit hours)

* ENG 101: Writing I (grade of ‘C’ or better)

NRS 200: LPN-A.D.N. Transition (3 credit hours);

Prerequisites: BIO 137 & 139; ENG 101; PSY 110; Quantitative Reasoning/Math course at AA/AS level (all with grades of ‘C’ or better)

NRS 203: Nursing Care III (9 credit hours)

* BIO 225: Medical Microbiology (grade of ‘C’ or better); completed within 10 years

NRS 204: Nursing Care IV (10 credit hours)

* Heritage/Humanities course of student’s choice (grade of ‘C’ or better)

Regular Admission vs. Priority Admission

Below is the difference between applying for Regular Admission Status and Priority Admission Status:

  • Completion of all Preadmission Requirements (see Nursing Prerequisites above).
  • Student must have at least a 2.75 Nursing GPA.
  • The same requirements as Regular Admission plus the following:
    • Completion of all pre- and corequisite classes with at least a 3.0 Nursing GPA.

Deadlines to apply to the ADN Program

There are two (2) deadlines each year to apply to either ADN program (Downtown or Shelby County):

Semester Deadline to Apply
Spring 2023 (Starting January 2023) September 15th, 2022
Fall 2023 (Starting August 2023) April 15th, 2023

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