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Associate Degree Nursing

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What Is Nursing?

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is a Selective Admission program; potential nursing applicants must complete an application packet, which will be reviewed by the ADN Selective Admission’s Committee. Application to the college is a separate process from application to the nursing program. Nursing applications must be received in the Nursing Division office (Health Sciences Hall (HSH), room 442) by April 15 for the following Fall semester classes or by September 25 for the following Spring semester classes. Those who have completed all of the criteria required for Priority Admission may submit an application at any time to be considered for the next available opening; however, it is best to submit the application by the deadline.

What are my career options?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Community clinics
  • Home healthcare
  • Rehabilitation and nursing care facilities
  • Schools
  • Correctional facilities
  • Serve in the military
  • Business and industry
  • Travel companies

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NLN Pre-Admission Exam-RN (PAX-RN)

The PAX-RN is a National League for Nursing (NLN) standardized, computerized test that measures proficiency in Verbal ability (comprehension and vocabulary), Math, and Science at the 12th grade level. All three sections must be taken on the same assigned date. Each section has 40-70 questions and the cumulative time limit is 3 hours for the exam, calculated at 1.3 minutes per question. There is no limit to the number of times you may take the exam; however, you cannot test twice on the same day. The cost for the exam is approximately $40.00 subject to change without notification.

PAX Study Guide and Videos

Applicants must take this exam, and score a minimum of 105 composite, with a minimum of 50 in the Verbal Percentile Rank to be considered for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Results can be printed anywhere from 45 minutes to 6 hours following the computer-based exam, or retrieved from the NLN website for up to one year after the exam, free of charge. This means you must remember your username and password. A printed copy of the results must be submitted for application to the ADN program; results are not sent to the college.

Check-in begins 15 minutes prior to testing. Report to Health Sciences Hall, (110 W Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40202), Building A-South, room 376. The student must bring the confirmation receipt and a valid photo ID bearing both photo and signature to the testing site on the designated date and be directed to the testing location after check-in.

There are a limited number of testing dates prior to the application deadline. Therefore, please sign up early to assure you get the date most convenient for you.

  • Be sure to choose Eastern Standard Time when registering.
  • You must register online at least 24 business hours before the test date.

PAX Exam Sessions:

Several exam dates are scheduled before the application deadline; therefore, if no current dates are listed, they will be posted as soon as they become available. Please keep checking DAILY, because they fill up quickly.

Registration Period
(must register 24 business hours before the exam date)
 Exam Date   Exam Times 
 (3 hours)
From 8/26 to 8/29/2019 8/30/2019  1:00pm
From 8/26 to 9/4/2019 9/5/2019  9:00am
From 8/26 to 9/9/2019 9/10/2019  1:00pm
From 8/26 to 9/13/2019 9/16/2019  9:00am
From 8/26 to 9/23/2019 9/24/2019  9:00am
From 8/26 to 9/23/2019 9/24/2019  1:00pm


The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN),

Jefferson Community and Technical College is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).

  • Graduates’ success on the licensure and/or certification examination:
    • 2018:  89%
  • Students’ completion of the nursing program: 75%
  • Graduates obtaining a job:
    • Graduate Job Placement Rates, 2018:  92% of respondents, 6-12 months post-graduation were employed as an RN.

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