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Associate Degree Nursing

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What Is Nursing?

It's one of the most in-demand jobs in the U.S. Hospitals are struggling to fill vacant positions in the ever-expanding healthcare world. The Associate Degree of Nursing program will prepare you to work in hospitals, clinics, and more. Many graduates will pursue a Bachelor's Degree program at a partnering college.

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

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


Length of Program

The length of the Associate Degree Nursing program, including general education courses, is five full-time semesters.

  • Graduates’ success on the licensure and/or certification examination:
    • 2020: 96%
  • Students’ completion of the nursing program: 63%
  • Graduates obtaining a job:
    • Graduate Job Placement Rates, 2020: 99% of respondents, 6-12 months post-graduation were employed as an RN.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

How do I apply?

The HESI A2 Entrance Exam is a computerized test that can include up to seven academic exam sections, as well as a personality profile that identifies the applicant's learning style and is required for selective admission.  All sections must be taken on the same assigned date and the cumulative time limit is 3.5 hours.  The cost of the exam is approximately $58, subject to change without notice.  Each question has a different point value, so it is to your advantage to answer every question.

Please be aware that the last exam date before the admission deadline is April 12.

  1. Register as a student on Evolve
    1. Go to Elsevier
    2. Click on I’m a student
    3. Click on Sign-In in the upper right-hand corner
      • (If you already have an account, skip to Step 3 after login)
    4. If you are a new student, click on Create Account and fill in required fields
    5. Click Submit
  2. Register for HESI Testing Payment Link
    1. On bottom of main page – Click on Register for Results and Remediation
    2. You should see HESI Assessment HESI Registration
    3. Click on Register
    4. Click on Check out/Redeem
  3. Make a testing payment
    1. Click on the My Evolve at the top of the screen 
    2. Click on HESI Assessment Student Access
    3. Click on Payments tab
    4. If taking the exam for the 1st time, use payment ID: 23973
    5. For re-testing: contact
    6. For testing with the Access*Ability Resource Center (ARC) contact 
      Then the numbered instructions should continue below as they were. Thank you and please let us know if you need more information or have questions. There are also a few screenshots to assist if needed. 
  4. After you have completed the Checkout process, please click one of the links below to select your exam date.


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

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