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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.

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.

NLN testing services has launched a new website that will allow our institution to utilize remote proctoring. Please utilize the Student Guidebook, which has all system requirements, directions to complete the steps below with screenshots, information regarding user agreements and an FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions.Please be aware that the exam must be completed by April 13, 2021, at 4:00 PM.

  1. Create new account at
  2. Set up your password
  3. Login to the site again
  4. Click "Buy Exam"
  5. Select PAX Hyflex
  6. Pay with credit card (cost for exam and proctoring is approximately $55.00; subject to change without notice)
  7. Click on "My Assessments"
  8. Schedule proctoring appointment

You will receive an email with a student guide once you have registered.  The guide contains important information and steps for you to complete prior to the test date.  Therefore, please read the information immediately, because it may require you to obtain equipment that you do not have.


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

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree in nursing program is accredited. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at


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:
    • 2020: 96%
  • Students’ completion of the nursing program: 71%
  • Graduates obtaining a job:
    • Graduate Job Placement Rates, 2020: 99% of respondents, 6-12 months post-graduation were employed as an RN.

Program of Nursing Benchmarks (XLS)