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Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.)

Admission Information for Fall 2022

  • Application Deadline:
    • April 15 for Fall Application
    • September 25 for Spring Application

ALERT! This Program guide is UPDATED each semester.

The information within this document contains the official Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) admission and curriculum policies, as well as procedures for application. It is the student’s responsibility to keep updated on any program changes posted on the nursing website.

Associate Degree Nursing Programs at Two Locations:
Downtown Campus (Daytime Program)

Physical Address: 110 W Chestnut Street, Building A-South, Room 442, Louisville, KY 40202

NEW: Shelby County Area Technology Center

Physical Address: 230 Rocket Ln, Shelbyville, KY 40065 (Hybrid, Evening and Weekends program)

STEPS to Apply to the College and the Associate Degree Nursing Program

1.  Applying to the college: An applicant’s first step is to apply to the college. Applying to the college is a separate process from applying to the program. You can apply to the college online and select the “Apply” link, then follow the directions from there. When selecting a major, use either Health Sciences Technology or Associates in Applied Sciences. Once you are accepted & enrolled into the A.D.N. Program, we will change your major to Nursing.  If you are a student that has not taken any classes for one or more semesters, you must apply to the college again, in order to be eligible for enrollment and for your KCTCS email account to be activated.  If you are currently enrolled at another KCTCS college, transfer of your Home Campus to Jefferson Community & Technical College must be done AFTER the current semester grades are posted. 

2.  Preadmissions Conferences (MANDATORY to attend one): It is necessary to attend a preadmission’s conference in order to receive an application to the program within 48 hours of having attended a conference.  It is important that you register no later than 8:00 am on the day of the conference and use an active email address. You also need a student ID; therefore, if you do not have one, please apply to the college first.  It is necessary to remain for the entire session.  If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will have to register for another conference.  

Only students who are ready to apply to the Nursing program should attend one of the mandatory preadmission’s conferences. YYou must attend a Preadmission’s Conference within six months of the application deadline.  If you are not yet ready to apply to the A.D.N. Program or if you have transcripts from another college to be evaluated, please see an advisor in the Advising Center and they will let you know which classes will transfer, that are required for the nursing program.  However, it is ultimately the Admission’s Office that approves transfer credits. The Advising Center office hours are posted on their web page.  Appointments with the advisors can be made by emailing to The Advising Center is located in the John T. Smith Library, Building B, room 215, (physical address is: 622 S. First Street; however, the front of the building faces Second Street).   

To register for the conference, and apply to the Downtown Campus. Please select Pre-Admission Conference Downtown.

You only need to attend one preadmission’s conference and please be on time.No late entrance to the session.

  • Downtown Campus only, Tuesdays at 4:00 pm, includes if you are an LPN or going to be by 6/30/2022.
  • January 25, 2022, February 15, 2022, March 22, 2022, April 12, 2022

To register for the conference, and apply to the Shelby County Campus. Please select Pre-Admission Converence Shelby.

  • Shelby Campus only, Thursdays at 6:00 PM, includes if you are an LPN or going to be by 6/30/2022.
  • February 10, 2022, March 10, 2022 and on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 5:30 PM

3. An Academic Program Plan (APP) is a form that lists all the classes you have taken towards the A.D.N. program. The APP shows your nursing GPA, which must be a minimum of 2.75 to be eligible to apply. You should receive a signed Academic Program Plan (APP) from your advisor. Students will need to submit the APP to the nursing staff for their application file.

5. Complete all prerequisite courses: See Info

Applying for the Associate Degree Nursing Program

Deadlines for submission of an application, for admission to the A.D.N. Program

  • September 25 for applying to the following spring semester (classes beginning in January, ending in May)
  • April 15 for applying to the fall semester (classes beginning in August, ending in December)

Applications that are received early are very much appreciated.

Applications that are received late will only be reviewed after on-time applications are considered.

Who Can Apply:

Admission to the program is open to all qualified students.  Students seeking entry to the Jefferson Community and Technical College (Jefferson Community & Technical College) Associate Degree Nursing Program (A.D.N.) must submit a completed application, with copies of all supporting documents attached. (Applications are made available only at the mandatory preadmission conferences).

Required Psychomotor Functions:

Nursing at the technical level involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions.  Therefore, in order to be considered for admission or to be retained in the program after admission, all applicants should possess sufficient:

  • Visual acuity such as needed in the accurate preparation and administration of medications and for the observation necessary for client assessment and nursing care.
  • Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as monitors, stethoscopes, intravenous infusion pumps, Doppler’s, fire alarms, etc.
  • Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, required in meeting health needs.
  • Communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the individual’s interest.
  • Intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement care for individuals.

Rank Order for Criteria of Acceptance

Ranking for admissions would be based on total points from this chart, 32 points maximum.

Admission Criteria      
Nursing Course GPA 1 pt 2.75 2 pts 3.0 3 pts 3.5
HESI Entrance Exam

1 pt

Must meet 75% in each category:




2 pts

Must meet 80% in each category

3 pts 

Must meet 90% in each category


  • Nurse Aid
  • Math
  • Bio 137
  • Psy 110

1 pt for each course completed prior to application deadline

(4 pts max)



  • Eng 101
  • BIO 139
  • BIO 225
  • Humanities

1 pt for each course completed prior to application deadline

(4 pts max)


Grades in science courses

  • BIO 137
  • BIO 139
  • BIO 225 

5 pts – A

3 pts – B

(15 pts max)

**course points awarded for the initial attempt only


Previous Degree

1 pt Associate

2 pts Bachelors or higher  

Meeting the minimum requirements allows students to be included in the qualified applicant pool, but does not guarantee admission.

Regular Admission Status

Students applying for admission to Jefferson Community & Technical College Associate Degree Nursing Program must submit proof, with the application, of the following minimum criteria to qualify for the applicant pool:

  • Validation/documentation of Kentucky Board of Nursing State Nurse Aide Registry (SRNA) licensure. License must be posted on KBN’s web site by last day of spring or fall finals. Recommend keeping SRNA current throughout the nursing program in case of need to apply for readmission.
    • Or Health Science Technology - HST 104-Basic Skills I Clinical with a grade of C or higher. (The HST 104 course includes CPR certification). If taking HST 104, it is not required to take the state board exam, unless you want to work as a Nurse Aide.
  • Completion of all Pre-Application Requirements.
  • Must have a minimum of 2.75 nursing GPA (not cumulative GPA).

Priority Admission Status

Same requirement as above for Regular Admission and the following:

  • To qualify for ‘priority admission status’ applicants must have completed all pre-application requirements and all co-requisite General Education courses with at least a 3.0 Nursing GPA, at the time an application is submitted.
  • All requirements must be complete at the time of application and required documentation submitted along with the application.

Notification of application status to students will be made by email, using the student’s KCTCS email addresses and/or Personal email address; no information will be given over the phone or to a student in the Nursing Division Office.  Notification of the status of an application may be emailed up to one month before the beginning of the semester, depending on the applicant pool, program resources, and meeting dates of the Selective Admissions Committee.  Generally, students will be notified the last week of May for fall semester application and the last week of October, for the following year’s spring semester’s application.

Degree Obtained:

The Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) is awarded upon successful completion of the program.  Upon completion, the graduate is eligible to take the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse.


Jefferson Community & Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), (404)679-4500.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is further 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.

The A.D.N. Program also meets the regulations of the Kentucky Board of Nursing.  

Discrimination Statement:
Jefferson Community and Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex or handicap in employment, educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

NCLEX Pass Rate available at, 2020 is at 96%

Job Placement Rates: : 2020, 99% or respondents, 6-12 months post-graduation were employed as an RN.

Pre-Application Requirements

  • Attend a preadmission’s conference
  • State certification:
    • from Kentucky Board of Nursing for State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) or HST 104 Basic Skills Clinical (HST 104 course includes CPR certification).
  • BIO 137: Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credit hours),
    • Anatomy&Physiology I (4 credit hours), completed within 10 years of semester admitted to A.D.N. program, with a grade of C or better. Transfer credit from another college must include a lab, approved by the A.D.N. Program Coordinator. 
  • PSY 110: General Psychology (3 credit hours) or equivalent.
  • Math at an AA or AS Quantitative Reasoning or higher (such as MAT 146 or MAT 150):
    • grade of C or better.

For a “regular admission,” this curriculum plan will be followed for a full-time student.

Program Courses and Co-Requisite Courses

First Semester

  • NRS 101 - Nursing Care I (9 credit hours)
    • *BIO 139: Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credit hours), within 10 years, Grade of C or better

Second Semester

  • NRS 102 - Nursing Care II (10 credit hours)
    • *ENG 101:  Writing I (3 credit hours)

LPN – A.D.N. Transition

NRS 200 – LPN-A.D.N. Transition (3 credit hours) – Pre-requisites: BIO 137 & 139 with grade of C or better, ENG 101, PSY 110, Math at quantitative Reasoning Course at AA/AS Level with grade of C or better.

Third Semester

  • NRS 203 - Nursing Three (9 credit hours)
    • *BIO 225: Medical Microbiology (4 credit hours), within 10 years, Grade of C or better

Fourth Semester

  • NRS 204 - Nursing Four (10 credit hours)
    • *Heritage/Humanities (3 credit hours)

*Co-requisite General Education Courses

If general education and co-requisites classes, (in italics above), are not completed prior to applying to the Nursing Program, these courses must be taken before or along with the semester under which the class is listed.  Applicants are highly encouraged to complete as many as possible (especially biology courses, which must be taken in sequence) before entering nursing classes or during the summer semester, if it falls prior to the semester the classes are required. All General Education courses have online options available, but KCTCS biology class sizes are very limited and fill up quickly.  Students can be enrolled in pre-requisites in the Fall semester and still be eligible to apply for the following Spring semester.  Students can be enrolled in pre-requisites in the Spring semester, but not Summer semesters and still be eligible to apply for Fall semester.

In order to qualify for Priority Admission status, all pre-application requirements and all co-requisite coursework must be completed with the grades posted to your transcript by the application deadline. Your Nursing GPA must be a minimum of 3.0


Students requesting to transfer into the Jefferson Community & Technical College Associate Degree Nursing Program from another nursing program, including credit for previous nursing coursework, must provide proof of passing grades in all previously attempted nursing courses, (passing grade as established by the nursing program where the grade was earned).  Applicants previously admitted to another nursing program, and who have earned a failing grade in any nursing course will not be accepted for admission into the A.D.N. program at Jefferson Community & Technical College.  However, you may apply as a new student starting at the beginning of the A.D.N. program.  Potential candidates must meet all admission requirements of the Jefferson Community & Technical College A.D.N. Nursing Program as outlined in this Program Guide.  If it has been more than three years since initial enrollment in the first nursing course in any registered nursing program, an applicant must repeat all nursing courses.

Beginning summer 2015, Jefferson Community and Technical College will no longer conditionally admit transfer students; students will be required to submit ALL official, postsecondary transcripts to the Admission’s Office prior to enrollment at Jefferson Community and Technical College.  Jefferson Community & Technical College will require official transcripts even if the student does not plan to use the coursework to satisfy the requirements for the Nursing Degree for the Nursing Program.  Prospective students must also submit an online application to the College.  Applying to the college is a separate process from applying for the Nursing Program.


Three months prior to the expected date of enrollment:

  1. Potential candidates must provide a written letter stating the reason for transfer, and anticipated placement within the program.
  2. Proof of regional academic accreditation of any college(s) previously attended for which the student is requesting transfer credit.  (Credit from proprietary, non-regionally accredited schools is not eligible for transfer credit.)
  3. Informal/unofficial transcripts from all previously attended colleges.
  4. At least two months prior to the anticipated entry date:
    • Submit a Nursing Transfer Admission Packet, which includes:
      • From the previous nursing program: overall nursing program curriculum plus individual course objectives, course outlines, syllabi, and skills/competency list from all nursing courses completed at the previous nursing program. Please note that there is no standard curriculum for nursing programs or nursing courses, so this information is crucial to establish compatibility of the previous nursing courses with those of Jefferson and to determine how much, if any, nursing course credit can be granted to the student.
  5. At least two letters of recommendation from the previously attended nursing program. The letters must be signed, dated, and printed on the school letterhead; one from the Nursing Program Director and one from a recent Clinical Instructor, indicating that the student is in good academic and financial standing. These may be emailed directly to:

  6. Acceptance of any Transfer Student will be dependent upon available resources, comparability of previous nursing courses, vacancy in the receiving course.  

  7. Proof of being on the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) State Registry as a Nurse Aide (SRNA). Recommend keeping SRNA current throughout the nursing program in case of need to apply for readmission.


(Upon acceptance into the A.D.N. Program)

Once an applicant is accepted into the Nursing Program, official copies of all previous transcripts, must be requested by the student from the original school and sent, unopened, to the Jefferson Community & Technical College Admission’s Office.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all previous transcripts are on file with the Registrar at Jefferson Community & Technical College. (Please DO NOT send official copies of transcripts to the Nursing Office; once they are opened by anyone other than the Admission’s Office, they are no longer official and will have to be resent.)

Mandatory Orientation All students that are accepted to the A.D.N. Program are required to attend orientation, which is held one day, the week prior to the start of classes. Students will be notified of the specific date in their letters of acceptance, which are emailed to their KCTCS and personal email addresses.

Immunization and Physical Examination Requirements will be due upon admission of submitting an application:

This is a one-time fee of $25.00 and the account belongs to the student for life, which is used to track verification of Immunizations and additional documentation such as CPR certification. Documentation is uploaded to CastleBranch.

Once the student is admitted to the program, they must submit a Physical Examination form and verification of immunizations, which must be signed by the health care provider.  Do not submit immunization records to the nursing office with your application; they will not be processed by the Nursing Division Office.  They will be uploaded to CastleBranch by the student.

  • Influenza during flu season, between August 1st and October 1st; documentation of vaccination will be required by October 15th each fall semester or upon entry into the program in the spring semester
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
  • TB (Tuberculosis) screening-Two-Step:  step one, vaccine given then read after 48-72 hours, step two, repeat step one between seven to twenty one days (not one day earlier and not one day later)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): series of 2 doses, 4 weeks apart or results of a Varicella titer, with verification of immunity (positive result). 
  • Hepatitis B vaccination (series of 3 doses, 2nd dose due one month after 1st dose; 3rd dose is due approximately 5 months after 2nd dose).  Or (series of 2 doses of Hepsaliv-B given at least 4 weeks apart).  The student may attend clinical once the series is started with the first dose.
  • Physical Assessment on Jefferson Community & Technical College’s form (will be on page 3 of the immunization packet when notified of acceptance).
  • COVID release and COVID Vaccine requirement.

Criminal Background Check (BC) and Drug Screening (DS)

There are specific codes that must be used with CastleBranch and they will be given to students when they are accepted.  

All incoming nursing students will be required to complete a national Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening according to the Allied Health & Nursing Division Policy and Procedures.  The policy and directions for this procedure will be supplied in the acceptance packet, for admission.  Failure to comply with this requirement by the designated deadline may result in dismissal from the Program.

The cost is $61.20 through CastleBranch, a background screening and compliance tracking solutions company.

  • Completion of criminal background check (instructions and a deadline date will be specified in the students’ letter of acceptance to the Program, which is sent by email). If clinical placement is not possible due to a criminal record, the Program Coordinator will notify the student by email and the student will be permitted to withdraw rather than failing the course due to the inability to fulfill course requirements.
  • Completion of required drug screen (instructions and deadline will be specified in the students’ letter of acceptance to the Program, which is sent by email).
  • Failure to comply by the specified deadlines may result in the student’s removal from the class roster.

CPR certification.

The only two levels of CPR accepted are from American Heart Association (Healthcare/BLS Provider) or the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer).  Please note that HST 104 course includes CPR certification.  

Costs/Financial Information

The fee schedule may be found in the Kentucky Community and Technical College catalog.  In addition to tuition, nursing students are responsible for associated costs such as transportation to clinical sites, payment for liability insurance, books, internet access, software /electronic access to class resources, national computerized exams, lab kits and uniforms.  Nursing students must have access to a laptop and to the internet.  Coursework cannot be managed using only a Smartphone or tablet.  Students are responsible for maintaining acceptable financial standing to remain in nursing classes.  Nursing faculty or staff cannot negotiate with the Financial Aid office on behalf of any student. 

Computer Requirements:  Examplify: Minimum System Requirements

MSRs for Windows, Mac, and iPad

Students and exam-takers downloading the test-taking software, Examplify, should review these Minimum System Requirements (MSRs) to ensure their devices are supported. Examplify works with most modern computers, both Mac and Windows operating systems. Examplify will not run on Chromebooks, Android, or Linux operating systems. We currently support two versions of Examplify. If you’re unsure which version of Examplify you currently have, Windows users can see this help article and Mac users can use this help article.

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Requirements

The Kentucky Board of Nursing reserves the right to deny a nursing graduate the right to take the NCLEX-RN (licensing examination to become a Registered Nurse) if an individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony that involved acts bearing directly on the qualifications or the ability of the graduate to practice nursing. These are listed on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website. Questions about prior convictions should be directed to KBN.

Contact Information for Nursing:
Phone:  502-213-2440