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Program Guide

Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) Admission Information

LPN to A.D.N. BRIDGE Course SUMMER 2021

  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

ALERT! This program guide is UPDATED annually. Please check the nursing web page for updates.

The information within this document contains the official Associate Degree Nursing admission and curriculum policies and procedures effective for the academic year 2020 - 2021. It is the student’s responsibility to keep updated on any program changes.

Degree Obtained

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

Who Can Apply?

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

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.

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 to meet 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.

NCLEX Pass Rate available at 2020 is at 96%

Job Placement Rates: 2020, 98% of respondents, 6-12 months post-graduation were employed as an RN.

Advising Center

  • Location: John T. Smith Library, room 215 (Building B)
  • Email:
  • Physical Address:  622 S. First Street (however, the front of the building is facing 2nd Street)

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

Mandatory Preadmission’s Conference, Academic Program Plan, Advising Center

  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 by going to and select the “Start Your Application” link, then follow the directions from there.  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 JCTC must be done AFTER the current semester grades are posted.
  2. Information Session:  Informal pre-nursing information sessions are held by the nursing faculty.  Preregistration is not necessary.  These sessions are not a replacement for the mandatory preadmission conference listed below.  These are recommended for students wanting general information about the JCTC ADN program, prerequisite courses to take and how to best prepare for admission.  Sessions generally end within 2 hours and are held virtually through Teams Meeting.  Please check the Nursing web page for login information:  Additional dates, if any, will be posted on the nursing webpage.
  3. Preadmission conferences (MANDATORY to attend one): It is necessary to attend a preadmission’s conference in order to receive an application to the program.  The conferences are held virtually through a Teams Meeting; therefore, it is important that you register using an active email address and be sure to list it correctly.  Students that register will be sent an email with login information for the virtual conference two days before the conference date and again the morning of the conference date.  You must 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. You 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).

Registration for the preadmission conference is necessary in order to receive a signed Academic Program Plan (APP) to include with your Nursing application. Advisors fill out an APP within one week of registration to the conference. This means you could receive your APP after the conference, due to the later registration. If you are unable to register, it is generally because you have not applied to the college; therefore, please complete step #1 and then register for a preadmission’s conference.

Register for the preadmission conference.

There is no confirmation of having registered, so be sure to make a note of the date.  The conferences are held virtually through Teams Meetings and you will be sent login link one day before the conference date and again on the morning of the conference date; therefore, be sure to enter your email address correctly.

You only need to attend one preadmission’s conference and please login on time and you must remain for the entire session.  If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will need to register for another conference.

    • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:30 pm

These are the only conference times available for the Summer Bridge Program 2021.

More conference information will posted later in the Fall for the Summer Bridge Program 2022.

  1. An Academic Program Plan (APP) is a form that lists all the classes you have taken towards the A.D.N. program and it includes classes you may still need in order to be eligible for applying to the A.D.N. program.  The APP shows your nursing GPA, which must be a minimum of 2.75 to be eligible to apply. Once you have attended a preadmission’s conference, you will receive a signed Academic Program Plan (APP) by email from one of our nursing faculty/advisors within 2-3 weeks.  It is not necessary to submit the APP with your application because the faculty will copy Shari Huston, who collects them along with your application.

  2. Complete all prerequisite courses

For a Licensed Practical Nurse to enter the Jefferson ADN Program

A Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) currently practicing and licensed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, has three options available for entering the Associate Degree Nursing program.  LPN’s must meet the same admission standards as all applicants to the nursing program with the following exception:  State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) certification (so you do not need to be a nurse aide).  In order to be eligible for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program, students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA on all general education pre-requisite and co-requisite classes completed.  All LPN’s seeking admission to the NSG 196 Summer Bridge must have completed all pre-requisite and co-requisite classes through NSG 206 as outlined in this Nursing Program Guide.  Selection of applicants is based on highest pre/co-requisite Nursing GPA.  

An LPN student admitted into a JCTC Associate Degree Nursing Program may be admitted into the ADN program through the following options:

KCTCS Rules of the Senate – Section VI. Appendix D.

  1. Articulation: (fall or spring semester only, Advanced Placement.)
    • A student, who has passed the National Council Licensure Examination-PN (NCLEX-PN) and holds an active unrestricted license for practical/vocational nursing, is awarded credit for the first semester nursing course (NSG 106) in a KCTCS Associate Degree Nursing Program.  The student will then complete the three remaining semesters of nursing (NSG 206, 236, & 246).  Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses who graduated more than three (3) years prior to admission to a KCTCS Associate Degree Nursing Program must also provide verification of current employment.  Current employment is defined as one (1) full year full-time employment as an LPN/LVN within the last three years.  The employment in nursing shall be defined as patient/client contact and shall be verified by the employing agency/agencies using the standardized verification of employment form.  The student must meet nursing admissions criteria as stated in the Rules of the Senate, Section IV.3.7.1 &, and be accepted into the nursing program for credit to be awarded.
  2. Campus-based Summer Bridge Course:
    • A student who has passed the National Council Licensure Examination-PN (NCLEX-PN), holds an active unrestricted license for practical/vocational nursing, and successfully completes Nursing LPN Summer Bridge Course (NSG 196, an abbreviated nursing course) is awarded credit for five (5) credit hours for Nursing LPN Summer Bridge Course (NSG 196) and four (4) credit hours for Nursing Two, for a total of nine (9) credit hours. The student is then admitted to Nursing Three.  The student will then complete the two remaining semesters of nursing (NSG 236 & 246).  
  3. LPNs may also choose to take the traditional route for completion, which involves taking the four (4) semesters of nursing classes (NSG 106, 206, 236, & 246).

LPN-to-A.D.N. Summer Semester Bridge Course (Campus-Based)

In order to be considered for the LPN Summer Bridge Course, candidates must have completed all courses below or equivalents from other colleges, with a GPA of 2.75 or greater and meet the Computer/Digital Literacy requirement for the College. Students with the highest GPA in these courses will be given priority for admission. Students must also attend one of the mandatory Preadmission’s Conference.

 Class name and number   Credit hours 
 BIO 137: Anatomy & Physiology I   4 credit hour - within 10 years, Grade of C or better
 BIO 139: Anatomy & Physiology II  4 credit hours - within 10 years, Grade of C or better
 ENG 101: Writing I  3 credit hours
 Math: Quantitative Reasoning at AA/AS level or higher (such as MAT 146 or MAT 150)   3 credit hours - Grade of C or better
 PSY 110: General Psychology  3 credit hours

Once an LPN is admitted to the Summer Bridge, their curriculum will be as follows:

    • NSG 196: LPN to A.D.N. Bridge (5 credit hours)
      • Classes generally meet on Thursdays & Fridays from 8:30am to 5:30pm from the first week of June through the last week of July.
    • HST 121: Pharmacology - online (2 credit hours).
      • By taking HST 121 along with NSG 196 in the summer semester, you qualify for financial aid, if applicable.
  • The NEXT SEMESTER (may be either fall semester following the Summer Bridge Course or the following spring semester due to limited space available in Nursing 236). Students who have completed all upper level general education co-requisites will be given priority for fall admission into the 3rd semester (NSG 236).
    • General Education Co-requisite* classes are in italics:
    • NSG 236: Nursing Three (9 credit hours)
    • *BIO 225: Medical Microbiology (4 credit hours), within 10 years, Grade of C or better.
    • NSG 246: Nursing Four (9 credit hours)
    • *Heritage / Humanities (3 credit hours)
  • *Co-requisites:
    • These classes (or equivalents) may be taken before entering the A.D.N. Program.
    • If not, they must be taken during the NSG class, which the co-requisite class is listed under.

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

Verification of Employment

LPN’s who graduated more than 3 years prior to application must provide verification of employment in direct patient care for at least one year in the past three years upon application.   See Employment Verification Form.

Criminal Background Checks & Drug Screening and uploading Compliance Tracker (through CastleBranch)

  • 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 check and drug screening.

  • 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.

Immunization and Physical Examination Requirements (clinical compliance tracker)

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 along 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 30th 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 (school physical) on JCTC’s form

Total cost for CastleBranch BC, DS, and uploading of documents is $86.20.  Detailed information regarding CastleBranch will be included in the students’ letter of acceptance to the A.D.N. Program, which is sent by email.  

Basic Life Support (BLS) / CPR certification The only two levels of CPR accepted are from American Heart Association (Healthcare/BSL Provider) or the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer). 

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 computer and to the internet.  Coursework cannot be managed using only a Smartphone.  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.  

Kentucky Board of Nursing Requirements

The JCTC ADN program meets all requirements set forth in the regulations pertaining to schools of Nursing by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN.) KBN 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. Applicants who have questions about this should call the KBN directly at 502-429-3300 or 1-800-305-2042. Other state boards of nursing have similar policies.


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, Georgia 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.  

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