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Practical Nursing (PN)

  • (Downtown Campus & Carrollton Campus)
  • ALERT! This Program guide is UPDATED each semester.
  • Please check the nursing web page for updates.


The Practical Nursing (PN) Program of Jefferson Community and Technical College (Jefferson Community and Technical College) is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN). Upon completion of the program of study, the graduate is awarded a diploma of practical nursing and is eligible to write the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX – PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Practical Nursing Programs at Two Locations:

The Practical Nursing Program is taught on the following separate campuses:

  • Downtown Campus:
    • Mailing address, 109 East Broadway, Louisville KY 40202
    • Health Science Hall, room 442
    • Physical address:  110 W Chestnut Street, Louisville KY 40202
  • Carrollton Campus:
    • Physical address: 1607 US HWY 227, Carrollton, KY 41008;
  • Applications are mailed or submitted to the Downtown Campus, Nursing Division Office.

Deadlines for submission of an application, for admission to the PN Program

  • April 20, for applying to the fall semester (classes beginning in August, ending in December)
  • September 30, for applying to the spring semester (classes beginning in January, ending in May)
  • Applications that are received early are very much appreciated.
  • Applications that are received late will only be reviewed after on-time applications are considered.

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:

  1. visual acuity, such as is needed in the preparation and administration of medications and for the observation required for patient assessment and nursing care;
  2. 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.;
  3. gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment required to meet health needs;
  4. 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; and,
  5. intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement care for individuals.

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

If you are not yet ready to apply to the Practical Nursing (PN) Program or if you have transcripts from another college to be evaluated, please see an advisor in the Advising Center and they will fill out an Academic Program Plan (APP) for you. 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, room 203 (Building B), (physical address is 622 S. First Street; however, the front of the building faces Second Street).

An Academic Program Plan (APP) is a form that lists all the classes you have taken towards the PN Program and it includes classes you may still need in order to be eligible for applying to the program. The APP shows your nursing GPA; however, it is the cumulative GPA that is looked at when selecting students to the PN Program. The cumulative GPA must be a minimum of 2.0 to be eligible to apply. If you already have an APP, please bring it with you to the preadmission’s conference.

To apply to the PN Program, it is mandatory to attend one of the pre-admission’s conferences. Registration for the preadmission conference is necessary in order to receive an Academic Program Plan (APP). You may submit an application first and then submit an APP later as long as they are submitted by the application deadline. If you register at least one week before the preadmission’s conference date, an advisors will fill out an APP and have it available for you at the conference. Otherwise, you will receive your APP after the conference, within one week of registration. If you are unable to register for the conference, it is generally because you have not applied to the college or you have sat out a semester; therefore, please go to and select the “Start Your Application” link, and follow the instructions.

To register for the preadmission’s conference, please go to or copy and paste the link into your web browser. You only need to attend one preadmission’s conference and please be on time.

These are the dates that will show up on the registration link, for you to choose from.

Downtown Campus conferences begin promptly at 3:00 and generally end around 4:00 PM, Thursdays in the Health Sciences Hall (HSH), Building A-South, room 253 (turn left off elevator), and physical address is 110 W Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY  40202.

  • January 23, 2020
  • February 20, 2020
  • March 26, 2020
  • April, 16, 2020

Submission of PN Application - Instructions:

The following information must be submitted when applying:

  • Application form filled out completely.
  • Unofficial copies of all transcripts, including courses from any KCTCS campus
  • Verification of Kentucky State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA).
  • Academic Program Plan (APP), which can be obtained by registering a minimum of one week prior to attending one of the mandatory Preadmission Conferences or by going to the Advising Center.

Mailing Address (for applications to both Downtown or Carrollton campuses):

Evelyn Lichtsteiner
Jefferson Community and Technical College
109 East Broadway
Health Science Hall, Room 442 – PN Application
Louisville, KY 40202

or Hand deliver to this Physical Address:

Evelyn Lichtsteiner Nursing Division Office
110 West Chestnut Street
Health Sciences Hall, Room 442 ( Building A-South)
Louisville, KY 40202

All required documents may also be scanned & emailed to An email reply from Evelyn confirms receipt of application. It does not confirm application is complete or all requirements have been met.

Notification of Admission’s Status:

  • Applicants will be notified by email of their admission status to the program, during May or early June when applying for the fall semester and during October or early November when applying for the spring semester. Admission status will not be given to applicants by phone. You should contact the Nursing Division Office any time after June 15th for Fall admissions or November 15th for spring admission, but only if you have not received an email notification of your admission status. Emails or phone messages asking about your admission status before June 15th and November 15th, will not be replied to, as we may not have the information before those dates.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the PN Program in writing or email, of any change in contact information on the application. Email to

Tuition & Costs, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Loans, etc.:

  • Tuition & Costs, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Loan information
  • In addition to tuition, books, uniforms, skills kits and items required in the clinical area, nursing students are responsible for transportation to the various health agencies for their clinical dates. Jefferson Community and Technical College students can ride TARC with a pass from the library; however, you must arrive on time at the clinical site.
  • A liability insurance fee of $11.00 will be posted to student’s financial accounts, each semester that they are enrolled into a Practical Nursing class that has a clinical component.


  1. High School Graduate or Equivalent
  2. Digital Computer Literacy or IC3-Fast Track challenge exam with a minimum score of 750.
  3. State certification from Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN), for State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA). Can be obtained by taking NAA 100 or HST 104. (HST 104 course includes CPR certification)
  4. BIO 137-Anatomy & Physiology I. Only take BIO 137 if not taking BIO 135. BIO 135 does not transfer to A.D.N. (see A)
    1. For students interested in bridging to the Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) Program, instead of taking PN co-requisites BIO 135 & TEC 200, COM 252, or COM 181, take the following: BIO 137 and BIO 139, also, ENG 101, which transfer to A.D.N.
    2. BIO 135 or BIO 137 & BIO 139 must be taken within 10 years of the semester of application to the PN program, with a grade of C or higher.
    3. Co-requisites (general education/non-NPN classes) are taken during the designated semester listed in the Curriculum below or may be taken before enrollment into the PN program. Students are given preference for admission by having all pre-requisites and co-requisites completed by the application deadline.


  • (Downtown and Carrollton Campus)
  • Program Courses and General Education Corequisite Courses
  • To progress through the program, students must earn a grade of C or higher in each of the following courses.
  • PN Program courses are bolded General Education Co-requisite classes are in italics.
  • We highly recommend taking general education co-requisite courses prior to being enrolled into the PN Program.

First Semester

  • (for Carrollton Campus, 1st Semester is always in the Fall Semester)
 Class name and number   Credit Hours 
NPN 100 - Introduction to Nursing and the Health Care System 2
NPN 105 - Development of the Care Giver Role 6
NPN 110 - Pharmacology I* 2
NPN 125 - Mental Health 3
Total: 13
BIO 135 - Basic Anatomy & Physiology or BIO 139-A & P II (& having completed prerequisite BIO 137) 4

Second Semester

  • (for Carrollton Campus 2nd semester is always in the Spring Semester)
 Class name and number    Credit Hours 
 NPN 201 - Child Bearing Family  3
 NPN 130 - Pharmacology II ** 3
 NPN 135 - Introductions to Health Deviations ** & ***** 6
 Total:  12

Third Semester

  • (for Carrollton Campus 3rd semester is always in the Summer Semester)
 Class name and number    Credit Hours 
NPN 200 - Medical-Surgical Nursing I *** 5
NPN 205 - Medical-Surgical Nursing II **** 5
NPN 210 - Clinical Practicum **** & ****** 4
NPN 215 - Nursing Trends and Issues 1
Total: 15
  • ENG 101 - Writing I OR COM 252 - Intro to Interpersonal Communication OR COM 181 - Basic Public Speaking OR TEC 200 - Technical Communications (3)
  • Total Credit Hours for the Program (NPN and Co-requisites) = 47
  • * Failure of NPN 110 will necessitate the student to withdraw from NPN 125.
  • ** Failure of NPN 130 will necessitate the student to withdraw from NPN 135 and NPN 201, due to the inability of the student to meet the clinical requirement of administering medications to patients.
  • *** Failure in NPN 200 necessitates the student to withdraw from NPN 205 & 210.
  • **** Failure in NPN 205 necessitated the student to withdraw from NPN 210.
  • ***** Students will complete a mid-curricular exam as part of the course grade. Information will be given at the start of NPN 135.
  • ****** Students will be required to successfully complete a standardized examination that is comprehensive of the entire curriculum during this course. The exam will count as a portion of the course grade. The purpose of the examination is to assist with identification of areas of deficiency that the student should correct through remediation prior to sitting for the NCLEX-PN. Further information concerning this examination will be given during the orientation to the course.

Program Requirements for Admission:

Students seeking admission to the Practical Nursing (PN) Program must submit and/or meet the following:

  1. Submit an application form for admission to the PN Program.
  2. 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 active. If you are currently enrolled at another KCTCS college, transfer of your Home Campus to Jefferson Community and Technical College must be done AFTER the current semester grades are posted.
  3. Submit an official high school transcript indicating that the applicant has or will complete the high school course of study, or a passing GED official score report to the Admission’s Office. This documentation is only required if you have not completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of any college level courses.
  4. Submit unofficial transcripts of post-secondary work completed at any institution of higher education along with your application to the PN Program. Also, an official transcript of course work completed at another institution should be sent to the college Registrar’s Office if you have not already done so. To be eligible for transfer credit, the course work must have been completed at an accredited institution, the transcript must be evaluated by the college and the course accepted as replacement of a required course. Acceptance of general education courses is determined by the college Registrar’s office.
    1. If a general education course does not have an equivalent transfer credit, please submit a copy of the course descriptions of completed courses from the catalog of the college from which the student wishes to transfer. Determination of equivalency for nursing courses will be decided by the PN Program Coordinator.
    2. The course description must indicate the semester and year that the course was taken. Only transfer credits towards the PN program need a course description.
  5. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 on all college work.
  6. Course work to be applied toward the PN diploma must show a grade of C or higher on transcripts.
  7. BIO 135 or BIO 137 and BIO 139 must be taken within 10 years of the semester of application to the PN program.
  8. All applicants will have to provide proof of digital computer literacy. This requirement can be met by completing CIT 105, OST 105 or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher.
    • Or students may take IC3-Fast Track computer challenge exam with a minimum score of 750 (75%). This exam can be purchased in the Jefferson Community and Technical College Barnes and Noble Bookstore located in the Hartford Hall, building C, at 649 South 1st Street, in the lower level. You will receive a payment voucher that includes a code. To schedule the exam, take the voucher to Jefferson Community and Technical College Assessment Center, located in the Library at 622 S FIRST street; however, the front entrance faces SECOND Street, (building B, 2nd floor, room 215).
  9. Applicants must provide documentation of their Kentucky State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) licensure status. Commonly referred to as Medicaid Nurse Aide (M.N.A.). Completing the nurse aide course (with course testing) does not constitute state certification. Students must successfully complete the state certification exam in order to be placed on the state registry. Posting of state registry can take up to 30 days after the state certification exam. Validation from the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) web site, also states that the applicant is not on the abuse registry. Verification or your SRNA license can be found on the KBN website at:
    1. If an applicant has already tested and is awaiting inclusion on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry at the time that the application to the PN Program is due, that student must include a statement of when the Nurse Aide testing was completed along with the application to the PN Program. Then documentation of proof of certification with inclusion on the Registry must be submitted one week prior to the 1st day of class. Test scores will not be accepted.
    2. State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) training. Both of the following classes offer training to prepare you to take the state certification exam, in order to be on the Kentucky Board of Nursing’s Nurse Aide registry.
      • NAA 100-Nurse Assistant Skills IHST 104-Healthcare Basic Skills Clinical (this course also offers BLS/CPR training within the course)
    3. If you have your SRNA license from another state besides Kentucky, go to this KBN web site for instruction to have it transferred to Kentucky

Preference for admission may be given to those applicants who:

  1. are veterans, active duty personnel, their spouses, and also displaced workers who qualify under the Trade Adjustment Act;
  2. have completed 12 or more credit hours in the Practical Nursing approved curriculum from an accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher;
  3. have completed all general education pre-requisite and general education co-requisite classes;
  4. achieve Assessment and Placement entry level scores to allow placement for college level courses (not scores as still needing developmental level courses); and,
  5. demonstrate above average standing in high school or on the General Education Development (GED) exam.

Admission Policy for the PN Program:

  • Admission to the PN Program is by selective admission. The application process to the program is open to all qualified students. A Selective Admission’s Committee reviews application files.
  • Meeting the minimum requirements permits students to be included in the qualified applicant’s pool, but does not guarantee admission into the Practical Nursing Program. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered in the applicant pool for admission.

Transferring from another Practical Nursing Program:

Applicants who have completed at least one semester of another Practical Nursing Program within KCTCS that teaches the same curriculum plan must:

  • Meet all admission requirements of the PN program in effect at the time of application;
  • Notify the Jefferson Community and Technical College’s PN Program Coordinator in writing of request to transfer, the course to which they are seeking admission and the reason for the transfer;
  • Submit unofficial copies of their transcript;
  • Apply for the criminal background check and take the drug screen by the deadlines listed in the letter granting approval to transfer; and,
  • Submit the Immunization and Physical Examination verification form by the deadline indicated in the letter granting approval to transfer.

Students who have attended a Practical Nursing Program that is not a member of KCTCS must meet the above listed criteria and additionally submit a copy of the course descriptions of completed courses from the catalog of the college from which the student wishes to transfer 2 months prior to the application deadline. Determination of equivalency for nursing courses will be decided by the PN Program Coordinator. Acceptance of general education courses is determined by Jefferson Community and Technical College Registrar’s office.

Students who have been granted approval to transfer, will be required to attend the mandatory orientation for students who have been newly admitted to the PN Program. Orientation is held at the Downtown Campus and Carrollton Campus one day during the week before the start of classes for the semester. Detailed information will be included in the students’ letter of acceptance to the PN Program, which is sent by email.

If more than three (3) years have elapsed since initial enrollment in the first nursing course in any Practical Nursing Program, the applicant must repeat all nursing courses at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

Requirements following admission:

Detailed information to create an account with CastleBranch (using a specific code) will be included in the students’ letter of acceptance to the PN Program. Total cost through CastleBranch for items 1 and 2 below, is $91.20

  1. Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening (cost $66.20 through CastleBranch):
    • Completion of criminal background check (instructions and a deadline date will be specified in the students’ letter of acceptance to the PN 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 PN Program, which is sent by email).
    • Failure to comply by the specified deadlines may result in the student’s removal from the class roster.
  2. Immunization Requirements and Physical Assessment (one-time fee of $25.00 to upload verification to CastleBranch, account belongs to student for life) Once the student is admitted to the program, they must submit a School Physical 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.
    • 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 7 to 21 days) This means not 1 day sooner than 7 days & not 1 day later than 21 days.
    • TETANUS, DIPHTHERIA and PERTUSSIS (Tdap), every 10 years.
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox): series of 2 doses, 4 weeks apart or results of a Varicella titer, with verification of immunity (positive result), is required. This must be completed one week prior to the first day of class; therefore, please plan accordingly.
    • 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). The student may attend clinical once the series is started with the first dose; therefore, all 3 doses do not need to be completed one week prior to the first day of class; however, you must have started the first dose.
    • Physical Assessment on Jefferson’s form, signed by a licensed healthcare provider.
  3. Basic Life Support (BLS) / 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 CPR certification is included within the HST 104 course. HST 104 is a training course for Medicaid Nurse Aide.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to maintain current on BLS/CPR certification and updated annual TB skin testing. And students must keep copies of these with them during class and clinical times. No student may attend clinical orientation if above items are not current.
  4. Students are required to view Medcom Trainex videos on HIPAA, OSHA/Infection Control, & Professionalism.
  5. Orientation & Workshop (Mandatory):
    • Attendance at the orientation is required, as vital information concerning the program is distributed. Failure to attend will result in the student’s removal from the class roster, unless documentation of an emergency situation is presented to the PN Program Coordinator prior to the date of orientation. Examples of such events include; life threatening illness of the student or immediate family member, death of an immediate family member, etc. Orientation and workshop are held at the Downtown Campus and Carrollton Campus one day, during the week before the start of classes for the semester. The specific date and additional details will be included in the students’ letter of acceptance to the PN Program, which is sent by email to the student’s KCTCS email address. If your KCTCS email is not active, please apply to the college again.

Requirements Following Graduation:

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Requirements: This process will be reviewed during the third semester of the PN program. Graduates of nursing programs must complete a computerized jurisprudence exam prior to being licensed. A study guide is available on the KBN website, in order for graduates to prepare. Additionally, KBN may deny a nursing graduate the right to take the NCLEX- PN (licensing examination to become a licensed practical nurse) if an individual has ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony that involved acts that bear directly on the qualifications or the ability of the graduate to practice nursing. In addition to meeting the program’s academic requirements, graduates must conform to this requirement in order to be licensed as a practical nurse in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Information concerning the application process for licensure is disseminated in a special meeting prior to graduation from the program.

Additionally, KBN requires that students complete a minimum of 120 contact hours of patient care within the third semester of the PN program’s curriculum. Students who delay taking a required general education course until the final semester of the program and who subsequently fail that course, will need to apply for readmission to the PN Program and repeat NPN 210 (practicum) before becoming eligible to sit for the licensing exam.