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Practical Nursing (PN)

  • (Downtown Campus & Carrollton Campus)
  • ALERT! This Program guide is UPDATED each semester.
  • This guide is for students interested in applying to the program for FALL 2022 semester.

The deadline for PN Program applications is April 20, 2022, for the Fall 2022 semester that begins in August. Both campuses (Downtown and Carrollton) will admit for the Fall 2022 semester.

Practical Nursing Programs at Two Locations:

Due to the COVID-19 virus; there is a possibility that some or all of the classes might be held online.

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

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

  • September 30, for applying to the spring semester (classes beginning in January, ending in May)
  • April 20, 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.

What courses and certifications are needed to be admitted into the Practical Nursing program?

  1. High School Graduate or Equivalent, copy of diploma or GED
  2. Attend a mandatory Practical Nursing Preadmission Conference.
  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. If your college entrance exam math score is low, then you will need to take a math course Ex: MAT 110 or MAT 146.
  5. BIO courses must be completed in the past 10 years.
  6. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all coursework.
  7. Grade of C or better on all coursework applying to the PN Diploma.

What courses will I be taking for the Practical Nursing Program?

Pre-requisites must be completed by the application deadline. 

Prerequisites for the PN Program Credit Hours
FYE 105 Achieving Academic Success 3
BIO 137 A&P 1 OR BIO 135 4
AHS 115 OR CLA 131 Medical Terminology 3
ENG 101 Writing I 3
PSY 110 General Psychology 3
Semester 1  
NPN 106 Fundamentals of Nursing Care 6
NPN 108 Pharmacology in Nursing 3
NPN 125 Mental Health 3
BIO 139 Anatomy and Physiology II (unless BIO 135 was taken) 4
Semester 2  
NPN 140 Nursing Care I 3
NPN 208 Nursing Care II 10
Semester 3  
NPN 201 Childbearing Family 3
NPN 210 Clinical Practicum 4
NPN 215 Nursing Trends and Issues 1

How do I get started on the path to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse?

Apply to the college.  Are you already a student at Jefferson?  If you are not, then you need to apply to the college:  Click here to apply to the college. 

If you need help, please ask! Jefferson Community & Technical College has academic advisors to help you navigate the process of enrolling in college, submitting transcripts, and planning your educational journey.

  • For Downtown Students
    • If you do not have an assigned advisor or cannot locate their information, do not hesitate to contact the Advising Center via email to request E-Advising or assistance via email communications for advising questions.
  • For Carrollton Students –
    • If you do not have an assigned advisor or do not know who it is, you can call the main phone number (502)732-4846 or email  In addition, E-Advising will be available as well as assistance via email communications for advising questions.
  • For ESL Students - The ESL Office will remain open and continue serving students. Instead of coming to campus, students need to contact Jillian Pearsall at (502)213-5106 or email at
  • Students preparing to apply for the program will be advised by the advisors above.  After admission to the program, students will have nursing advisors.

Admission to the Program:

May be given to the following applicants:

  • Veterans, active-duty personnel, their spouses, and also displaced workers who qualify under the Trade Adjustment Act.
  • Students who 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.
  • Students who have completed all general education prerequisite and general education co-requisite classes.
  • Students who achieve assessment and college ready scores to allow for placement in college-level courses.
  • Students who demonstrate above-average standing in high school or on the General Education Development (GED) exam.
  • Policy
    • Admission to the PN Program is by selective admission.
      • The application process to the program is open to all qualified students.  A Selective Admission Committee reviews application files.
      • Meeting the minimum requirements permits students to be included in the qualified applicant 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.

Discrimination Statement:

Jefferson Community and Technical College does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, or handicap in employment, educational programs, or activities as outlined 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 providing direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions.  Therefore, to be considered for admission or to be retained in the program after entry, all applicants should possess sufficient:

  • Visual acuity, such as is needed in the preparation and administration of medications and for the observation required for patient assessment and nursing care;
  • Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and assess people's health needs 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 for the individual's interest;
  • Intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement care for individuals.

Have questions? 

Attend an informal informational session.  These sessions are conducted via Microsoft Teams online and are ideal for students not yet accepted to the program.  Each session lasts about one hour. Information about Microsoft Teams and how to use it:

Dates and times of upcoming informational sessions online:

January 26, 2022 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)
+1 859-286-5834,,675587874#   United States, Lexington
Phone Conference ID: 675 587 874#

February 24, 2022 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Microsoft Teams meeting
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Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)
+1 859-286-5834,,316376849#   United States, Lexington
Phone Conference ID: 316 376 849#

March 22, 2022 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)
+1 859-286-5834,,533865490#   United States, Lexington
Phone Conference ID: 533 865 490#

April 15, 2022 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Microsoft Teams meeting
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Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only)
+1 859-286-5834,,355759703#   United States, Lexington
Phone Conference ID: 355 759 703#


These sessions apply to both the Downtown and Carrollton Campuses

Follow this link to join a session at the appropriate time:

To Apply

Attendance to a Practical Nursing Preadmission Conference is required and allows eligible students to apply for the Practical Nursing Program.  Students ready and prepared to enter the program in the upcoming semester should attend one of these preadmission’s conferences.  

When - Practical Nursing Program preadmission conferences begin promptly at 4:30 PM EST and generally last one hour.  

Downtown, the link to register for Fall 2022:   
Click here to register for the preadmission conference. 
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022  4:00 – 5:00 PM room 253 in the Health Science Building
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2022  4:00 – 5:00 PM room 253 in the Health Science Building
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2022  4:00 – 5:00 PM room 253 in the Health Science Building
Carrollton, the link to register for Fall 2022:  
Click here to register for the preadmission conference at CARROLLTON
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022  4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022  4:00 – 5:00 PM

Where - The conferences are typically held virtually through Microsoft Teams Meetings and links to the meeting will be emailed one or two days before the conference date and a reminder again on the day of the conference. 

Requirements following acceptance to the program are subject to change:

A criminal background check and drug screen will be required.  The specific instructions and timelines will be communicated in the student's acceptance letter.  The cost associated with this is $61.20 and is paid by the student.

Criminal background checks can include:

  • Social Security Fraud
  • Criminal Background
  • Sex Offender Search
  • Abuse Registry
  • OIG Medicare Sanctioned List
  • Licensure
  • Certification
  • Designation
  • Situations in which a person does not have a satisfactory background check will be reviewed by the administration on a case-by-case basis. Convictions involving the following crimes, but not limited to these crimes, may serve to disqualify a person from participating in required clinical learning experiences.
  • Any felony, whether listed below or not
  • Crimes involving drugs, including but not limited to unlawful possession or distribution
  • Crimes of physical violence include any abuse (child, spousal, or elderly), abduction such as kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, robbery, sexual crimes, possession of a restricted firearm or any related weapons offenses, assault, and battery.
  • Conviction of a misdemeanor related to abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • Immunization requirements and a physical exam will be required to ensure student and patient safety.  These include:
    • Influenza during flu season, between August 30 and October 1; documentation of vaccination will be required by October 15 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, a test is given then read after 48-72 hours, step two, repeat step one between 7 to 21 days) This means not one day sooner than seven days & not one day later than 21 days.
    • TETANUS, DIPHTHERIA, and PERTUSSIS (Tdap) every ten years.
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox): series of 2 doses, four weeks apart or results of a varicella titer, with verification of immunity (positive result), is required. This must be completed one week before the first day of class. Would you please plan accordingly?
    • Hepatitis B vaccination (series of 3 doses, 2nd dose due one month after 1st dose; 3rd dose is due approximately five months after 2nd dose).  Or (series of 2 doses of Hepsaliv-B given at least four weeks apart).  The student may attend clinical once the series is started but must complete the series and submit updated results of each dose as soon as possible.  If the series was not completed within an acceptable time range, a positive titer is required.  The student may attend clinical once the series is started with the first dose; therefore, all three doses do not need to be completed one week before the first day of class; however, you must have started the first dose.
    • COVID 19 – Currently you must have started and then complete the vaccination process for one of the COVID-19 vaccinations to attend clinical.  Clinical attendance is mandatory.
    • Physical Assessment on Jefferson Community and Technical College's form, signed by a licensed healthcare provider, is required.
  • Fee for document management software during nursing program $25.00.
  • Information regarding HIPAA, OSHA/Infection Control, and Professionalism training videos will be sent for the student to complete before the semester.
  • 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).
  • Attend the orientation and the workshop during the week before classes start.  This information will be included in the acceptance letter.  These in-person meetings will be held Downtown for all practical nursing students.

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

  • 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 (JCTC) 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.
  • Students are financially responsible for the nursing pin and the pinning ceremony costs in 3rd/last semester of the PN Program.

Transferring from another nursing program?

It will be essential to reach out to the program coordinator of the Practical Nursing Program for direction when transferring from another college. Please see the directory on the last page for contact information.

Some things to consider:

  • Do you presently meet the admission requirements of the PN program?
  • Do you have unofficial transcripts from the college you are transferring from?
  • You will be required to submit a criminal background check and drug screen once admitted to the program.

Submit the Immunization and Physical Examination verification form by the deadline indicated in the letter approving the transfer.


The Practical Nursing (PN) Program of Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) 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).