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Associate Degree Nursing

Advising Plans
(71 credit hours)





Program Advisor

Linda Ballard, Program Coordinator
(606) 451-6737


Program offered at the Somerset and Laurel campuses.

Program Details

nursing aasCoursework in this program is presented in a daytime format; however, there may be occasional evening clinical experiences. The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares graduates to use their skill and knowledge to fulfill the role of the nurse: enhance human flourishing, demonstrate sound nursing judgment, continually develop professional identity, and possess a spirit of inquiry to improve the quality of patient care. Encompassed within these roles are the core components of context and environment, knowledge and science, personal/professional development, quality and safety, relationship-centered care, and teamwork. These core components are introduced, developed and built upon through the curriculum. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum is organized around a clearly defined conceptual framework and combines general education and nursing courses. The nursing courses correlate classroom and clinical instruction in a variety of community agencies.

Program admits one time per year for the fall semester (Somerset) and the spring semester (Laurel).

Technical Standards

  • Sufficient visual acuity
  • Sufficient auditory perception
  • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination
  • Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing)
  • Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions

Download Program Overview (pdf).
To learn how to apply to SCC, see the Admissions Checklist.


The Somerset Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; Phone: (404) 975-5000; Fax: (404) 975-5020.


Graduates are prepared to practice as a Registered Nurse in entry level staff nurse positions upon passing the licensure exam.

Application Process

Copies of the following materials must be submitted to the Nursing Coordinator’s office by March 1 for the Somerset program and by July 1 for the Laurel program:

  • Application for admission to SCC, submitted to the Admissions Office.
  • Official high school transcript indicating that the applicant has or will complete a high school course of study or a passing GED official score report, submitted to the Admissions Office.
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary work completed at other institutions, submitted to the Admissions Office.
  • Results of the ACT or NLN (National League for Nursing) Pre-Entrance Exam.
  • A pre-admission conference with the Nursing Coordinator or his/her designee is required prior to an applicant’s consideration by the Associate Degree Nursing Admissions Committee. YOU MUST ATTEND ONE CONFERENCE during each admissions period (unless waived by the Nursing Coordinator). Attending a conference at another community college will not be acceptable.
  • Letter of intent form will be distributed during the pre-admission conference and is required as a part of the application process.
  • Completion of a minimum 75 clock hour nursing assistant course or its equivalent and proof of active status on the Medicaid Nurse Aide Registry in Kentucky.
  • Completion of the KCTCS digital literacy (computer literacy) requirement.

Upon admission to the program, the student must submit the following:

  • Evidence of receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine series or a vaccine declination form
  • TB skin test or chest x-ray
  • Immunization records
  • Current CPR certification
  • Criminal background check and drug screen

How to get started

Contact the nursing program office to obtain an information packet. See above “Application Process” for more details.