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Mission and Philosophy

Mission Statement

The mission of the KCTCS is “to improve the quality of life and employability of the citizens of the Commonwealth”. The mission of Somerset Community College supports this effort as it works “to provide quality, affordable, and accessible educational and training opportunities that address the needs of its district”. These guiding statements drive the Practical Nursing Program mission, which is “to work to meet training and employment needs for the individual and the community.” To meet this mission the program aims to provide training for job entry skills in the health care field and to develop employability skills that will allow the individual to be successful and productive in the workforce.


Practical nurses are integral members of the health care system, prepared to provide nursing care and health promotion to individuals across the life span in various health care settings under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, and/or dentist.

The statement of philosophy and the objectives of the program are consistent with the philosophy and mission statement of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and are supported by the work of Marjory Gordon, Abraham Maslow, and Erik Erikson.

The faculty believe:

Nursing is an art and a science that assists individuals across the life span with health promotion activities. Inherent to nursing are continued practice, education, and growth.

Practical nursing is administered by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), with joint emphasis on didactic and clinical instruction. The practical nurse is prepared to assist with health promotion and to provide nursing care to individuals across the life span utilizing interpersonal communication skills and the nursing process. Practical Nursing Education emphasizes the need for ongoing development of nursing knowledge and skills.

Learning is a life long process that produces changes in behavior. This process enables the individual to become a productive, responsible member of an ever-changing society. We believe that learning proceeds from simple to complex and is enhanced through critical thinking and stimulation of the senses.

The individual is a unique, holistic being worthy of dignity with right to self-determination. The individual has functional health patterns, based on basic human needs across the life span, with rights and responsibilities in relation to self, family, and social groups.

Health is a fundamental right that allows individuals, families or communities to develop their potential to the fullest.

 Environment encompasses the interaction of biological, socio-cultural, and physical components which influence health.