What Is Nursing?
Course work in this program is presented in an evening/weekend format for working
students. 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
Program admits once every three semesters. Call the nursing office for dates.
- Sufficient visual acuity
- Sufficient auditory perception
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination
- Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing)
- Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions
What are my career options?
Nurses are employed in a variety of health care settings, such as: long term care facilities, hospitals, home health agencies, clinics, schools, physician and dentist offices, industrial settings and rehabilitation agencies. Graduates of the program are eligible to continue their education and complete a bachelor's degree in nursing through completion programs in surrounding four year universities.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Must have a current unencumbered license to practice as a practical nurse.
Must complete prior to enrollment in NSG 197
BIO 137 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 credit hours
BIO 139 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 credit hours
PSY 110 - General Psychology - 3 credit hours
Quantitative Reasoning course that meets AA or AS Degree - 3 credit hours
ENG 101 - Writing I - 3 credit hours
CPR 100 or equivalent | 0 - 1 credit
Total: 17-18 credit hours
NSG 195 - Transition to ADN - 4 credit hours
NSG 212 - Behavioral Health Nursing - 3 credit hours
Total: *19 credit hours
*Upon successful completion of NSG 195, an additional 12 credit hours will be awarded for advance standing.
NSG 229 - Medical Surgical Nursing II - 7 credit hours
NSG 211 - Maternal Newborn Nursing - 3 credit hours
BIO 225 - Medical Microbiology - 4 credit hours
Total: 14 credit hours
NSG 239 - Medical Surgical Nursing III - 6 credit hours
NSG 213 - Pediatric Nursing - 3 credit hours
Heritage/Humanities - 3 credit hours
Total: 12 credit hours
Total credits for program: 62-63
You can now participate in the online pre-admission conference.
After viewing the online pre-admission conference, a student will print off the Program Application (two pages) and the Statement of Program Requirements to be submitted by the appropriate programs’ application deadline.
If a student applied to the program or attended a pre-admission conference in the past, the student must still view the online pre-admission conference and submit all required application materials by the appropriate application deadline.
Materials may be submitted to the Program Coordinator or the Division Administrative Assistants.
The following materials must be submitted to the Admissions/Records office by the deadline date (call nursing office for dates):
- Application for admission to a KCTCS college.
- 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.
- Transcripts of all post-secondary work completed at other institutions.
- Results of the ACT or the PAX-RN (NLN Pre-Extrance Exam).
- Read the online pre-admission conference presentation and print, complete and submit the Program Application and the Statement of Program Requirements by the appropriate deadline. The conference presentation can be found on this page.
- A copy of current LPN/LVN license verification from the KBN website. Students currently enrolled in a LPN program must pass the NCLEX-PN exam and submit a copy of their PN license prior to enrolling in the first nursing course, if accepted into the program.
- Completion of the KCTCS digital literacy (computer literacy) requirement, not required for application, but required if admitted.
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
- Other vaccinations may be required depending upon clinical facility
- Current CPR certification (American Heart Association - Health Care Providers)
- Criminal background check and drug screen once a year
- Evidence of holding an active unrestricted license for practical/vocational nursing prior to enrolling in Nursing 197. LPN’s who graduated more than 3 years prior to admission into the ADN program must provide verification of current employment. Current employment shall be defined as 1 year full-time employment as a LPN/LVN within the last 3 years. Employment in nursing shall be defined as patient/client contact and shall be verified by the employing agency/agencies using the verification of employment form.
The Somerset Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; Phone: (404) 975-5000; Fax: (404) 975-5020.
Kentucky Board of Nursing Approval
The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Pursuant to the Kentucky Board of Nursing regulation 201 KAR 20:340, click the Nursing Program Benchmark Data link for benchmark data on all nursing programs in the state of Kentucky. Nursing Program Benchmark Data
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.