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What Is Nursing?

Coursework 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 

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?

Advising Plans

Must complete prior to enrollment in NSG 101

  • 75 clock-hour nursing assistant course or equivalent | 0 - 3 credits
  • CPR 100 or equivalent | 0 - 1 credit 

Must complete prior to enrollment in NSG 101

BIO 137 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 credit hours
PSY 110 - General Psychology - 3 credit hours
Quantitative Reasoning course that meets AA or AS Degree - 3 credit hours
Total: 10 credit hours

First Semester:

NSG 101 - Nursing Practice I - 9 credit hours
BIO 139 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 credit hours
Total: 13 credit hours

Second Semester:

NSG 219 - Medical Surgical Nursing I - 7 credit hours
NSG 212 - Behavioral Health Nursing - 3 credit hours
ENG 101 - Writing I - 3 credit hours
Total: 13 credit hours

Third Semester:

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: 13 credit hours

Fourth Semester:

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: 62-66



Applications will be accepted June 17 through July 1 for the Laurel A.D.N. Program. Applications received outside of these dates will, unfortunately, not be processed.

Applications should be mailed using the US Postal Service and must be postmarked on or before July 1. Emailed applications cannot be accepted. No exceptions can be made.

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Program Outcomes

Pre-Admission Conference

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.

Pre-Admission Conference

Application Process

The following materials must be submitted to the Admissions/Records office by March 1 for the Somerset program and by July 1 for the Laurel program:

  • 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 PAX-RN Exam (NLN Pre-Entrance 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.
  • 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.

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


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.

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Billie Duvall

Nursing - RN

Nursing Coordinator


Tanya Cowan

Nursing - RN Somerset Campus

Administrative Assistant



Kathy Howard

Nursing - RN Laurel Campus

Administrative Assistant


Jo Blevins

Nursing - RN 
Somerset Campus



Victoria Bowling

Nursing - RN 
Somerset Campus



Jillisa Hawk

Nursing - RN 
Somerset Campus



Janice Thomas

Nursing - RN 
Somerset Campus

Associate Professor


Beverely Shook

Nursing - RN 
Somerset Campus




Elizabeth Herren

Nursing - RN 
Somerset Campus




Shelia Bentley

Nursing - RN 
Laurel Campus

Assistant Professor


Vicki Conaway

Nursing - RN 
Laurel Campus



Amanda Horn

Nursing - RN 
Laurel Campus



Mary Jo Westerfield

Nursing - RN 
Laurel Campus